Roots and Allis creating Podcasts & Written Articles
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Become a Bud
You'll also get access to the Patron-Only Feed where I'll post behind the scenes content, such as Mini-Videos. I'll share videos of my own plants and let you in on my gardening practices - there'll be plenty of examples where I show you how to do it and how not to do it too!
Once you sign up, you'll get new content uploaded regularly, plus get Access to the Back Catalogue of content that's exclusive to Patrons.
Become a Feeder
Access to the Patron Only Feed AND Awesome Extra Audio Content
Signing up to become a Feeder means you are helping to keep the lights on and food on the table for the Roots and All family. As you're helping feed the animals, it's only fair that you get access to the Patron-Only Feed (see tier above) of behind the scenes at the RAA set-up, including occasional cute pics of your those you're feeding, like Eddie here.
PLUS You also get access to Extra Audio Content. This extra content is occasional episodes where I chat about gardening, orread sections from classic, out of copyright horticultural books. This can be anything from how-to guides, to botanical studies, to biographies...Anything I find that's useful and interesting is fair game! Out of copyright authors include great gardeners like William Robinson and Gertrude Jekyll, artist and traveller Marianne North, botanist Henry Nicholson Ellacombe and landscaper designer Frederick Law Olmsted. The potential texts are endless and incredibly exciting so I hope you'll join me on my journey through horticultural history.
Once you sign up, you'll also get Access to the Back Catalogue of content, meaning every piece of extra audio that's ever been recorded. What an absolute ruddy bargain!
I created the Roots and All website as an antidote to the traditional gardening media, which just ain’t cutting it when it comes to helping people learn how to grow things. It’s either baffling or boring and it's too wrapped in traditions, outdated institutions/beliefs and old wives' tales. I don't pretend to have all the answers. I've put in my hours at the coalface but nobody knows all there is to know about growing things but do you know what I am quite good at? Knowing where to find the people who do have the answers and sniffing out the bullshit artists who don't. I’m going to have a go at shaking it up and providing information that's useful and honest but I need your help to do this.
I had a car accident last November and even those who know me well will be surprised to find out that my back and arm were injured and consequently, I've been finding the physical side of gardening harder and I've been doing less of it. I don't really mention it because a) I'm a bit of a martyr and b) I don't like to admit when I can't do things. I decided back in January 2018 to start doing more desk work and the podcast started out as the seed of an idea then. I wasn't sure if it would work but I had some time on my hands and a really strong desire to cut through the bullshit that surrounds gardening in the UK. Nine months later, at the time of writing this, the podcast and blog are in full swing and people are actually listening to me wittering on and reading what I have to say. Unbelievable!
As the journey through podcasting and writing has progressed, I've realised that for years not only has the gardening media been grinding my gears, but dealing with clients who listen to, read and watch it has been too. I've been banging my head against a brick wall trying to garden and design within parameters that I find unacceptable and I've been trying to deliver gardens to clients that don't exist outside TV or the flower shows. I've also recently realised that I'm not happy and never have been happy to accept the destructive nature of gardening and garden design as it pertains to wildlife and the environment so I've stopped taking on design work that doesn't allow me to 'tread more lightly' on site.
Anyway, back to the matter in hand and why I NEED YOU. I get lots of compliments about the standard of the podcast production which is nothing to do with me. I’m hopeless at anything techie and to get each episode produced, I have to pay a lovely man to edit and upload it. And because he’s so awesome, each episode costs me money and the only way I can continue to produce podcasts is with your help. I also need help to be able to continue writing articles and putting out content that's better than some of the stuff you can read on better-known, more widely respected *cough* gardening sites. I can manage some of the website stuff myself but much of it is beyond my capabilities and getting the website managed costs money too. I can't afford to self-fund the podcast and website for ever, I'm happy to go without food but I can't deprive my animals of their dinners and that's pretty much my only priority at the moment.
So that I can continue to produce quality material and continue to speak to interesting and inspiring guests, I would love it if you could donate as much or as little as you can afford to support Roots and All. ANY amount is hugely appreciated and let’s me know that I’m helping you by providing useful information. As an example, if the information I've provided has saved you from buying an expensive and potentially useless product, please consider making a one-off donation for half the price of that product. That's a win-win for both of us. If you'd like to provide regular support, please consider signing up for my Patreon tiers to receive more content.
Thank you for reading and for your support and most importantly, don't forget to get out there and get growing!
I'm happy to take a hit and not get paid for my time because I love to think I'm helping to get people growing and doing it in a way that's kind to animals and to the environment. But I can't indefinitely fund the production costs so I need to get up to this target as quickly as possible in order to keep the podcast going. If you're not able to give much, please remember that every $1 counts. If 600 people pledge a $1 a month, well, I don't need to tell you what that means...
It's an easy target to achieve and I do need to reach this in order to keep going, so please consider pledging as much or as little as you can.