Print Posted on 05/09/2017

Costa Georgiadis’s advice for novice gardeners

Costa Georgiadis’s advice for novice gardeners

By Tanya MacNaughton

LEARNING a new skill can be exciting and daunting all at the same time, and gardening is no exception.

Whatever your situation, whether it is moving house to somewhere with more garden options or just deciding now is the time to discover your green thumb, heading to work in the great outdoors should be an enjoyable experience.

ABC Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis shared some helpful advice to all gardening novices.

“For anyone new to gardening, welcome all aboard,” Georgiadis said.

“There’s lot’s to see here, so part with any feelings of intimidation and replace them with eyes and observation.

“Have a look at you neighbour’s garden; peek over fences and through railings. See what the gardeners in your area are growing because if they’re cutting the mustard, than you can too.

“The next step after peeking over the fence is when you see them, ask them questions.

“Go down to your local community garden and see what’s growing at that point in time. Speak to some of those gardening freaks down there because they love it. Make that communication and then start small.”

Georgiadis suggested starting by planting an array of salad greens and other edibles.

“Maybe plant a couple of pots of cherry or heirloom tomatoes,” he said.

“The cherry tomatoes are easy to start with because they’re pretty bullet proof and don’t get attacked too much.

“Get with some parsley and basil and a herb pot and you’ll see how much you can harvest. If you plant four or five lettuces in a reasonable-sized pot, you can peel off the outer leaves to make a salad enough for two people without noticing you’ve even taken any leaves.

“When you come home and find you can fill a salad bowl, add some cherry tomatoes and then all you have to do is add some nice fetta cheese or maybe you’ll cook a piece of meat and put on top, but you have your base.”

He said another option was to grow different greens to make a juice or green smoothie.

“Starting to appreciate what you grow by planting a few greens and having them in your morning drink is another way to slowly head towards becoming a gardener.”

Costa Georgiadis’s Top Tips for New Gardeners

  • Stop being intimidated and start observing.
  • Speak to neighbours and other gardeners in your community.
  • Start by planting hardy edibles including cherry tomatoes, parsley and basil.
  • Try growing greens to put in juices and smoothies.