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Melanie Walker's Grounded

Melanie Walker's Grounded

Author: Melanie Walker | Solid Gold Podcasts

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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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Waste not, Want not — Waste minimisation. And what really happens to waste? Colleen du Toit (Abstract Waste | Founder and CEO) Many of us don’t give much thought to what happens to all the stuff we discard. Fortunately, with landfills filling up almost to full capacity, those environmentally conscious amongst us are working on ways to lessen our impact when it comes to tossing rubbish. By having bokashis, worm bins and composters at home, and recycling and upcycling. Ever thought, though, how businesses go about dealing with their waste? Colleen du Toit of Abstract Waste lets us know what they’re doing to help companies get rid of food waste safely and efficiently. Connect with Colleen on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/colleen-du-toit-21bb1416/ Contact Colleen for assistance with your business' waste minimisation requirements mailto:colleen@abstractwaste.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
Saving Our Environment — Reducing Business’s Impact on Nature Eckart Zollner (EDS Systems | Head of Business Development) Climate change is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges to threaten the existence of mankind and an issue that the SA Government is attempting to tackle head on. This is not just a governmental issue however - businesses need to come to the party too. The 5th June saw World Environment Day placing emphasis on restoration of nature, and how we can all lessen our carbon footprints - something we saw changing worldwide with the lockdowns in place during the global Covid pandemic. Eckart Zollner discusses the effects of greenhouse gases on nature and the environment and the importance of embracing saving our natural world. Visit EDS website https://www.eds.za.com/ 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
Why 70%? And other hand sanitiser questions — Keep your hands clean! Gently and safely Bruce Turner (The Bespoke Amenities Co. | MD) Today Melanie talks to Bruce Turner, Managing Director of The Bespoke Amenities Company about hand sanitiser, as well as those little things (like shampoo and body wash) you like to take home from hotels. Contact Bruce directly bt@tbac.co.za Connect with Bruce on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-turner-58336116/ Visit The Bespoke Amenities Company (TBAC) website https://tbac.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
Life is a Garden — Make your Garden a Reflection of your Life Cary Goodwin (Spokesperson for Life is a Garden, Peebles Plants and Colourful Group) Winter is a time when many people hang out indoors, leaving their garden to fend for itself. However, winter is a great time for taking stock of what’s going on in your own backyard. Cary and Melanie chat about ways to make your space work for you, How to get your groove back by putting your back into the work, and about what to be planting in the winter months around South Africa. Look out for more great ideas and gardening tips on Life is a Garden's 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
Lockdown doesn’t mean Shut Down — And Stay at Home doesn’t mean Say Inside Michael Rickhoff (Master Designer) Staying onside, not staying inside, has been the way of thinking for those who enjoying growing and have been kept at home by the Lockdown. Michael Rickhoff gives us Green ideas for your space, whether you have a lovely garden or just a sunny windowsill. And looks at the trends that are arising from this strange ‘new’ world we find ourselves living in. 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
Switching on your garden — Preparing for a burst of spring colour with Bulbs - turn it on! Charles Barnhoorn (Hadeco Bulbs | MD) and Michael Rickhoff (Master Designer) Gardening during lockdown has been something of a trial for those who love to plant. But with the opening of Garden Centres for trade, this is the time to not only look at what food plants to get your hands on, but also to prepare your garden - and life - for brighter times ahead. May is the time to plant bulbs as ground temperatures have decreased sufficiently. Charles Barnhoorn gives us all the tips and tricks to get the best from these true treasures, he it in the garden or indoors. Visit Hudaco's website for more information https://hadeco .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
In this challenging time of the Covid-19 (SARS-CoronaVirus-2) outbreak, with people being encouraged to self-isolate as much as possible, we must remember that essential services need to be kept running. Many services are under major pressure, one of which is the South African National Blood Service. With people working from home, schools and universities closed, and fewer visitors to Shopping centres where they do blood drives, blood donations have dropped to a point where national blood banks have only enough for three days. This means there won't be enough blood for those who really need it - for those involved in accidents, for those undergoing operations or those having transfusions. Dr Pheello Lethola, Lead Consultant for Blood Donor services, is on hand to tell us why it's safe to continue giving blood, and the steps the SANBS are taking to ensure your safety, while ensuring we can save lives. SANBS 0800 119 031 COVID-19 HOTLINE at the NCID 0800 029 999 Visit the SANBS website https://sanbs.org.za Music : https://JohnBartmann.com Connect with Melanie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/melstreasures.co.za/ When you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
All about Ecobricks, saving the planet and educating children about the importance of reducing plastic pollution, recycling and taking responsibility for making the planet cleaner. Meet Sean Williams and help him change the world https://swcontracts.co.za/meet-sean-williams/ Learn more about Anthea and Eco Balance Lifestyle https://ecobalancelifestyle.com/ Connect with Melanie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/melstreasures.co.za/ When you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
Going into autumn, life becomes interesting in your backyard. Cary Goodwin let's us in on all the must do and must haves for the upcoming month. From veggie gardening to what's on the hard gardening calendar, you'll hear about it here! Connect with Melanie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/melstreasures.co.za/ When you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
Winners - not binners. That was the first thought when finding out what Winnie 'Upcycle' McHenry was up to. Landfills are filling up to capacity. There's plastic pollution in our oceans. The 70s and 80s notion of 'consume, consume, consume' is not only outdated, but should be outlawed! Fortunately there are some people who are doing something drastic (and not just by cutting the plastic). Winnie holds close to the thought - Don't throw away. It can be used in some other way. And she's training people - up-skilling them - to think the same and how to do the same. And create their own businesses. She shares with us how we, and corporates, can be less wasteful and more environmentally conscious, and creative with the waste we create. Visit Winnie's website and be part of the change http://www.upcycle.co.za/ If you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
From soil to supper, Gardening had its ups and downs. With people getting back to their roots and coming down to earth, the want to know more about how to grow your own or to enhance your livings space - and your life - has become a must have. As numbers of people entering into horticulture and landscaping worldwide have dwindled, the demand for people who are able to create beautiful working works of art outside, or those who are able to provide food security, has grown exponentially. Lifestyle College in Johannesburg is the only non-university learning facility that offers qualifications in Hirt and garden design. Michael Rickhoff runs us through what it's all about, what to expect and how a career in the Green industry - no matter your age - is a growth industry! If you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
The countdown to the Johannesburg International Flower Show has started - and the excitement from the attendees is palpable. But it's not just about Show Gardens. The massive floral pavilion is hosting the cream of SA's floral stylist talent, with fabulous displays and floral chandeliers taking pride of place. Our three guests, Kim, Mira and Karen are completely passionate about plants - although... they don't grow them - they turn them into works of art. Want to know more? Then Listen Here! Book now at https://johannesburgflowershow.com/ https://johannesburgflowershow.com/ If you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
Sunday 20 October is Garden Day this year. Cary Goodwin and I give you all the hints and tips you'll need - courtesy of Life is a Garden - to create that glorious garden of your own. Whether it be a backyard patio or balcony, or your own little plot of heaven, there's no reason not to add loads of green to your life. And listen out for upcoming garden events, including the Gardens of Saint Christopher open day in Hyde Park Johannesburg on Garden Day. If you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
Green issues and the environment are coming more and more under the spotlight worldwide as Donna-Mari Noble of MPact tells us, the time has come for all people to get proactive when it concerns us tidying up after ourselves. In this episode, we get all the hints and tips on how to be less of a litterbug and how to make an impact - of the good variety - on the world around us. http://mpact.co.za/ click here If you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
October is the month of the King (or should that be Queen) of the plant world to make themselves known in SA. Roses are the plant that conjure up visions of love, not just through their good looks, but the memories their scent evoke... Long thought by many to be particularly pernickity, difficult to grow and in need of far too much attention, Roses have proven their worth in water scarce gardens around the country. As one of the top Rose breeders in the country, Anja Taschner demystifies the lore of these beauties, and tells us more about the latest Named Rose to come from their stable in honour of Thuli Madonsela. https://www.ludwigsroses.co.za/ click here If you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
During Arbor Month, following up interviews a year ago, Julian Ortlepp updates us on the Shothole Borer crisis, what remedies may be available and what we can do about it. We also take a look at what tree's we can and should be planting, and discuss the pros and cons of bushwhacking! Visit the Tree Works website click here If you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
Life Is a garden is the go-to guide for gardeners across the country. Cary Goodwin takes us through what this time of year brings for us in terms of great plants, ugly noonoos and keeping kids busy. Visit Life is a Garden's website click here If you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
Annuals are the perfect solution for instant colour - especially when coming out of a dry, dull winter. Peter Goodwin takes us through new and improved varieties to give your garden that lift it needs. Visit the Peeble Plants website click here If you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
Spring is an exciting time of year in the garden with all the colour popping out all over. Michael Rickhoff explains why pink isn't just a colour and what we should be thinking about when it comes to creating a fabulous outdoor space. Lifestyle College for Landscape Design and Horticulture courses click here Connect with Jacky Van Wyk on LinkedIn click here If you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
Ardent horticulturist turned plant hunter extreme, Judd Kirkel Welwitch is often to be found trundling the back roads of South Africa's botanical hotspots looking for rare plants. He's setting out on an epic journey to describe and name a plant he discovered which hasn't been seen by the botanical world to date. Join us on his journey to find out more! If you're ready to produce your own podcast, contact the podcast experts at SolidGoldStudios.co.za
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