This blog, The Unconventional Gardener, is a practical kind of place, where I can share what I’m doing in the garden and the ways in which my garden and I can benefit the wider environment. I enjoy reading and researching and poking around in dark corners to learn about plants (particularly edible ones), but I find that mainstream gardening magazines rarely cater for an audience that has developed beyond articles on when to sow your carrots and how to build a raised bed out of pallets. There are also wonderful gardening blogs out there, but filtering through them to find nuggets of exciting plant information takes a while. My Patreon blog is where I try to fill the gap and create exciting reading materials for edible plant nerds everywhere, and to write the kind of wordy, nerdy botanical articles I’d really love to be reading. Those articles take time to research and write, and so I have created a A Secret Club for Ethnobotanical Explorers on Patreon, where like-minded people can support my efforts.
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It’s also a place where I can serialise the books I want to write, and can’t seem to get around to, starting with one I wrote some years ago. My Garden is Not a Cat Toilet! 101 ways to stop cats wrecking your garden arose from the battles I had with the neighbourhood cats in my old garden, and is now available via Patreon.
I like seeds. I like stationery. I like post. I know that I am not the only person to share this trio of nerdy interest, which is why I thought that it would be really cool to be able to develop a seed subscription, where I send out a delightful packet of seeds each month for people to sow and obsess over.
And so there are three levels of supporter on my Patreon blog. For $2/month Junior Explorers can come on (virtual) monthly expeditions with me, exploring the world of edible and useful plants. For £5/month Explorers can read those ethnobotanical posts, plus they are also able to read my new books as I am working on them.
Secret seeds arrived from @emmathegardener today💚 What a beautiful packaging, illustrations, plant information and grower's tips🌱 And I wanted to try this variety for a long time! Thank you, Emma🤗 Amazing project for seed explorers! Going to sow my secret seeds this weekend🌱 #gardener #GYO #gdnbloggers #seeds #growsomethinggreen #urbangrower #urbangardening #ediblegarden #growyourownfood #organic #seedshare #instagardenlovers #gardenersofinstagram #instagarden #plantlover #crazyplantlady #gardenlife #vegetablegarden #allotmentlife #allotment #rareplants
UK-based Seedier Explorers get all of that, plus a tangible reward – a monthly packet of seeds chosen by yours truly. For $10 (which is about £7) they get access to the monthly expeditions, the book blog posts and a seed subscription to boot. It’s like buying a subscription to a gardening magazine that comes with a free packet of seeds, except there’s no adverts and you won’t end up with 23 packets of carrots in your seed box. You just know I’m not going to choose run-of-the-mill varieties, don’t you? 😉
It’s all got a bit of a steampunk vibe going on, and I am armed with antique paper and sealing wax and exciting seeds. So if you get as excited about these things as I do, head over to Patreon and sign up. The fun is about to begin!
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