DIY Chicken Waterer

Last updated : 1 October 2014
chicken waterer supplies

You can create your own 5-gallon chicken waterer  for less than $5. Step 1: Obtain Items and Hardware 5 Gallon bucket 1 Gallon Utility pan-the one I used was a 1-gallon utility pan from Tractor Supply. 3/8″ drill bit for drilling water holes drill marker safety glasses Step 2: Draw where you want the holes […]

How to Transplant Daylilies

Last updated : 1 October 2014
Daylilly root ball

Daylilies come in a variety of colors and multiply quickly. When they are overcrowded they compete for water. Divide and transplant Daylilies to give them room to grow. The three parts of the daylily are the foliage which are the green tops, the crown which is white, and the roots. The best time to divide […]

How to Build a Compost Bin from Pallets

Last updated : 1 October 2014

Step 1: Obtain Pallets and Hardware You will need 4-6 pallets that are similar in size. Check the pallets for any nails that may be loose or sticking out. A power drill, screw driver, hammer, 4-6 L brackets, 2 heavy duty strap hinges, wood screws, one gate hook and latch, cupboard handle/utility pull, and for […]

Mums the Word!

Last updated : 25 September 2014

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 not […]

How To Prune a Butterfly Bush

Published : 2 September 2014
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 a […]

How to Make a Flower Bed

Last updated : 19 September 2014
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 I […]

Get Free Access to The Backyard Grower’s Business Center

Last updated : 29 August 2014

We’re giving away two full memberships to the Backyard Grower’s Business Center, a $610 value! To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below. We will choose two numbers at random and match those numbers with the comment number below. (NOTE: only we can see the comment numbers, they’re not […]

Growing Basil From Seed

Last updated : 25 September 2014
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 seeds […]

How To Prune Shrubs and Other Landscape Plants

Last updated : 27 August 2014
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 prune […]

25 Full Shade Plants that Will Look Great in Your Yard

Last updated : 29 September 2014

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 the […]