Costa Georgiadis turns the first sod for Veggie Barter Australia's new permaculture community garden

CELEBRITY gardener Costa Georgiadis was in his element while visiting Australiana Pioneer Village last weekend, where he turned the first sod for Veggie Barter Australia’s brand new community garden.

The permaculture garden - a fenced-in acre of prime gardening land on the grounds of Pioneer Village in Wilberforce - will be a space for members of the Hawkesbury Veggie Barter group to grow crops and hold their regular trade meets.

GREEN THUMBS: Celebrity gardener Costa Georgiadis with founder of Veggie Barter Australia Kirsty Berte at the new permaculture garden in Wilberforce. Picture: Supplied

GREEN THUMBS: Celebrity gardener Costa Georgiadis with founder of Veggie Barter Australia Kirsty Berte at the new permaculture garden in Wilberforce. Picture: Supplied

Costa, who is well known for his role on television show Gardening Australia, visited the patch during the Pioneer Village’s 48th birthday celebrations.

Kirsty Berte, founder of Veggie Barter Australia, said Costa chatted with group members and perused the progress they’d made on the garden thus far.

“Costa planted our first lemon tree and gave a talk on the best method to use when planting citrus,” said Ms Berte.

“He got a couple of kiddies involved and even pretended to eat a couple of big fat worms they discovered while planting the lemon tree!”

Group members have been busy preparing the land, and have built a permaculture herb spiral with pond, a Cambodian compost bay, and have sheet-mulched two garden beds.

“Costa was so impressed he would like to keep in touch and come back in Autumn to do a community planting day with us,” said Ms Berte.

Costa is a huge fan of the Hawkesbury, having visited during the annual Hawkesbury Show this year.

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