Each membership is a $610 value!
Be sure to throw your name in the hat.
Entering this contest is easy, simply post a comment below. On October 5th, 2016 we will randomly pick two people from those that posted a comment and you will be given a permanent, membership free of charge.
Each summer we invite all of our members to a Shindig at Mike’s Plant Farm here in Perry, Ohio. I’ve been doing this for many, many years and it’s always a fun and exciting event. The above group photo was from this summer, 2016.
But the Backyard Growers Business Center is so much more than than. We are a huge family of people from several countries who look out for and care for each other. We openly share advice, we share what we are doing that works, we invite other members to visit our own nurseries and we buy and sell plants to and from each other.
Cathy is our ace, she has been with us almost since the beginning. Gavin is making out a name tag for himself. His mom, Lorelei McGroarty is the one who took all of these photos for us. Thank you Lorelei!
Let’s face it, when you are starting out, trying to grow and sell plants for a profit, you are not always surrounded by people who believe in what you are doing. In many cases, they do everything they can to discourage you. But in the members area? That’s never the case. When somebody starts to question what they are doing or why all they have to do is pop in and let the other members know what’s going on and almost instantly they are given the encouragement and advice that they need.
The Shindig always includes a tour of my nursery and I explain what we do and why we do it. This is our propagation area, in the lower left hand corner of the photo you can see a bed of cuttings. That bed is over 20′ long and we have five beds like that total.
In the Backyard Growers Business Center we have an area that we call the “Buy/Sell Area”. If you want to see how fast plants can sell, pay attention to that area. I remember early on one member posted some ferns for sale and sold $1,300 worth in 20 minutes and asked me to pull the ad because she was sold out!
Another time a member posted some rare Japanese maples and orders start pouring in. After about five days I congratulated him on selling over $10,000 worth of plants in less than a week. When I said that he wrote back and said he was “Gob Smacked” which I guess is an English term for being hit in the mouth, or taken completely by surprise. He was so caught up in processing orders he didn’t realize that he had booked $10,000 worth of orders.
Is it always that easy? No, of course not. But if you just watch the ads you’ll see how brisk the ordering process is.
Can’t have a Backyard Grower Shindig without a little donkey time can we?
How telling is this? People come to this event and they visit the nurseries of other backyard growers because they want to learn all aspects of this business, including the best potting soil recipes.
Okay. Seriously, I have to get to my fall plant sale.
If you want to be considered for one of these Free Memberships just post a comment below, the winners will be chosen randomly and announced on Oct 5, 2016. On October 10th, 2016 we will open up membership for new members, but we only leave it open for a few days.