Mums the Word!

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Did you know that mums (chrysanthemums) don’t have to only last one season?  With a little work, your hardy mums can survive the winter! A very important part of winterizing your mums begins when you plant them. Make sure that the soil drains well so puddled water doesn’t form ice on the roots!  It’s notContinue Reading…

How To Prune a Butterfly Bush

The butterfly bush, true to its name, is a favorite of butterflies as well as bees and other pollinators.

Butterfly bushes are a favorite among many gardeners.  The showy, fragrant blooms attract all sorts of beneficial insects to your garden.  You may even find a hummingbird or two stopping by to enjoy the nectar inside the tiny flowers. When and how to prune a butterfly bush is a topic that comes up quite aContinue Reading…

How to Make a Flower Bed

My brand new $31 flower garden!

My 4 year old daughter, Gabby, and I decided to tackle this project yesterday afternoon.  We worked at a leisurely pace and from start to finish it took about two and half hours.  Being plant enthusiasts, we already had some potted plants set aside that we wanted to make a permanent home for.  Since IContinue Reading…

Growing Basil From Seed

My happy little basil plant.

Growing basil from seed is a simple, inexpensive way to keep fresh herbs at your fingertips.  Basil is pretty commonly grown.  You should have no problem finding seeds in the garden section of nearly any store in the springtime. You can start your seeds indoors or out.  If you are going to start your seedsContinue Reading…

How To Prune Shrubs and Other Landscape Plants

Notice the slight upward curve in these shears?

When is the best time to prune shrubs in your landscape? The answer is:  When it needs it. Some experts might tell you that you need to wait until winter or early spring to cut back your shrubs or trees.  Here at Mike’s Plant Farm, we ignore the calendar and prune as needed.  We pruneContinue Reading…

25 Full Shade Plants that Will Look Great in Your Yard

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Remember back in grade school when your teacher gave you a dixie cup full of dirt?  You planted a flower seed, kept the cup in the window and watered it each day.   Your flower sprouted, grew and bloomed.  Then you carefully brought it home for Mother’s Day.  (For many of us, it didn’t survive theContinue Reading…

Freezing for a Reason- The Ice Bucket Challenge

I’m sure by now most of you have seen the many, many (….many, many, many) ice bucket challenge videos circulating around the internet.   It is good fun for a great cause.  This challenge promotes awareness and to date has raised a whopping 88.5 million dollars for the ALS Association to help combat Lou Gehrig Disease.Continue Reading…

A Step By Step Guide to Overwintering Geraniums

Overwintering Geraniums in a Box

Geraniums are often used as container plants or planted as annuals.  They naturally grow in hot climates (zones 9-12), but that doesn’t mean they have to die off each winter in colder climates.  Your geraniums will last for many years if follow this simple technique for overwintering them.  Step 1 Dig your geranium. Dig yourContinue Reading…