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Welcome to Grounded. Hosted by the ever-energetic Melanie Walker, this podcast explores gardening, nature, adventure, and all things Green and Grounded.

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Welcome to Grounded. Hosted by the ever-energetic Melanie Walker, this podcast explores gardening, nature, adventure, and all things Green and Grounded.

    Dig your Dirt | Donvae Hooker and Cathy Church (EcoBuz)

    Dig your Dirt | Donvae Hooker and Cathy Church (EcoBuz)

    Dig your Dirt — EcoBuz - 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/




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    • 32 min
    Flower Power | Gundula Deutschlander (Master Gardener, Garden Day Ambassador)

    Flower Power | Gundula Deutschlander (Master Gardener, Garden Day Ambassador)

    Flower Power — 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/




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    • 23 min
    Win Win Win! | Michaela Rowley (VegePod SA)

    Win Win Win! | Michaela Rowley (VegePod SA)

    Win Win Win! — 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/




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    • 8 min
    Teach a Man to Grow Fish | Justin Hess (Ichthys Aquaponics | MD)

    Teach a Man to Grow Fish | Justin Hess (Ichthys Aquaponics | MD)

    Teach a Man to Grow Fish — 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/




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    • 28 min
    Spring has Rounded the Corner | Cary Goodwin (Spokesperson Life is a Garden and headgirl at Colourful Group)

    Spring has Rounded the Corner | Cary Goodwin (Spokesperson Life is a Garden and headgirl at Colourful Group)

    Spring has Rounded the Corner — Time for Some Summer Fun!
    Cary Goodwin (Spokesperson Life is a Garden and headgirl at Colourful Group)

    Lockdown gave us time to prepare for spring in the garden - and now it’s upon us, it’s time to get geared up for Summer. It’s a busy month out there. What with It being Arbor Month!

    Trees are very much on our minds, and Cary a Goodwin of Life is a Garden tells us what we should be looking at planting, regardless of the space you have available.

    With Heritage Day in the offing, we also have a look at heritage plants in our country. And take yo on a seedling safari.

    And don’t forget - Garden Day on 11 October. You have time to grow some lovely green presents for friends and family and plan your flower coronet...




    Visit 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/




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    • 34 min
    Summer Treasure Hunt! | Charles Barnhoorn (Hadeco Bulbs | CEO)

    Summer Treasure Hunt! | Charles Barnhoorn (Hadeco Bulbs | CEO)

    Summer Treasure Hunt! — Blooming Marvellous Bulbs
    Charles Barnhoorn (Hadeco Bulbs | CEO)

    Rudyard Kipling May have said - Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade - but sometimes gardens are made by things hiding in the shade.

    Over the years, people eagerly await the heralds of spring, the beautiful array of winter bulbs that show their lovely heads the moment the ground temperature has warmed.

    For those who miss the spring boat, there’s no reason not to have a beautiful Summer garden, considering the wealth of floral treasures now available.

    Charles Barnhoorn, leading expert and grower, gives us and update on what’s new and exciting in their range, how to make sure you get the best from your edibles, and how to create a blooming marvellous space, whatever size it is.




    Visit https://hadeco.co.za




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




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    • 28 min

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