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Verge Gardening Workshops


Last Saturday our verge gardening group moved some fruit trees from Kim’s shady backyard to her sunny verge. We dug some huge holes, filled them with all sorts of wonderful compost and poo and then planted a lemon tree, fig tree and a weeping mulberry. It was surprising what a facelift it gave to the streetscape!

Planting the weeping mulberry

Planting the weeping mulberry

Pleased with our handiwork

Pleased with our handiwork

We were successful in our application to a Community Grants scheme from  the new St John of God Hospital in Midland. As a result we are able to call in some experts to guide our gardening projects. On Saturday July 11th, we have James McDonald coming to Emily’s verge to get us started on her vege patch.

James McDonald is the Perth Urban Farming guy. His passion for encouraging people to grow their own organic food spawned a Kickstarter project to find and fund vacant land in and around metro Perth that could be used to grow food, and to share it with those in need. The Perth Urban Farming project was born using underutilised suburban garden space to grow fresh organic food for the homeless. James will be sharing his vegetable growing expertise and ideas with us as we help Emily get her verge veggie patch set up. Warning: you may be inspired to go home and grow your own. In his spare time, James is studying sustainability at Edith Cowan University, and is a regular volunteer at Big Help Mob. Check out James’ Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/perthurbanfarmingproject/permalink/740606342704592/?pnref=story

For those who want to grow natives, on Saturday July 25th we have two Master Gardeners from Kings Park coming to teach us all the secrets of growing natives right here in the Guildford/Bassendean area. Edna Darge will talk about species selection and Len Burton will discuss soils.

Cristina's emerging everlastings

Cristina’s emerging everlastings

Both these workshops are free, however we do need to know if you are coming. Please contact Pam on 93782523 or email pamela.riordan@gmail.com to obtain the address for the workshops. Both will be in Guildford.


Tash’s Verge

Kitchen Gardeners’ Intro to Permaculture workshop

TTG Kitchen Gardeners’

Intro to Permaculture Workshop 

with Bonnie Wykman 

She’s back for a visit!

Bonnie’s brief return to WA is an opportunity too good to miss! Join us with Bonnie Wykman from Black Earth Education for a morning of exploring the basics of permaculture. This introduction to the philosophy of working with nature will change the way you design and manage your own garden in a considered and sustainable way.

The workshop will be hosted by South Guildford Kitchen Gardener Laurynne Joyce. Bonnie will be using the example of Laurynne’s backyard and garden to illustrate how you can apply ecological design and permaculture principles to your own garden. 

Bonnie is a well travelled and popular presenter and trainer in all things related to permaculture who is very well known to the local community. You are sure to enjoy learning from her wealth of knowledge and experience in all things to do with growing food in your own backyard.


RSVP: We’ll be in a South Guildford back yard. Places are limited. Please Register via Eventbrite so we can be sure to fill all available spots.


COST:    $20 per person, including a yummy morning tea.

DATE:    Saturday 18th July 2015

VENUE:  Laurynne’s place. Address will be sent when you Register.

TIME:     Join us from 9am until 12pm.

Verges to Veges

Busy Bee at Tash's

Our verge garden group met at Tash’s last Saturday. She had already begun digging up her couch grass and replacing it with fruit trees, veges and herbs. So we extended the area significantly with a solid digging session! It doubled her available gardening area, so now Tash can get planting.

Tash's 1

Who are the verge gardeners? Basically we are a group of people who like gardening and we help one another with labour and advice to makeover our verges, transforming them into corridors of food or wildlife habitat. And it beautifies the street and saves water. Below is also a photo of Cristina’s verge that we worked on a month ago; the greenery is the emerging everlasting seedlings.

Emerging everlastings at Cristina's

Emerging everlastings at Cristina’s

We meet about every 3 weeks on a Saturday afternoon. If you would like to join in contact Pam at pamela.riordan@gmail.com.