Pappou’s backyard garden sowed a seed in the young Costa Georgiadis, who went on to become the Greek garden guru he is today
Costa doesn't want to be a preacher but what he says makes sense. We live in a time where we can get apricots in winter and strawberries all year round. We've forgotten about seasonal eating and entered a world dominated by want. And this want, this consumerism has had an adverse effect on the environment.
"Your body doesn't need it and it's costing the planet dearly to transport [foods out of season] far and wide just to say 'I am affluent, and I can have what I want and cook what I want when I want it," says Costa.
"They are what they are and you can't change the pace of [plants] - even though there are certain organisations that want to try and profess that you can speed things up, but the whole idea is to have seasons and to celebrate the produce."
And that's what it's all about, celebrating the produce that comes from that tiny garden on your street corner, the community plot, your backyard or a potted herb by your kitchen window - understanding and getting the benefits of gardening is all Costa wants for everyone. Being healthy by eating horta straight from the land, enjoying the benefits and nutrients, but also getting off the treadmill of life and getting out in the garden. But "be careful," says Costa," because you will get hooked".
Catch Costa on Gardening Australia on ABC1 every Saturday at 6:30 pm and the repeats on Sunday at 1:00 pm. Programmes can be downloaded or streamed at www.abc.net.au/gardening/ or watched on iview www.abc.net.au/tv/iview/
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