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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It?s an Exciting Time to be a Member of our Backyard Growers Business Center!
by Mike
18 Jul 2017 at 1:37pm
Wow!  That’s all I can say. We have so many fun and exciting things happening in Our Members Area right now and we are accepting new members, but only for a short time. Look at this Purple Ghost Japanese Maple.  Would you like one?  Two or Three? When I posted these photos a few weeks... Click here to read more...

Rooted Cuttings. Heeling them in, storing them until you can get them potte...
by Mike
25 Jun 2017 at 4:52pm
Human beings love to take simple things and make them as complicated as possible! My job as your gardening/growing mentor is to get you back to the basics so you can focus on what works and get more done. There are a lot of different ideas about how to go about any given task, but... Click here to read more...

The Correct or Proper Way to Trim Shrubs.
by Mike
25 Jun 2017 at 4:03pm
I made you a movie about trimming shrubs.  Enjoy! When pruning shrubs in your landscape it’s important to understand a few things.  It really makes no difference when you prune most plants.  The plants flat out don’t care and the sooner you prune them, if they need it, the sooner they can be on their... Click here to read more...

How to Prune Flowering Bushes the Easy Way
by Duston
13 Jun 2017 at 2:02pm
Here’s a quick lesson on how to easily prune Tango Weigela and other flowering shrubs. I’ve also included a crash-course on how to make softwood cuttings. People All Over the Country Are Getting Paid to Grow Plants Right In Their Own Backyards! It’s Easy to Get Started… Here’s How… The video below shows how nicely... Click here to read more...

Purple Ghost Japanese Maple, Acer palmatum ?Purple Ghost?.
by Mike
23 May 2017 at 1:09pm
A few years ago I went absolute crazy buying small Japanese maples.  I bought thousands of them!  We planted them in beds, in rows, we planted them everywhere.  Today I only have one bed left in the ground and it has some of the most amazing Japanese maples you can imagine.  I knew that I... Click here to read more...

Valve Trouble Shooting.
by Mike
18 May 2017 at 9:41pm
This post is really for those who have purchased this product, http://mikesbackyardnursery.com/mikes-plant-propagation-kit/ and need a little help getting it set up. The wiring is pretty simple.  The two black wires coming from the power supply pack (see the video) connect to the two terminals on the left that are marked as “AC”.  The low voltag...

Growing, Selling and Propagating Creeping Phlox.
by Mike
10 May 2017 at 12:48pm
Creeping Phlox is easy to grow, easy to propagate and sells like crazy!  We potted the phlox in this pot last summer and they over wintered perfectly and bloomed like crazy this spring. Creeping Phlox can be propagated in the early spring via division, simply dig up a clump and separate the roots into small... Click here to read more...

Visiting One of Our Members, a Grower in Pennsylvania.
by Mike
9 May 2017 at 1:32pm
We have Backyard Grower Members all over the United States, some in Canada and others scattered around the world.  Some are really small, just starting out, others have been at it for a few years and are doing really, really well selling thousands and thousands of dollars worth of plants. One of our more successfully... Click here to read more...

Growing, Selling and Propagating Patented Coral Bells also called Heuchera.
by Mike
6 May 2017 at 12:32pm
There are all kinds of truly awesome Huechera on the market, but many of the most Desired Ones are Patented, which makes it illegal to propagate them without entering into a legal agreement with the patent holder.  That involves a license fee and guarantee that you will produce a certain amount every year.  Licenses usually... Click here to read...

2017 Spring Plant Sale at Mike?s Plant Farm in Perry, Ohio 44081
by Mike
27 Apr 2017 at 10:54pm
This is a walking tour of our spring plant sale.  Sorry about the wind blowing across the camera.  We don’t have the luxury of picking the perfect day to shoot video so sometimes the wind is an issue. Questions, comments, mean things to say?  Post them below and I will respond. A little history of... Click here to read more...

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