Daily Archives: January 25, 2016

February Movie Night – Sugar Coated

“How the food industry sugar-coated science, sweetened the food supply, and seduced a planet, one spoonful at a time.”


“How did the food industry get us to stop asking the question: is sugar toxic? It all starts with a secret PR campaign dating back to the 1970s. For forty years, Big Sugar deflected all threats to its multi-billion dollar empire, while sweetening the world’s food supply. As obesity, diabetes, and heart disease rates skyrocket, doctors are now treating the first generation of children suffering from fatty liver disease. The sugar industry is once again under siege. They dodged the bullet once. Will they do it again?” IMDB score = 7.7/10

Please RSVP via Eventbrite to help the kitchen know how many to expect.

As usual, the second Tuesday of the month – Tuesday 9th February

The Stirling Arms Hotel, 117 James street, Guildford

Join us for food and drinks from 6 pm onwards, Movie starts at 7 pm

Entry by donation

The Verge Gardeners Strike Again!

On Saturday we met on Ushii’s verge in South Guildford.  A few weeks ago our group had removed her roses and since then Ushii and her two visitors from France, young Fabien and Aurelie, had moved a limestone border to provide an edge between the verge and the front garden. Now the verge was ready for mulching.

With an endless supply of newspaper (thanks Cristina) and a free supply of mulch (thanks Mulchnet) we got started. Firstly we covered the couch grass with a layer of manure and then we piled on thick layers of wet newspaper. The manure stimulates growth of the couch grass and weeds briefly, only for them to die under the complete block out of sunlight by thick, well-layered and well over-lapped newsprint, cardboard or used carpet. This is a very effective and non-toxic method of weed suppression under the mulch layer.


Spreading manure and newspaper

With seven of us helping out together, and Peter’s massive fork, the mulch moved quickly; the whole process only took one and a half hours.  Then it was time to down tools and adjourn to Bolt Coffee at Men of the Trees for a great cuppa. There’s nothing better than getting a job like this done quickly with a few helping hands.


An endless supply of newspaper is very useful


Fabien was a great worker


as was Aurelie, though I think they were a little bewildered by the whole process!


Whereas the regulars have seen it all before…..


The finished product

This is a great time of year to prepare a verge, as there are months for the mulch to break down and start enriching the soil. Any grass that comes through can be covered and the verge should be ready for autumn planting.

In September Lisa Passmore from Inspired By Nature gave us a talk on growing natives. She brought along various plants which are suitable for verges and gave us tips for growing in our local conditions. We plan to follow up with a workshop on propagating native plants.


Not all the verges we work on are natives; several in our group are growing veges and fruit trees. Our next busy bee is Sunday November 1st, more mulching, with of course plenty of socialising and always ending with a cuppa! If you would like to join us, then please contact Pam at pamela.riordan@gmail.com.

Verge Gardening in Guildford and Surrounds

Have you ever driven past a lovely replanted verge and thought, “Gosh, I should do that!” What a great idea! Well now there’s a small group of keen neighbours in the Guildford area who would love you to join in.

Verge gardens

Here’s the idea: we’d love to get a few small groups of neighbours together, ideally a group(s) of homes that are close by, and ideally either in Guildford, or say, Woodbridge or South Guildford, to revamp their verges together.

We plan to start with a meet/greet/ideas session, with a speaker on how to clear your verge and get rid of grass/weeds. This is the ideal time of year to do so.

The remaining sessions would be rotated through participants’ verge locations, and include a short working bee to help each other get going – what a great idea! Then, a cuppa and a short talk/demo on a range of topics such as:

  • reticulation for verges
  • suitable natives and keeping them alive
  • veggies on the verge
  • mulching, etc

Our motive is to promote verge gardening and to create some fine and lovely local examples for people to enjoy.

Whether your interest is a verge planted with natives, veggies or just mulched, we’d love to hear from you.

Register your interest by emailing barb@beyondgreen.com.au or calling 0400 298 258