Gardening guru Costa visits City of Vincent with tips on edible verges

How to eat your verge: Gardening guru Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia and City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole, Costa is in town to promote edible verges. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d473372
How to eat your verge: Gardening guru Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia and City of Vincent Mayor Emma Cole, Costa is in town to promote edible verges. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d473372

GARDENING guru Costa, from Gardening Australia, brought his expertise to the City of Vincent on Thursday.

Mayor Emma Cole met with Urban Food Street founders Costa, Kemp and Duncan McNaught to talk about the benefits of community gardens and edible verges.

The green-thumbed celebrity urged those thinking about starting a verge garden to do some research first.

“The first step is to contact your local council to see what the policy is for gardening on your verge and also don’t forget to dial 1100 before you dig to check if there are any utility services running underground,” he said.

“I’d also recommend getting your soil tested for heavy metals or chemicals.”

Ms Cole said Costa’s visit was good timing, with the Imagine Vincent campaign seeking ideas to bring residents together.

“Vincent is active in supporting local gardens with our annual Garden Competition, the community garden in North Perth and an Adopt a Verge program to create more green space in the City,” she said.

She said the City was reviewing its verge policy to incorporate edible verges.

“Our current verge policy wasn’t drafted with edible verges in mind; we are currently in the process of reviewing our verge policy and working with local community group Transition Town Vincent to create a Community Composting Hub in Mt Hawthorn,” she said.

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