Mike’s Tips

If you’re a gardener you know how valuable good ideas can be. Mike McGroarty has been gardening for 25+ years and giving advice (probably) longer than that. His common sense and regular guy personality make him a natural for his line of work. As you’ll see below, the ideas can cover a wide range of subjects so you’re likely to find something that you can use.

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Digging Bare Root Japanese Maples to be Potted.
by Mike
19 Apr 2018 at 1:47pm
This is a “Monday’s with Mike” segment.  Our Members like to know what I am up to in my nursery at any given time so I try to keep them updated and at the same time, offer up information on plants, caring for them etc. In this segment it’s spring and we are digging Japanese... Click here to read more...

Selling Plants at a Flea Market.
by Mike
26 Mar 2018 at 1:14pm
Flea Markets???????? Yes, but make sure you understand the difference between the typical flea market customer and the typical plant buyer.  They are completely different animals, they think differently and they spend differently.  And I’m pretty sure you’d find that that the typical plant buyer has more disposable income. It’s really, really im...

Reviewing the Mantis 4-Cycle Plus Tiller/Cultivator
by Mike
15 Mar 2018 at 5:16pm
Me and Mantis.  We have a history and I think you should know about it. I lost my father in 2003 and my mom 363 days later.  It’s life, something we all deal with eventually.  They were extremely independent people but in those last few years they needed help with some things.  Like yard work. ... Click here to read more...

Potting Soil! What can I use to make my own potting soil.
by Mike
14 Mar 2018 at 10:18am
The important points about a Good Potting Soil Mix. 1.  First of all, it is confusing because there are so many options that make for a good mix.  A lot of it has to do with what is available to you in your area. 2.  Pea gravel.  I used to add pea gravel to my... Click here to read more...

The Mantis Back Porch Compost Tumbler.
by Mike
13 Mar 2018 at 5:09pm
I really like this amazing Compost Tumbler by Mantis because it’s small enough for the back porch but large enough to make a nice size batch of compost at one time.  And because it can be placed to close to the back door it takes all most no effort at all to give it a... Click here to read more...

Growing and Selling Heuchera, Coral Bells.
by Mike
20 Feb 2018 at 2:22pm
Looking for a plant that is beautiful, easy to care for and will add some sparkle to just about any landscape?  Heuchera it is!  Commonly known as Coral Bells. These are just some of the Heuchera that we have at the nursery and we sell a ton of them.  They are extremely popular and rightfully... Click here to read more...

Lavender Twist Weeping Redbud Trees, only $25.00 each!
by Mike
4 Feb 2018 at 6:58pm
This is a rare find!  In garden centers around here these tree seems to start at $199.00!  But right now, and I’m sure they won’t last, One of Our Members is Selling them in the Members Area for $25.00 each. I actually got a chance to see the trees that she is selling last weekend. ... Click here to read more...

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea, Hydrangea paniculata ?Renhy?
by Mike
4 Feb 2018 at 5:31pm
This is a panicle hydrangea, in the P.G. Hyrdrangea family.  P.G. means paniculata grandifloria P.G. Hydrangeas are Often Trained into Tree Form so I’m sure the same can be done with Vanilla Strawberry.  Hardy in zones 3 to 8 this plant has pretty wide appeal across the U.S.  It grows from a height of 6′... Click here to read more...

Mike and Pam McGroarty Visit with Backyard Growers from Georgia and other Sou...
by Mike
2 Feb 2018 at 6:06pm
At the end of January, 2018 Pam and I traveled to the Atlanta, Georgia area to visit with our Backyard Growing Members from the south.  I’m not sure how many people actually attended this get together but I think it was around 50, maybe a few more. Because this visit took place just a few... Click here to read more...

Our Family of Backyard Growers.
by Mike
1 Feb 2018 at 6:40pm
Ask any Member, without a doubt, Our Backyard Growers Group are like family and to many, closer and more important than family. Our Backyard Growers Group is a group of like minded people who are dedicated to helping one another.  For years and years I’ve been holding a Backyard Growers Shindig at my nursery here... Click here to read more...

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