Get in quick, only 8 metro Adelaide councils have free seed packs left for new members. Find out which councils, and claim your pack of spinach and rocket seeds with Costa Georgiadis’ recipe for his favourite Greek pastry dish now.

TV personality Costa Georgiadis with his yia-yia’s famous spanakopita. Credit: Grow It Local

When you sign up to Adelaide’s Grow It Local platform between 1 and 24 March 2022 you’ll receive free packets of organic spinach and rocket seeds to grow, and then eventually bake the much-loved Greek spinach pie known as spanakopita (served with a rocket side salad).

The package will be mailed straight to your door. This incentive is to encourage at home food gardening across metropolitan SA.

Here’s all you need to know to claim your free seeds:

Take the seed-to-spanakopita adventure

Growing spinach and rocket is all about timing – and autumn is the best time to grow these 2 veggies.

You can plant them in pots on your patio or balcony, or in a small patch of your yard – but remember they like full sun and the cooler months.

Spinach takes about 6 weeks to grow and create a good harvest, and rocket is a bit faster at about 5 weeks.
Credit: Grow It Local

Grow It Local has your back and will coach you along the way with growing your organic spinach and rocket.

You’ll have access to videos about planting and tending to your veggies, as well as fun facts about the origins of spinach and rocket, their nutritional value and harvesting tips.

You’ll also get a copy of Australia’s landscape architect and ABC’s Gardening Australia TV personality Costa Georgiadis’ delicious spanakopita with a rocket side salad recipe to bake at home and enjoy with family and friends, or you can save it all for yourself!


Claim your free spinach and rocket seeds now

Update 22/3: Free seed packs are still available for 8 Adelaide metro council areas of City of Prospect, Town of Walkerville, City of Campbelltown, City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, City of Marion, City of Adelaide, City of Unley and the City of Holdfast Bay. Get in quick!

All you have to do is:

  1. Sign up to Grow It Local’s seed service and follow the registration prompts.
  2. Add the ‘Grow It Local Seed Service (Free) - Autumn 2022’ item to your cart, enter your postal details and then checkout.

Your seeds will be posted out from 28 March 2021.

Note: Offer is valid between 1 and 24 March 2022. You must be one of the first 50 new members from each of Adelaide’s 17 metropolitan council areas to claim free seeds.

Spinach harvest

What you’ll receive:

  • 1 packet of organic spinach seeds
  • 1 packet of organic rocket seeds
  • Access to how-to-grow videos from Australian chef and farm-to-plate TV presenter Paul West (via QR-code on the back of each seed packet).
  • A downloadable copy of Costa’s yia-yia’s (Greek word for grandma) recipe for spanakopita with a rocket side salad through the Grow It Local platform.

Let’s Grow It Local together

On top of the seed-to-plate giveaway, you’ll also be part of the Grow It Local community.

Food gardening is the perfect way to learn about nature, and a practical way for everyone to help create a cooler, greener and wilder metropolitan South Australia.

The Grow It Local platform is all about removing barriers to food gardening.

Once you sign up as a member you’ll gain access to:

  • free regular food gardening online workshops
  • free exclusive online ask-an-expert sessions
  • hours of past workshops by Australia’s gardening legends available on demand, and
  • an online marketplace to swap, sell and buy homegrown food with Adelaide’s gardening community.

Green Adelaide is seeding the introduction of the Grow It Local platform for metropolitan Adelaide. This includes working with Adelaide’s 17 metropolitan councils – the cities of Adelaide, Burnside, Campbelltown, Charles Sturt, Holdfast Bay, Marion, Mitcham, Norwood Payneham & St. Peters, Onkaparinga, Playford, Port Adelaide Enfield, Prospect, Salisbury, Tea Tree Gully, Unley, Walkerville and West Torrens – to support and promote the platform.

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