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Greenthumb Markos Dymiotis Opens Garden to Public

Passionate greenthumb Markos Dymiotis will open up his garden to the public next weekend as part of Australia’s Open Garden scheme.
Dymiotis, who migrated to Australia fifty-five years ago, said this is an opportunity to show people how to grow organic food, as well as demonstrating the benefits of sustainable living and a Mediterranean diet.
His garden in Melbourne’s Hampton, grows “all the normal Greek things,”  Dymiotis said.  He listed them as hot chili peppers, capsicum, tomatoes, four or five varieties of beans, dill, oregano, basil, mint, Greek sage, thyme, parsley, purslane and a “few other things”.
Dymiotis uses no pesticides or chemicals, instead covering his crops with netting to ward off birds, insects and pests.
By opening up his garden, Dymiotis said he is encouraging others to give gardening a go.
Dymiotis, who also makes wine and bakes his own bread in an outdoor wood-fire oven, said healthy living comes from simplicity.
In his fourth time opening up his garden to the public, Dymiotis is expecting a good turn-out.
The weekend will feature demonstrations on gardening, salad making, bread and wine-making as well as compost making, an information desk on the Herb Society of Victoria and a large salvia collection.
Visit Markos’ garden at 21 Barnett St, Hampton, on Saturday, February 5th and Sunday, February 6th, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
(source: neos kosmos)

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