Single digits here in Ohio this week! Brrrrrr.
Finnegan and Fergus, running again in 2020.
Both the plants and the Donkeys are Doing Fine. The donkeys stay in their little shelter house during the day, it’s pretty open but it keeps the wind off of them. Then at nighttime they check into Their Little Semi Underground Bedroom.
The plants? The plants are amazing!
Itty bitty teenie weenie rooted cuttings frozen solid, outside, uncovered! Come spring they’ll start making buds as if they slept in a nice warm cottage all winter. That will never cease to amaze me.
As we scoot into 2017 I promise that 2017 is going to be an amazing year for plant lovers, gardeners and plant enthusiasts of all kinds. On January 10th We Will Open the Doors and Accept Some New Members to Our Private Members Area. I highly recommend that if you have any interest at all, any curiosity at all, at the Very Least You Take the 30 Day Test Drive! It’s only $7.00.
Mike and the members.
Why Now? Why Join Now in January?
January is always an exciting time of the year for our backyard growers. They wait all year for certain things to appear in the Buy/Sell Section of our members area. And even though it doesn’t feel like it outside, spring is fast approaching and being prepared ahead of time makes all of the difference in the world.
So these are some of the things that are going on in the members area right now.
Gardening Projects for January.
You still have plenty of time to Make and Stick Hardwood Cuttings of All Kinds. Tom, one of our growers from Transylvanian just posted that he and his wife Cathy just made and stuck 1,000 cuttings of Annabelle Hydrangea. Trust me, Tom and Cathy know what they are doing and they wouldn’t have stuck that many cuttings if they didn’t think they could sell them. They sell a ton of plants and they are pretty much out in the sticks.
Need some hardwood cuttings that you can stick? You can find them in the members area. Last I looked there were a ton of them for sale and they are really, really affordable!
Grafting Japanese Maples.
Many of our members are interested in, or very experienced in Grafting Rare Japanese Maple Varieties. Can you imagine being able to grow plants like Those on this Page absolutely free for yourself? It’s not as difficult as you think and you can buy seedlings to graft from other members. I expect to see those in the Buy/Sell Area soon. And of course you can always ask, people have all kinds of plants they are willing to sell but might not have an ad up at the moment. Just ask.
Sowing Japanese Maple Seeds.
It’s getting to be time to sow those Japanese maple seeds that you collected in the fall. Don’t have any seeds? Check the Buy/Sell Area, we have members that collect and sell Japanese maple tree seeds. In the Video on This Page I Explain How to Grow Japanese Maples from Seed. Interesting thing about this video. We shot this right after we bought the property that is now Mike’s Plant Farm. This will give you an idea of how much the place has changed since then. In the video I am standing right in front of what is now my new building and propagation area. This is what that Area Looks Like Now.
Sowing Dogwood Seeds.
Same thing. Dogwood trees are easily grown from seed and there is a big demand for dogwood seedlings. Right now I desperately need about 300 of them. I also need about 300 Eastern Redbud Tree Seedlings.
Acquiring Rare Japanese Maples that you can collect scion wood from in the future.
Imagine buying really rare Japanese maple varieties for $10 to $15 each? There rare Japanese maples sell for $150, $200 or more in garden centers. But in the members area you can often pick them up for $15 or less. But you have to watch for them! They sell fast! We have several members that offer them, but they always sell out quickly. You really have to pay attention to the ads in the Buy/Sell Area, many things move quickly.
I remember years ago one of our members offered a bunch of different, really rare Japanese maple varieties for sale and sold over $10,000 worth in one week. It’s an amazing thing to watch.
So Listen Up. Our Members Area isn’t for Everybody.
But it most certainly is worth experiencing it for 30 days just to Meet the Members, Make Some Lifetime Friends. We let you do that for a mere $7.00 because we want you to know what it’s all about before you join.
Our Summer Shindig.
And . . . if you’re still a member in August you’ll get invited to Our Backyard Growers Shindig which is an Awesome Event.
Just look at all of the people that show up!
Make Yourself a Gardening Calendar.
January is the ideal time to make yourself a gardening calendar. Remind me to do a post about that so you know what to put on your calendar.
Growing Perennials from Seed.
Right now in the members are there is a lot of buzz about growing perennials from seed. One our members took the time to write out detailed instructions on exactly how he grows thousands and thousands of perennials from seed. That’s the kind of sharing environment se have among our members.
Planning Your Landscape, Getting Landscaping Ideas.
January is a great time to think about up coming landscaping projects. Start drawing some plans and put together your plant list. I have a couple of really good articles that will help you.
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