TV garden guru tours Delacombe Primary School plot

DELACOMBE Primary School pupils were amazed on Thursday to discover gardening guru Costa Georgiadis has 6000 pets – but mostly of the wiggly kind.

Garden pets: Costa Georgiadis visits Delecombe Primary School on Thursday. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

Garden pets: Costa Georgiadis visits Delecombe Primary School on Thursday. PICTURE: JUSTIN WHITELOCK

“They’re spread over a few containers,” Mr Georgiadis said with a grin before giving away it was actually his worm farm.

The host of ABC’s Gardening Australia also has chooks on his Sydney property, which probably explained why he was wearing a T-shirt that said: “I Love 

Chickens”.

Mr Georgiadis toured the school’s Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden with grades three to six pupils and the garden’s co-ordinator and horticulturalist, Wendy 

Ruddick.

Ms Ruddick said the school followed the “simple rules of grow, harvest, prepare and share”.

After young pupil Sarah asked him how to grow vegetables in water, Mr Georgiadis explained how hydroponics and aquaculture worked, before turning to the latest hybrid version, aquaponics.

“It’s using the wee and poo of the fish to make plants grow,” he said, much to the pupils’ amusement.

Touring the garden, Mr Georgiadis played tic tac toe with vegetable seed packets, balanced on tractor tyres and took photographs of items that took his fancy, including an upturned tree root made into a work of art.

“That’s fantastic. I love it,” he said.

Mr Georgiadis said he also took away ideas from each school he visited.

“I’ll be taking ideas from Delacombe with me when I visit the Northern Territory the week after next,” he said.

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