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18
MAR

#077 Afro-Chic is making its Mark | Michael Rickhoff

Michael Rickhoff (Master Landscape Designer)

We set trends here in the south - not following the rest of the world!

While the rest of the world follow trends in gardening, taking their cue from the northern hemisphere summer garden ideas, there are a number of Proudly South Africans who are taking the leap into bringing OUR cultures to the forefront of garden design.

Michael Rickhoff takes us through what he believes the top trends are for this year in our country. Indigenous plants and African influences are the talk of the town - learn how to implement them in your own backyard
13
MAR

#076 It’s still Summer! | Cary Goodwin

Get yourself ready for Your Life in a Garden

Cary Goodwin (spokesperson Life is a Garden)

This month is a time of planning. Planning for your autumn and winter garden. Cary Goodwin gives us all the gen we need for ensuring you have all your bulbs (not) in a row and things to keep the kids busy too.
14
FEB

#075 All things Bright and Beautiful | Kathy Varney

The Trials and Tribulations of getting the Best Plants to you!

Kathy Varney (Marketing & Product Manager at Ball Straathof)

For years, Ball Straathof have been striving to bring colour, beauty and tasty morsels to all gardens and landscapes.

The BS Trials give all those in the gardening industry - and the public too - the opportunity to see what new plants are coming up in South Africa. One of the most eagerly awaited events on the gardening calendar. Has lockdown changed this? Or the gardening industry as a whole?

Kathy Varney gives us the good news and the inside scoop on what new releases we can expect to see in a garden centre near you!
Connect with Kathy on LinkedIn Ball Straathof Website
14
JAN

#074 Back to Basics! | Cary Goodwin

Start your Gardening Year off Greenly

Cary Goodwin (Spokesperson Life is a Garden, Head Garden Girl at Colourful Group)

The beginning of a New Year generally heralds new resolutions. If you haven't made one yet, let it be this - I am going to get Grounded!

From starting from scratch and getting your soil right, to bringing this year's colours into your space, Cary Goodwin gives us all of Life is a Garden's hints and tips to get you on the right gardening track to ensure success in your backyard - or courtyard!

Never scrimp on the basics, never be afraid to ask questions, and continue the joy you may have found during lockdown, by staying home and pimping your porch.

Music : https://JohnBartmann.com
Connect with Melanie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/melstreasures.co.za/

When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
12
DEC
2020

#073 If Trees Could Talk... | Megan Emmett Parker

And 100 of them you should get to know!

Megan Emmett Parker (author and senior producer in the environmental world)

With a Masters in environmental management, a conservation degree and a decade working as a senior producer on 50/50 on tv, Megan Parker has a solid grounding on all topics environmental.

Her book, Game Ranger in your Backpack, has been selling out and reprinted yearly since release ten years ago. And her book on trees, originally titled If Trees Could Talk, now published by Struik under the title 100 Bushveld Trees, is the go-to guide for those wanting to know more about our wonderful country, her biomes and the ‘beings’ that inhabit it.

Game Ranger in Your Pocket on Amazon https://amzn.to/3m73ezP
100 Bushveld Trees https://amzn.to/2LmQl8b
Megan on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-parker-39027510/
Music : https://JohnBartmann.com
Connect with Melanie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/melstreasures.co.za/

When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
27
NOV
2020

#072 A Blooming Good Christmas | Cary Goodwin

Christmas in a Garden with Life is a Garden

Cary Goodwin (Life is a Garden | Spokesperson and Colourful Group | Head Girl)

The summer holidays are a time to kick back and relax - and after the dreadful year many have had - thank you 2020! - with many people (still) staying home, it’s the perfect time to enjoy the fruits of your backyard labour.

Cary Goodwin tells us what indigenous trees are great stand-ins as a Christmas tree, let’s us in on the secret world of bugs, gives hints and tips on what to be doing in the garden, and beware - here be Dragons!

Life is a Garden Website https://lifeisagarden.co.za
Music : https://JohnBartmann.com
Connect with Melanie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/melstreasures.co.za/

When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
25
NOV
2020

#071 Give a present that Pops for Christmas! | Misha Teasdale

Regreening Africa the Greenpop way

Misha Teasdale (Co-founder and Director at Greenpop

Planet deforestation and carbon emissions have become watchwords in the global environment and economy. Our new ‘climate-reality’.

With this in mind, in 2010 Misha Teasdale set about creating a community that reconnects humans with nature through tree planting and other environmental and social mass action

Greenpop is an award-winning registered non-profit organisation headquartered in Cape Town, which works towards restoring ecosystems and empowers environmental stewards through reforestation, urban greening, sustainable development, and environmental art projects across Sub-Saharan Africa.

If you’d like to add to the Green Explosion, then Listen Here!

Visit Greenpop's website https://greenpop.org/
Music : https://JohnBartmann.com
Connect with Melanie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/melstreasures.co.za/

When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
07
NOV
2020

#070 Summer’s Buzzing! | Cary Goodwin

Get out into your Garden

Cary Goodwin (Spokesperson Life is a Garden, Head girl at Colourful Splendour Group and Peebles Plants)

Life is a Garden (the PR part of the South African Nurseryman’s Association) grants the public all the gardening know how necessary to create your own little piece of Eden in your backyard, through their website and ongoing events - live and virtual - as well as supplying useful information to all publications in South Africa.

This month, Cary Goodwin let’s us know what’s on the agenda and what we should be doing through the month of November. On the menu - beetroot, Inca lilies, roses, indoor plants and much much more!

Music : https://JohnBartmann.com
Connect with Melanie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/melstreasures.co.za/

When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
17
OCT
2020

#069 Dig your Dirt | Donvae Hooker and Cathy Church

Friendly by Nature. The Greenest Way to Grow

Donvae Hooker and Cathy Church (EcoBuz)

Environmentally aware gardeners are always looking for the best way to look after their plants while looking after their soil and surroundings. Donvae Hooker and Cathy Church explain how through some great scientific developments, safe, effective, chemical-free pest control solutions are now available to South African homes and gardens thanks to EcoBuz, a company that is dedicated to completing the vision and ‘dream’ of offering safe and sustainable gardening solutions into the hands of all South Africans.

Visit their website https://ecobuz.co.za
Music : https://JohnBartmann.com
Connect with Melanie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/melstreasures.co.za/

When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
06
OCT
2020

#068 Flower Power | Gundula Deutschlander

Garden Day SA - Growing Memories

Gundula Deutschlander (Master Gardener, Garden Day Ambassador)

Garden Day SA on Sunday 11th October, is the perfect day to invite friends and family to celebrate your garden and green spaces with you.

Master Gardener Gundula Deutschlander, one of the Garden Day ambassadors, gives us the lowdown on why gardening is good for you, and what is happening around this Glorious Green event.

Conscious that we are still social distancing and that some people can’t even in fact go outside, this year the organisers are hosting the first ever Virtual Garden Day Gathering. The line-up includes a host of events, such as garden-inspired gourmet with Karen Dudley, a flower crown-off with comedian Schalk Bezuidenhout and a QandA session with garden guru Tanya Visser amongst others. This will all take place via Zoom and Facebook Live. In the lead up to Garden Day, they will also be hosting a number of virtual events flower crown making workshops and how to prepare for your Garden Day celebration.

Music : https://JohnBartmann.com
Connect with Melanie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/melstreasures.co.za/

When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
06
OCT
2020

#067 Win Win Win! | Michaela Rowley

Be a Green Winner Wena

Michaela Rowley (VegePod SA)

Now that spring is sprung, the rains have come and we’re all itching to get our fingers into the soil, what better way to celebrate being Green than with the opportunity to win a healthy hamper of Green Goodies!

This Spring promotion is happening from the 7 - 16 October 2020, and includes some great stuff from not only Vegepod, but from Jane’s Delicious Garden, 6 Degrees East and others.

Vegepod’s Michaela Rowley tells us how you can enter, and more about how to grow your own if you’re strapped for space.

Visit our website https://vegepod.co.za
Music : https://JohnBartmann.com
Connect with Melanie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/melstreasures.co.za/

When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za
22
SEP
2020

#066 Teach a Man to Grow Fish | Justin Hess

Scaling Up The Wonderful Cycle of Life

Justin Hess (Ichthys Aquaponics | MD)

It used to be hydroponics was just a nod, nod, wink, wink, word for pot growing.

Now it is accepted by consumers as a preferred method of growing high-quality food.

Taking it one step further in Johannesburg, Ichthys Aquaponics have cast their line into the water and under the leadership of keen fisherman and g grower Justin Hess, set up a fish/farm which not only supplies great fresh produce, but also help those on a quest for sustainable food security to set up their own system at home.

And why are we loving it? Well, because we can grow food right where it’s going to be eaten.

They have also joined forces with Eastgate Mall in creating a rooftop farm, utilising waste space for growing - the first to be set up on top of a shopping mall. The Aquaponics Farm District aims to create a hub to educate local communities on alternative farming methods, showcasing how aquaponics is the future of sustainable farming.

Hear why more and more people are turning to this method of Urban Farming...

Aquaponics website https://aquaponics.africa/
Eastgate Mall https://eastgatemall.co.za/
Connect with Justin on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/justin-hess-609a342/
Music : https://JohnBartmann.com
Connect with Melanie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/melstreasures.co.za/

When you're ready to #BeHeard, contact the podcast specialists at SolidGold.co.za

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