Gardening 101

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Presented by Melanie Walker and Linda Galvad, the third season of Gardening 101 showcases noteworthy gardens that are sure to inspire novice and seasoned gardeners alike. Melanie takes a closer look at what sets these gardens apart, while Linda shares her knowledge on organic vegetable gardening.

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Episode 1 – Parktown

Melanie visits the renowned Roedean School gardens in Johannesburg for some inspiration. Then organic vegetable gardening expert Linda Galvad gives you the 101 on starting your own edible patch. Melanie also looks at some lily varieties to brighten your garden…

Episode 2 – Dunkeld West

Melanie visits Birdlife SA’s eco-friendly garden in the heart of Johannesburg to find out how we can encourage wildlife into the garden, even if you are in a suburb .Linda Galvad shows you options in which you can grow your veggies and herbs. Find out how you can enhance your garden with daisies…

Episode 3 – Glenshiel

Plants:Shady ladies

We’ll be taking a leisurely walk in the gardens of the Glenshiel Mansion in Westcliff. Organic gardening expert Linda Galvad gives you the basics of soil when starting a veggie garden, then it’s off to the nursery for some shady ladies that can light up even the darkest part of any garden…

Episode 4 – Bryanston

Plants:Blue & orange

Melanie visits a park like garden in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg that is not only magnificent but also provides a good habitat for birds and insects. Linda Galvad shares tips and tricks on getting your seeds germinating and off to a winning start. We also give you ideas of plants and colour schemes that will transform your garden….

Episode 5 – Mulligatawny

Plants:Meadow planting

Melanie visits a grand country garden in the North West province that brings together European flavour to an African landscape. Linda Galvad covers all you need to know to get your seedlings into the garden, bringing you one step closer to reaping the rewards of organic vegetable gardening. Then we find out what plants to look out for when creating a meadow garden.

Episode 6 – Melville Koppies


Melanie visits a small garden in Melville Johannesburg – with lots of interest and clever ways of solving design challenges. Linda Galvad takes a look at different kinds of trellises and the plants that need a little help to perform and produce at their best. And if you need some bright colour to spark up your garden then annuals are the way to go.

Episode 7 – Townhouse Garden

Plants:Trees for a small garden

On this episode of Gardening 101, it’s all about small space gardening. We check out a contemporary work of art that showcases clever design principles and ways to maximize your space. Our organic gardening expert Linda Galvad, shows you how to protect your fruit and veggies against birds and pests… then Melanie gives you the 101 guide to finding the perfect size tree for a small garden

Episode 8 – Shepstone Gardens

Plants:Herbaceous borders

On this episode of Gardening 101, we bring you the renowned Shepstone Gardens located in the heart of Johannesburg. We discover gardens of varying styles which have made this venue a firm favourite for weddings and other special occasions. Linda Galvad advises on which insects you want in your vegetable garden and shows you ways to attract these beneficial insects. Then we find out how to create beautiful herbaceous borders for the garden.

Episode 9 – Random Harvest nursery

Melanie visits Random Harvest nursery to find how we can go about indigenous gardening, especially in the highveld. Linda Galvad shows how to make your own compost and we take a look at indigenous plants that not only give you colour but also attracts wildlife into the garden.

Episode 10 – Cradle of Humankind

Melanie visits Bristlecone nursery in Cradle of Humankind to explore their gardens and the variety of plants available. The concept of “crop rotation” could sound daunting, but Linda Galvad takes the sting out of this crucial part of organic edible gardening. And we also find out more about the varieties of grasses to use in the garden.

Episode 11 – Pretoria Botanical

We go wandering around the Pretoria Botanical gardens for inspiration. Organic vegetable gardening can take place right through the year, if you plan accordingly. Linda Galvad shares tips and tricks for gardening in the colder months. And we also take a look at the world of succulents.

Episode 12 – Lifestyle Garden Show 2017

This episode featured the much anticipated the Lifestyle Garden design show 2017. Growing your fruit and veg on a small scale is a great idea and one that is very achievable. Linda Galvad gives a recap on creating the perfect soil for container gardening and shows you how to plant sweet potatoes and  we bring you a designer rooftop garden that’s perfect for a modern space.

Episode 13 – Landscapes and Eco-living

Melanie visits a modern home in Parkhurst that boasts a cottage garden, an outdoor recreational garden room and a rooftop veggie garden. After weeks of nurturing and caring for your green babies, Linda Galvad takes a look at the joys of harvesting. When to harvest, how to harvest and what to do with some of the produce after harvesting! We also bring you a piece of Provence from the North West province as we explore the eco- estate Estate d’afrique.