Australian landscape architect and television personality Costa Georgiadis checks out some of the fresh produce during celebrations for the Lismore Organic Markets’ 12th anniversary.
Australian landscape architect and television personality Costa Georgiadis checks out some of the fresh produce during celebrations for the Lismore Organic Markets’ 12th anniversary. Jay Cronan

'Grow soil and plants will follow'

"GROW soil!" is SBS TV gardening guru Costa Georgiadis's tip for summer gardening.

The star of Costa's Garden Odyssey was at Lismore Showground yesterday for the 12th birthday celebration of the Lismore Organic Market.

Warm and effusive, with big hugs for everyone who greeted him, Costa was enthusiastic about spreading the message of sustainability.

"Growing soil is the most important thing you can do," he told The Northern Star.

"Composting, layering and feeding the soil with whatever organic matter you can get hold of - manure, old newspapers, kitchen and garden waste - will produce living, fertile soil.

"Provide healthy soil for them, and seeds and plants will know what to do."

Costa said there was a misperception about composting being something only "hard-core" gardeners do.

"We all can understand that soil is a living thing," he said.

"You put living stuff in it and get living stuff out.

"I've come to understand that I can grow my own food and medicine - it's not rocket science.

"From growing good food, you get good health and happiness."

Lismore Organic Market was the first of its kind in Australia and the first farmers market in the Northern Rivers, according to marketeer Dave Roby.

By the time we caught up with him - the market starts at 7.30am every Tuesday - he had sold all his avocadoes and was rapidly selling his remaining bunches of chubby beetroots.

Mr Roby said there are now four markets being held a week in Lismore and stallholders are calling on Lismore City Council to provide a designated market area in the CBD so that markets could be held every day.

"It's happening all over the world," he said.

"Ask any market producer and they will say the problem is council's lack of vision.

"Lismore should be famous for food sustainability! We really are feeding people with fresh, local, organic produce, and we'll continue to do so, every Tuesday, until the end of the world."

 

Costa's tips

  • Everyone can make compost
  • Compost produces living, fertile soil
  • Make compost in layers
  • Use any organic matter, eg: manure, old newspapers, kitchen waste, garden waste, lawn clippings

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