This is what we started with in 2010.
This fun little video documents our progress through the spring of 2012.
The front container growing area is just to the right off the donkeys. This photo was pretty much taken from the same vantage point as the above photo where the ground is snow covered.
September 2014. This is our back container area. In the video this is where you saw me and Duston with the chainsaw cutting trees, digging stumps and piling up brush. This area was so thick with trees and brush you couldn’t even walk through it.
September 2014. The grass area in on the left is where we park cars for our plant sales. See those two bales of peat in that area? That’s the underground bunker that you saw me opening up in the video. I use that to store bare root plants that get shipped in during winter. We call that Jimmy Hoffa’s grave. In the video this entire area was still all grown up. I actually had to clear a spot just to build that underground bunker.
September 2014. This is our front container growing area and as you can see we have some plants on tables for our fall plant sale. Up by that old ragged white dump trunk you can see the new building that replaced the ones that the insurance company despised. They really did me a favor and forced me to do what I really needed to do. The new building is great!
Off to the right you can see Fergus grazing near his new, not yet completed home. In the fall of 2014 I built the donkeys a new house that is partially underground, well insulated and built into the brush pile we created when we cleared the land. Much warmer than their old digs.
See that green and white plastic, carnival looking eyesore off to the left of the photo? I hated having that port-a-potty in the nursery so I told them to come and get it and I am in process of replacing it with an authentic looking outhouse.
This is a photo of the unfinished new outhouse. As soon as it’s done you’ll be able to “Click here” to check out all of it’s really cool features.
In March of 2013 we did not have a single plant in a container at Mike’s Plant Farm. We started planting everything in the ground in spring 2011 because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to grow in containers or not. But selling plants in containers at $5.97 is such a huge hit I decided to switch to containers in March of 2013.
The containers have been a big hit, we sell tens of thousands of dollars worth of our small plants. We started at my standard price of $4.97 but come spring 2015 everything will be $5.97. I can offer my customers so much more by raising the price just a dollar.
Sticking cuttings with my son Duston and his three boys Aydan, Weston and Gavin.
Aydan is now 10 years old and wants to work in the nursery this summer (2015). By the time he’s 17 he’ll know this nursery and this business like the back of his hand.
This sweetheart hasn’t been to the nursery yet. She lives out of town and was just born January 8th, 2015. But I assure you, she’ll be spending some time at the nursery, with the donkeys, with Grandma and Grandpa. This is the daughter of our younger son Kevin and his wife Gracie. She’s their first! Our first granddaughter!
Nah, I’m not excited.
Eileen made it to the nursery this summer and met the donkeys!
So I put a bench in the donkey pen to sit on with the baby. The donkeys were only interested in trying to eat the bench!
I hope you’ve enjoy this journey of building our nursery from the ground up, the grand-kids, the donkeys and the making of the plants! -Mike McGroarty