We will begin accepting new members on June 1st, but only for a few days, so mark your calendar!
You Can Learn All about Our Members Area Here.
One person is going to win a Permanent Membership to Our Private Backyard Growers Business Center. This is a $497.00 value. Members routinely pay $497.00 or more for this membership because it is worth much, much more.
To enter this contest simply post a comment below and one person will be randomly selected to receive this awesome gift. A little bit about our members area.
- Our members area is an amazingly place where you can interact with other people who are quietly and Successfully Selling Small Plant from Home.
- I, Mike McGroarty, spend a great deal of time in the members area answering questions, offering advice and sharing dozens and dozens of strategies that have made me a successful grower.
- You will make like minded friends who will truly support you in your effort to grow and sell small plants from home. The friendships that come out of our members area are amazing to say the least.
- Our members help each other in every way imaginable. I’ve seen them go to another members house and work for an entire day or more just for the experience of being around another person that is doing what they want to do.
- Our members buy plants from one another, they sell thousand and thousands of dollars worth of plants, rooted cuttings, unrooted cuttings and seeds in the Buy/Sell Area.
- As a member you will be invited to our Annual Backyard Growers Shindig at Mike’s Plant Farm in Perry, Ohio. People travel hundreds or thousands of miles to attend this event just to get a chance to meet the other members. It’s always an amazing day and more friendships are formed.
- And of Course You’ll Get to Meet the Donkeys! By the way they are running for President of the United States. More about that soon.
- You will gain access to every wholesale source that I know of and the wholesale sources that other members buy from routinely. These are wholesale sources for plants, nursery supplies, seeds, etc. You will also be entitled to discounts that only our members get on wholesale supplies.
- The plant bargains in the Buy/Sell Area are beyond belief. I personally have spent thousands and thousands of dollars buying from other members. The deals are too good to pass up! French Lilacs, $3.00 each! Rhododendrons $3.00 each, Japanese Red Maples, $2.20 each, really, really rare Japanese maple trees, less than $15.00 each. This list is endless and it changes daily, if not hourly. Right now the Buy/Sell Area is On Fire With Great Deals!
- Get your questions answered quickly about just about anything that has to do with growing plants. Some questions are answered in a matter of minutes. By people who know what they are talking about.
I could go on and on but the best way for You to Experience Our Members Area is to take the test drive when membership opens again. Next date for accepting new members is April 1st, 2016. But you have to act quickly, it will be only open for a few days at best. We truly limit the number of new members admitted at any one time.
To enter the contest for a Free, Permanent Membership all you have to do is enter a comment below and we will contact the winner by Email before we start accepting new members.
The winner will be selected 100% by random number draw.
Alex Sacco says
Hi All, I have been growing plants for a number of years, and am looking to start selling a lot more this year .My zone in 8a and l like to do rooted cuttings as well as pot them up. We also grow some plants from seeds. There seems to be a lot of potential to make money in this business , and I need extra income to supplement my SS check.
Thanks Mike and Dustin
I just came across your site while doing some research on backyard gardens: you have a lot of great information! I’d love to be part of your membership area!
Hello, I would like to start growing and selling plants for extra income. Thanks
Jared Hebert says
Hey Mike first of all thank you for this opportunity and all the info you’ve provided. I’m from Louisiana and been growing plants for years. Your website is very useful. Thank you again and God bless!!!
Hello Mike and all you gardeners! I live in Florida and have wanted to start a backyard nursery for decades! Homeschooling 3 sons took precedence. I just couldn’t get it all together but now they are grown and I have an acre to play with. We have year-long growth opportunities but high temperatures in the summer play havoc with some plants so it’s a learning curve to figure out what will thrive. (I’m from Ohio by the way!) The last 2 and 1/2 years I have worked part time at a nursery where I learned how to propagate landscape plants and with Mike’s helpful videos I hope to continue learning and growing. And if I could be a full-time member of Backyard Growers I could offer many tropical and sub-tropical plants for sale.
Sharon Christian says
Thank You Mike for your generous web site and “You Tube” presentations. I’m a retiring Nurse, and past part owner of a Retail Nursery. I will be growing for Wholesale and Retail in the beautiful Kaimichi Mountains. Your Books and projected profit/loss numbers have bridged the gap in making a financial plan that I can work with and provide the little extra I would like for the next phase of my life. Looking forward to do something that I love which is growing beautiful plants.
I hope I’m not too late for the contest. I love all your how-to videos and wanting to learn more about generating extra income from my tiny backyard. Thank you again for sharing your years of knowledge with me.
Kitty from WA.
Pretty awesome sweepstakes! Thanks for offering it to one of us!
Barbara Brinker says
Plants are my passion! I throughly enjoy your posts. Continually looking forward to the next!
doug morrison says
I need this.
As many of us here are looking to begin a new journey… I have always loved planting and caring for plants and hoped that one day I can begin my own business right at home. Your membership would be so greatly appreciated to begin my new venture on the right track from the start with fewer mistakes.
All the best to all!
Don Murray says
Mike, I have enjoyed reading these e-letters you send out. I have dabbled in plants as a hobby and enjoy the shared knowledge. I hope to do more than dabble in the near future. I propagated several plants for my own use and was impressed with the number of people wanting to buy them when I had a yard sale recently. I was not ready to do that, yet, but hope to do so next year. I am in South Florida where the plant varieties and the seasons are different but the knowledge you share can be applied to most plants no matter where you are. I hope I win that membership the next time my wife and I visit Ohio.
Love to be member
Carolyn Graddy says
I would love to win the free membership. I am a great-grandmother and do most of my gardening on my knees, crawling between the plants. Every day I look forward to emails from your website. Keep up the good work!
Linda Stanton says
Hi there, your articles have brought new joy to my life. Limited budget and horrible soil has been upsetting. I have learned some things from you that have helped me improve my attitude and my gardens. Thank you so much for sharing your life with plants.
Aaron Dilyard says
I Love Growing!!! Plants bring me so much joy!!! Thanks for the info. Great stuff! Need to get me some of that soap for Poison Ivy since I started doing removal so I can get cash for MORE PLANTS!!!
Johnny Bell says
Thanks for picking Me!
Pam Olson says
Would love to win and start the next leg of my life.
Cason Holley says
I’ve been a recipient of your emails for a couple of years. I’m not a back yard grower but I learn interesting practices from your video links. Just watched the stump removal video. It’s easier than what I’ve been doing. Thank you for all the instructional videos and free stuff offers.
Brandon Allen says
Hello Mr. McGroarty! This is Brandon Allen in Texas again! I just wanna thank you so much for being my friend! I love reading your articles, stories, and gardening tips along with your videos! I would really love to be an asset to your Members’ Club! I love plants just like the rest of you! They have been a lifetime passion for me! I would love to be one of your members and chat and learn from all of you, plus I enjoy having great friends! Please consider me! Thank you again! Have a great evening!
Julie Knisely says
Mike – I have been reading your backyardnursery information for a few years now – I am a mother /wife of 22 years. I have grown up around grandmas farm territory & my family had our own garden to work. At that time I did not like weeds & things, but, as I have grown older & now have my own family …. I enjoy having a garden. I am a closed head injured survivor(Jan 1988 – car accident) I currently suffer from having grand mal seizures. I truly enjoy my hands and feet in the ground as much as I possibly can……for I find what I’ll call “playin'” in the ground very relaxing & I love to see our God helping me to grow his plants /for him—–but he is also helping me. I am unable to work outside the home & I would like to be able to help my husband in supporting the family financially. I do not drive & I would like to begin a small plant business from my home. We live in a small country town – where everyone knows everyone too ! I’m sure the word would have no problem getting around that I have healthy plants available. I would love to have the opportunity to win a free membership to your world of knowledge Mike. Please put my name in for the chance. Thank you
Garett Laugavitz says
Great resource here Mike! I’d love to get a crack at having access to the community. Keep it up! 🙂
Hi Mike, I’d like to be considered for the free membership. I’m grateful for everything I’ve already learned from your emails, articles, books, and videos. We’ve started our nursery, bumbling around as best we can. We’re already getting a bunch of “you’re crazy” comments (sometimes they’re more like, “that’s so cool, but you’re crazy”). At this point, we’re too old to care about those comments, but we’d sure love the opportunity to network and learn from others!
Donna Anderson says
Here is my two cents worth. Would love to win!!!
Mike…..Absolutely enjoy your informative & entertaining emails! Your humble presentations caught my eye about two years ago and have been faithfully reading & learning from them ever since.
Nan Capps says
I would like to be considered for the membership. I have been successful rooting many plants but some I have not and it would diversify my sale plants to get rooted cutting thru other people’s successes.
Jennifer Schnabel says
Thank you for all that you do for us beginners 🙂
debra dominguez says
really need this, hoping for a win
doug morrison says
thanks for the lessons.
Love your site!!! Am on the verge of starting my own business with plants. Kinda scary! Our water bill is outrageous! I still want to try!!
Sam and Marianne Jackinski says
I am a retired happy man and moved to Colorada with my beautiful wife in 2013. We will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in Aug. of 2016. I enjoy following Mike’s gardening tips. My wife and I would truly enjoy winning the grand prize of the membership. Mike puts a lot of joy in peoples lives with all the exciting information that is in his newsletters. Thank You Mike for the kindness you give to so many people.
Joanne East says
Hi Mike, I’ve been taking lots of cuttings. Success rate is pretty low, but I’m getting better all the time.
I need to be a part of this group to help support my family in my small acreage . I believe in the system please pick me
hi yall this bulldog from texas I really enjoy this site and check every nite.
since ive I have been able ti acess this Isite my tomatoes and garden has been doing outstanding so I want to thank mike and all the others who left ideas so that I could try them again thank you
Allen Trexler says
Awesome videos, newsletters and books….. I appreciate the great advice and information that is practical and based on your experiences over the years as you explain what will work and what will not.
Alex Petz says
Found you on YouTube and I can’t help but feel inspired…thanks for doing what you’re doing. We’re planning on stopping by next weekend.
Bought system books when Mike first started, but I was working. Now I’m retired and want to do it but have no money.
Larry O'Neal says
We live in central North Carolina, zone 7b. Our development is built on what use to be an old horse farm. Original house is still there at the end on the edge of the subdivision. With lots of deer and bunnies that are always hungry. Hosta’s seem to be dessert for the deer and the bunnies love our lilies and all things that flower. Looking for ideas where we can have nice yard with plants that deer and bunnies.
I grew up with honey suckle and wisteria that was over a cover my grandmothers arbor. Going to try and plant these too hope to find some that will not go wild.
Will try later this summer some of the tricks that hear and read from Mike. Will save me a lot of money and more importantly able to give to all my friends and members of our community garden club.
Dawn Paine says
Hi. I’m Dawn. I’ve been following Mike’s blog and later website for the better part of a decade. I haven’t been in a position that I could invest in BYG, but would be ecstatic to win a membership. Either way though, I support all of your efforts at BYG. :). Cheers!
patricia scott says
Hi Mike i was wandering what do you use for a pestiside ? please help me thank you patricia scott from Lafayette ga.
doug morrison says
I would love this…
I love that I can come on here and find the information that I am looking for from Mike.This is a great place to be!
Mrs. Dixon says
I’m a backyard (and frontyard and sideyard) gardener. One day I want to be a backyard (and sideyard and front porch) GROWER just like Mike! ?
Phillip Andrews says
Please put my name in the pot. Thanks
Thank you for t his opportunity. It would be a true blessing to be included in this membership. I throughly enjoyed reading your ebook. I am eager to get started.
Carrie LONSDALE says
My name is Carrie from Liberty, MO, a veteran and thankful I stil have my health. I have tried the 30 day free trial and realize thhe membership would be a bar of gold. I am rooting sweet potato slips right now and use aquaponnics and straw bale gardening to supply some of our food. I have sand in bins like Mike has showed how to do to root pants I bougt during my 30 day trial I just need to put it all together to make money. Great information I knwo I can use to create a full time business for myself and family of 6. Happy Memorial Day to all!
Cindy casaceli says
Feeling a win!! I am looking for a fun retirement job for my future!
Nancy Bumpus says
Mike, l really appreciate your informative posts & videos! I’ve been growing plant cuttings for years, but with only limited success, never getting more than 50% to actually root. I plan to start using your system soon and perhaps I’ll have more luck. Also, whatever I do manage to grow & not use myself, I give to friends & family. It would be wonderful to create an income for myself. I’m on social security but live with my 91 year old mother, as her caregiver. When she’s gone I will NEED the extra income. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise & knowledge. Would love to win that membership!
Susan Hanaforc says
Imwould be thrilled to win a membership Mike!!???
Susan Hanaford says
Oops…last name is Hanaford!
Jane Morgan says
Thanks for the inspirational emails.
Chester Girdler says
Hello growers, my wife and I are new to growing and have learned a few tricks from this site. I’m a partially disabled vet and my wife is hopeful to one day have her own nursery. Thank you for the tips and we hope to share our lessons with.
Right on Mike – Keep the educational materials coming and thanks loads for the info and include me in your garden membership!! All the best – Henry
Your site has a lot of great tips. Going to use an old wooden umbrella for pole beans. I also use the four corners frame from a tent as tomato support. My husband hates when he throwing something away and sees me coming to see if I can repurpose it.
Trying to save our pool deck haven’t told my husband this idea yet but I would like to put a roof on it and screen it in and use it as an outdoor room.. Husband wants to clear everything out and plant grass. Sun is moving over the garden onto find a shady spot to work in.
Hey Mike, I’ve been following you for years and sure wouldn’t mind winning that membership! I will eventually become a member one way or the other.
Jason Roberts says
Hello Mike and family, I hope all is well with you. My name is Jason, I am from Florida I have been following you for approximately 2 years. I really enjoy all of your communications they are inspiring and very informative. I wanted to become a backyard growers member a while ago but just haven’t had the means to do so. It would be an honor and amazing to be gifted a membership, however if it doesn’t work out at this time It is my goal to become a member when possible. Thank you for your consideration!
Fran Hunter says
Really enjoy your articles and working in the dirt. Would like to learn more about seeds and plant multiplications. Thank you
Jeannie Jones says
Well, I certainly don’t deserve a membership more than anyone else but I would absolutely love to win it. I have been reading and watching you for about 2 years now. I enjoy the posts very much. I would love to see your place and learn more. Get inspired and do something fun just for me. I love plants and growing things. Good luck to everyone who leaves a comment.
Kevin Hillemann says
Love all the Great info. Once thought I knew a few things, now know I didn’t know much at all. Keep it coming.
Kevin Hillemann says
Love all the Great info I get from your post. Once thought I knew a few things, now know how little I really know. Keep it coming.
Joe Martin says
I’ve been following Mike’s propagating processes on a few of my existing yard plants. I’ve had a good many successes. I’m seriously thinking about trying to expand to a small business following Mike’s methods.
Laurie Kahrs says
Happy Spring.! Would love to be a member
Cherie H. says
I am excited about this offer! I’ve enjoyed your emails with the valuable information you give and the fun side, also, sharing pics of your donkeys, growing plants on dining room table, etc., and I have wanted to be a member for years but, due to circumstances, couldn’t make it happen. Maybe this year I will be lucky enough to win.
Love all the advice from mike ! Have learn so much about propagation and growing.
I’d love a backyard growers membership. Started my cutting business from free cuttings from the nursery I’ve been working at, need to diversify my plants, but haven’t been able to afford the membership.
Richard Arnold says
Hi Mike! I’m a disabled veteran who can no longer farm as I used to! I look forward so much for your news letters. I live on a fixed income and need to make extra money and know that can do this! Thanks for opening my eyes to a different business that I would love to do.
Sylvia Noe says
Great information God bless you
Rose Olenick says
Wow, soo many entries. Good luck to all!!!
Martha Cook says
Love Love Love you advice on various plants. Instruction videos are a plus
Ronda Hicks says
Me!!!! Pick Me!!!! I bought Mike’s books YEARS ago (I actually may have one of his very first ones – and of coursed signed) and still have the dream to start my own little business. Love his video’s, he didn’t have those when I bought the originally book.
Kristy Ruprecht says
I would love to win a free membership. I am very interested and I love your website you give great information.
Janelle Adams says
I recently came across Mike’s website. I am a 41 year old female. These past two years I worked two jobs, finished my bachelors degree while still raising my daughter. I am a single mother, because I choose to adopt. I currently still work two jobs, but would love to work some from home to spend more time with my daughter. She and I enjoy planting flowers together, and if I was able to make money while spending time with my daughter, that would be a double blessing. I am very green when it comes to planting, but am willing to learn and gain knowledge of gardening. Thank you for the opportunity to possibly win the free lifetime membership.
Brenda M. says
Love your videos. I feel like you’re my neighbor. To win would be a great early xmas present!
Ben M says
Hey Mike, Thank you for allowing one of us the opportunity to get to know and work with you and you group more closely for free, I hope it’s me. I have been following your emails for a few years now and they have taught me several do’s and don’ts about many varieties of plants and how to cultivate them properly. I live in zone 9, the dry heat state. Eventually I need to get a garden set up and going but things get a little tight, quite often, since we are taking care of some of our grandchildren and that can eat up much of our time, as I’m sure most of you know. Again, Thank you for all the great and helpful advice in the past and I look forward to your future advice, and warnings!
B. Mastascusa says
I’ve been gardening since we bought a house in 1977. It’s in my blood.
Thanks! Great info.
Even at my age (63) it wouldn’t be too late to start a business like this! I’ve been a big fan of yours forever (or so it seems!)
Terri Huffman says
Hi Mike ~
A shout out from North Dakota, you’ve inspired me to get started!
Glenn Guffey says
When I open my emails each day , if Mike has sent anything it is the first opened. I have gotton much information from him . Thanks,
Barbara Crankshaw says
My husband and I are now retired. This is our dream, a plant business.
Tom Mconald says
Would love to receive a lifetime free membership.
Rodney SMITH says
Hi I am a new but discouraged farmer. Its been tough getting started. Not having very good results. I sure would like to get better. The free membership would sure help me out! Thanks for all the videos.
Sharonda Denney says
I have loved growing so much that people in my area used to call me the “plant lady.” Now a series of doors are opening so I can make growing a full time vocation. I just won a USDA NRCS high tunnel grant. Once I have this in place, I will use all your good advice to stay inspired and do what I have always dreamed of. Thank you so much Mr. McGroarty for helping to facilitate my dream into action.
God bless you,
This would be Awesome! I would love to win! Thanks Mike, truthfully an inspiration!
jerry kalka says
Read all your emails. Spent hours reading you articles. Great stuff
Jim Davis says
I really want to get started growing cuttings. Can’t afford the backyard growers club right now. Was on a 1 month trial few months ago and lived it!
Enjoy your site! Love this time of year when everything is greening up and beautiful and it’s time to get in the dirt to plant our gardens.
. I live just a bit from you and found your website while researching ideas to not have to go back to my retail management job and stay home with my little ones.
Winning the lifetime membership would help me convince my husband its the way our life should go, a sign from above!
Either way I hope to start small even if I do have to go back to my old crazy schedule, and stop by to meet you and the other growers ?
I need to understand the government regulations and taxes regarding growing and selling plants
Hey Mike! I have always learned something from each post of yours and I always look forward to everything you post. You have a few great fans here in Tennessee!
Theresa A Naim says
Good morning Mike
i am ready to start the second half of my life. Your story has inspired me to make the world around me more beautiful. i would love a chance to win a free chance for the backyard gardener’s membership.
Enjoy each day
Jon B. says
Mike, I have subscribed to your newsletter for many years now, and each one gives me more insight into the growing things in my garden and the rest of my property. I’m inspired to try some cuttings from my trees, and I’m going to put some in the ground this year. I hope you keep this going for a long time and keep us informed about all the issues we face in our gardens and our businesses !
Mark Wilson says
in a week or so, my daughter, who I have not seen in 8 years and my two youngest grandsons who I have yet to meet will be moving close to my zone 7B location, I hope to work with them to develop a small plant business that will allow my daughter the opportunity to forego working for someone else away from the home and be there to raise her children in person as she raises small plants to supply to landscapers and other interested parties.
Vicki Baumer says
My husband and I have recently moved from our beloved farm to a new state to be near grand babies. I am feeling adrift without our large 3 acre flower garden on the farm, our animals and without new friends and needing something new to focus on. Propagating plants and developing a business would be just the thing! I hope I am the lucky one to win a backyard growers membership!
Jody Roberts says
I am so excited Mike!!! Hope I am one of the lucky ones! Thank you!
This type of business could quite literally change our lives. Hoping for the best. Thank you for all the info Mike. Really appreciate it.
Phill Rendall says
Would love to win this. I am a 56 year old self-employed shopkeeper in the UK and have owned and operated my own small shops for over 30 years. Unfortunately, since the death of my father, my mothers dementia has escalated to the point I have had to all but give up ‘work’ as I previously knew it in order to be her almost permanent companion.
I haven’t told you this because I want your sympathy vote, in fact this is the last thing I need as sympathy has never actually helped anybody. I love the idea of being able to a) grow plants for profit and b) help others to do the same who are in a similar boat. I believe there are many dementia suffers who would actually benefit by having more structure in their lives whilst being stuck in their homes and with the help of their carers could actually cover the cost of this care. (UK government pays just over £60 a week to a family member who puts there life on hold for an determined period of time.)
I could just set this up for the UK, but I would have to learn what people need to know via the University of Hard Knocks, which being a lifetime student could be done, but I think a membership to your site would cut the learning time by a massive margin.
Incidentally, regardless of your decision, I will still go ahead with a UK membership site (It’s not as if I’m doing anything for most of the day other than being here.) and when funds permit will join you on the inside.
Annie Wong says
Really enjoy all the different articles and videos you have shared with your readers, Mike.
I find them interesting and most helpful. Thank You!
Marie Dufour says
Thanks for the chance to win a membership.
My husband & I are chicken farmers on my parents farm. We just received the news three weeks ago that my parents are putting the farm up for sale. Because farming the land is our only means of income, we are negotiating to purchase 5 acres of the land to continue to work and make an income. Well, that is not enough land to continue raising pastured chickens in a volume we need for a living. So we have been investigating other means to generating an income on only 5 acres instead of 65, We discovered the business of commercial rooted cuttings and have decided that is our next venture. We are also in our 50s and need something we can physically do for the next 15 to 20 years. Well, as I researched and looked for a solid mentor to help us reach our goal, I found you. My husband & I hope to become one of your new members in June. We are going into this blind but know we will be successful with the right instruction. To win a new membership would be the icing on the cake because that will free up our working capital to buy more cuttings and build our infrastructure.
We have only begone to sift through your info. I need to systematically plot our game plan on a calendar for the next three years and I hope to use your wealth of info to accomplish this. Next week I am calling a few of the commercial growers in our area to help me understand how to best meet their rooted cuttings needs. This includes determining which are the high demand plants and which generate the highest price per cutting. We need to start rooting as soon as possible. And this info will help us to narrow down what we should root first.
Thank you for your generosity, passion and desire to teach others.
Hey Mike don’t have the money for membership right now free would be great
Terry Kaye says
I’d love to win!
Neil K. Orris says
its good that the donkey is running for president … so few Americans an distinguish between a Donkey and a Jack Ass
All good stuff here Mike. Thanks for a the info. Good luck everybody!
Herbert Ahern says
I want to learn everything about herbs
Christine Thompson says
I have watch all the videos I can, of you, and your lovable family, I love growing anything, from fruit trees, veggies, and flowers. Ix myself bought a place out in the country with almost 6 acres, to follow my dreams. I just retired, and so I am able to do a lot now, working outside, I will soon be trying propagating my Rose of Sharon, Crabe Mytle, and the seeds I have saved from my Magnolia trees, which I have planted all of them.
I would love to be able to have a small business, that I don’t have work for someone else, which would be my dream, and also be able to make some extra income, Another great reason, would mean I could finally meet and greet you and your family,
.Thank you for the opportunity to be able to obtain those last goals of my new journey later life.
Toni Ellsworth says
When we bought our house it was because my husband wanted big back yard. Right after we moved in, my husband’s health went downhill. Nothing has ever been done back there. He died four year’s ago and I’m finally coming out of the fog I have been in since then. I have been following you now for a couple of years and have decided that it is time I get off my butt and do something to increase my income. I just can’t make it on my Social Security any longer. I have downloaded the book and saved your emails. Starting slowly due to finances but things will improve. Thank you for all of your help with getting people like me up and going.
Sam J. Straub says
Really enjoy all your articles..
Seriously thinking of going heavy into plants.. Had a stroke a couple years back.. Kind of ended my ladder climbing sign business.. Turning 77 this year.. Say HI to the donkeys for me.. I rescued four and love ’em..
Liz Haines-Delaware says
I have been following you Mike for several years. As a young child, I spent the summers at my grandparent’s farm in Pennsylvania. Those were the best years of my life. Life was different…folks helped one another with a kind and generous spirit. My grandmother planted the most beautiful flower gardens. After retirement, my mother became a self taught master gardener …she could grow anything…and couldn’t wait to get out in the garden to root, dig and grow plants. Now that I am approaching retirement, I want to follow in her footsteps by learning something she truly loved. Thank you Mike for teaching us how “to grow” a worthwhile hobby and a lucrative business. You are sharing the American dream with all of your followers.
Silvija Moess says
It is never too late to start a business. Presently I am working on my masters in horticulture therapy and am doing my practicum working with special needs high school kids. It is at a commercial greenhouse that gives vocational training for them so that they can build their self-esteem and confidence and provide a way to make money for their futures. I love your ideas and experiences which have given me ideas as to find other ways to help further my horticulture therapy practices with special needs people as well as others such as the elderly that will provide a meaningful purpose for them. What I really like is that one does not need a greenhouse to be able to propagate and grow plants as I know how expensive it can be to run a greenhouse that money can be hard to find for. I look forward to using your ideas once I am finished with my practicum and have become a certified horticulture therapist hopefully next year. I am so glad that I came upon your site! Thank you, Mike!
Anton Schmit says
I have tried for many moons to propagate different trees and plants to no avail, but since I move to L.A., Calif. I have tried and succeeded in propagating Cactus Cuttings from a Huge plant in the front yard. I just started cutting Single Stands of the Cactus to keep it from lifting the edge of the Roof and Rain Trough. Cut these large cuttings down to short pieces from the top end of the Cactus and planting them in the Back Yard Garden Area, So far out of 21 Cuttings I have given Two Away to Couples whom Fell in love with them, and told and helped them plant them with the proper soil mixture Cactus Plants require… Just as basically You have told US to do.
But I have failed in Propagating any other Trees or Plants because I keep doing something wrong. I have tried Orange, Lemon, Apple, Tomato, and several others to NO Avail… Thanks for all the directions you have posted and that I have done “something wrong” in trying to follow your Instructions.
I would like to enter to win a free membership! As I am retired and 75 and the House Husband, that would to learn more Garden Knowledge for the Hot area we life in, The Southern Part of California.
Thanks Again for the knowledge I have received from you and have been able to Remember it.
Since I have found your website I have shared it with everyone I know. You shamelessly give such wonderful advice on how to not only make gardening easy, but fun. We have put in our first raised bed this year and have more supplies in the truck for another! You have taught me how to prune fruit trees, how to root cuttings and how to mix soil. I am grateful for all that you share. Thank you for sharing your passion of growing, with us.
I have been following you for over 10 years and I am continually inspired! Thanks for all the growing info, even if I only use it for my backyard.?
Joy Lathem says
Thanks for all the helpful information!
Laurie Jozefyk says
Hello Mike, ,
I have been enjoying reading you tips for over a year now. I have allot of whisteria purple and white all over.Bamboo. Is this something you think I could sell pretty easily? I need to thin out? Lol
Norman Linden says
I wanted to start a plant business when I retired, but I thought that we might move, so have been putting off doing anything. I can’t wait any longer, as I am not getting any younger!. I have started dividing hostas, and collecting and potting other plants to start at least in a small way. Mike, I enjoy all of your articles, and look forward to more of them.
Darian Ward says
Mike and his site are awesome. Nowhere else will you find information that will change your life for free other than freeplants.com. I purchased some of the literature that Mike offers and the information is tremendously helpful. I started some plants last year in the aquarium propagator, which worked well, but this year I will be upgrading to the large propagation box that Mike uses.
I love your tips,
I’d love to be a member! Thanks for this chance. 🙂
Would really love to win. I am disabled but love to grow flowers and plants.
Wow! That would be such a dream come true. I have always been a plant lover and had my first garden at the age of 2. I can’t afford this membership, so to win one would be awesome!
Dawn Weger says
would really love to get started doing this, especially since it seems like i am going to be stuck in this house in town instead of being able to move to a small piece of land…i’ve always loved growing plants, especially from seeds.
Victoria Richards says
Thank you for your amazing gift to us all. I found you a few weeks ago and purchased everything you had to offer. As soon as my townhouse closes I am moving to ten acres in Austin, that I plan to make a tree farm, nursery and conference/event center with lavish gardens.
I have spent my life developing life-restorative natural health technologies for chronic pain, arthritis, strokes, and chronic conditions not helped with traditional medicine. I train physicians and practitioners to use many natural compounds and formulas along with advanced technologies and have ordered 1/3 of a ton of pure rain-forest herbs for compounding, but the funny thing is, I never thought about growing my own plants.
You inspired me so much that I researched tractors and ordered a Kubota like yours. Being very type ‘A’, I could not wait to begin propagation. I purchased a few dozen plastic stack-able deep drawers and have put up several thousand cuttings with 500-1500 per day in the plan until I move.
These stacks of white plastic bags in drawers in my garage and on my otherwise pretty and tidy patio have created quite a few interesting conversations with potential buyers. Many have been very intrigued and I feel certain they have gone directly to your website to learn more.
I look forward to becoming a member and integral part of the growing and selling community. My five year old grandson Dallas has been involved with making compost and growing an immense garden at school and he is excited to spend the summer with his GiGi growing “lots of beautiful plants and trees”. Thank you all so much. Big hugs from Texas, Victoria
Love your website, Mike! I hope to win, too!
Rosa Darlene Northcutt says
You have inspired me more than you know. I have lived all my life not caring for yard work but when I retired I found myself with a lot of time on my hands and there is only so much quilting you can do, lol.
My mother got sick and came to live with me and she decided to sell her house so I dug up her irises since I did not want them to get sold along with the house. This is when I started messing with plants. I am very computer literate so I started researching the internet and that is when I found you and your website. I then started experimenting and found that I like to experiment, Imagine that, I spend my whole working career in an office and I find out something new about myself, I like to experiment with plants. I have been experimenting ever since. Love getting your updates all the time. Imagine that I never like to work in the yard and now that is all I do!
Lisa in Iowa says
Thanks for all the great articles and information that you share. I’ve read your emails for years and am still learning. I really appreciate all the work you put into it.
Genaro Jimenez says
i have enjoyed your videos on japanese mapels of various kinds. I was finally able to afford a couple of them one at a time. of course I would like to win the membership but lets see what the future has for me.thank you ! Mr. Mike
Got your email and I look forward to more!
Richard McCollom says
My interest in plant propagation is not for commercial purposes but mainly to provide plants for landscape work I am doing at my church. We have environmental bio swales and a creek restoration that require native plants. There is no budget to purchase plants so I have been referring to Mike’s website for ideas and techniques for “free” plants through propagation. I’ll be planting red twig dogwood, snowberry and ninebark this fall that I started from hardwood cuttings 2 years ago. Thanks for all of the advise.
Steven Sabo says
I would love the opportunity to start fresh and start something new. Thank you for the opportunity.
Leslie West says
Great opportunity for income. I like many of the plants I have read about. My zone 7 arid region limits some plants.
George Hels says
Recently learned about Mike when I researched Ja[anese Red Maples – I have a full grown one in my yard(a rental) and wanted to start some lil’ ones to put in our upcoming new house and yard. I knew NOTHING about plants, other than how to kill them quickly , Yet Mike’s writings have helped me to foster 4 from seed! Recently injured at work, I need to do something to supplement my income and occupy my time -and this is better and easier than the expense of my other hobbies, and it brings joy to my Wife – a WIN , WIN for me!!
John Williams says
Thanks for all the good information.
ABYSLO ABRAHAM says
All are welcome in this business of keeping the earth well. age will not stop anyone from using the treasures on this planet so will everyone safeguard them. Grow more plants for abundant life.
Wow, this would be awesome!! I have enjoyed every thing I have ordered from you, and learned a lot from your letters and videos. Thanks for all you do!
Bonnie Smith says
Loving your website 🙂
I’m hoping to learn more.
Linda Lee says
I’ve been a fan of Mikes for some time. Lived most of my life in Ohio and now totally enjoying life in Tennessee. I brought plants from Ohio with me and some have thrived while others haven’t. I never stop gardening. My two year old Granddaughter helped me plant an herb garden this afternoon. What a joy. That free membership would be awesome. Thanks for all you teach us MIke.
I really appreciate all the info you share and encouragement you give. As a result, I now have an even greater passion for plants!!! Thanks for providing some fortunate person with the opportunity to learn even more.!!
Vonnie Donahue says
Hi there Mike. I have been getting and reading your emails for some time now and love your down to earth ? advise and knowledge. I am still thinking about whether or not I could do this. I think it is very generous of you to give a lifetime membership and I know if I won it would be the motivation I need to try this kind of business. At any rate, keep up the good work, hugs to your donkeys,(forget their names), and thanks for sharing your experience with all.
Mark Morin says
Winning a free membership would be awesome. I enjoy reading your posts.. They continue to inspire me.
Paula Bridges Monette says
Sorry I should have put in my last name. I will add it now.
Mike Armstrong says
Mike, love ur articles, keep up the great wok, Mike A
ENTER ME FOR THE FREE MEMBERSHIP CLUB
Wish I had the gumption to get going.
Saundra Cranfill says
Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and love of all things green. I love your blog.
Enter me for the free membership
Jim lardner says
I’ve been following your post for a couple of weeks now and I’ve learned quit a lot. I hope I’m the lucky winner.
Paul B. says
I have been receiving your emails for years. I have purchased a couple of items in the past. So, no I am semi-retired and out of work. I have been spending so much more time in the yard and appreciate your videos and tips.
Thank you for being such an inspiration. I enjoy reading your newsletters and reading your site. I also enjoy watching your you tube videos. My family and I are currently in the process of setting up our 2 acres for permaculture and hopefully sales like you.
I am excited for the opportunity to win a membership to your site. Earning some additional income would present opportunity to buy more of your books, giving me opportunity to learn more.
Judi Haight says
I still haven’t mastered rooting yet but keep rereading your books and watching your videos. I have even tried stratification of a climbing rose. I would love have a backyard grower’s business because of your inspiration. Keep it coming!
Carl Deslandes says
Hi , i’m from Canada .
Thanks for the contest
Kristen Nicholson says
Thanks Mike, for all of the incredible information you give on this site. I’m a newbie to gardening and plants so I apprecite all the wonderful advice.
Sandra Downs says
Hi! I’m so thankful to have found your videos on YouTube and now your site and can’t wait for your books to arrive.. I have never enjoyed working so hard in my life! It’s not really working if you enjoy it, right lol! I have planted 4 raised gardens, built a small greenhouse, and have more tree cuttings of Japanese Magnolias, azaleas, Bridal Bouquet shrub and Tulip Poplars than I know what to do with! They just came from my yard, too. My husband of 30 years is really impressed, too. I’ll be working on my Crepe Myrtles tomorrow. Thank you so much for everything you do! You have certainly inspired me to do something I have always wanted to do but didn’t know where to begin. God bless you and your family!
Linda D says
I just took everything out of my beds. If it ever stops raining I am replanting with Perrineals. I hope to do this growing of plants when I retire in a few months. I love plants and this will be great for me to earn extra money.
Hank Wolgast says
Mike, I am an active gardener ,71 years old,from northern Michigan. I would really like to win the Free, Permanent Membership to the backyard growing center. It could give me that extra incentive to start my own business. Thanks for all you do for us…..You are a super and caring person.
My name is Glenn, I have a reasonably large productive market garden , I also try to sell a few rooted cutting along . Have been following , Mike for awhile. , I really enjoy horticulture, my dream is to completely pursue this Avenue
We actually started over 300 trees this year before ever buying your course, after reading it I realized we likely made a few mistakes along the way, but all in all they are doing very well. Thanks for the opportunity to win a membership, and hoping if we don’t win we will be one of the luck few to be able to buy in!
Shirley Webber says
I am going to tell you a story, very true story. I don’t consider it to be a hard luck story but it is mine. I am 53 yrs old and 10 years ago I was diagnosed with lupus, my kidneys are only working at 15%, I have high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma and a lot more from this disease. About 4 years ago I took on my grand daughter, at the time she was almost 6. She has autism, ADHD,, a missing gene, she doesn’t feel pain the way we do and she doesn’t have tears. This is just to name a few. A year ago November I adopted her, she is such an amazing child. I also raise English Mastiffs.
Last year I decided that I needed more in my life than what I had. I am not able to get a “regular” job and I started looking online and ran across your blogs, you=tube videos and a lot more. At this time I have never grown anything, except a few veggies for the family. I have never considered myself as having a green thumb., but after seeing your videos about clipping and sticking, how to start my own back yard nursery, and buying plants wholesale. I took the leap and I am having the time of my life. I have gathered plants from the board, seedlings, stock plants, liners etc, and almost everything is growing, I AM AMAZED at all of the information you give us as well as all the members.. I love getting the emails and all the knowledge that you possess. I am truly grateful for everything you do for us and how much knowledge you have and share.
John Quackenbush says
If I won the Free, Permanent Membership to the members only area. I would have to go buy me a couple of pair of Bib Overhauls so I could know how it feels for a guy to have the “most fun with his bibs on”!
Dina Beavers says
Hello my name is Dina and i enjoy reading your information.
Patricia Greer says
My Grandma told me to never pay for a plant….just pinch off a little and take it home and start it yourself…lol. My family on. It’s sides were farmers and I have that gene..it comes out as a need to plant things and watch them grow. Being in awe of nature. I hope I win:-)
Vicky Myers says
Still trying to win after all these years. Still poor and trying to get this old farm livable and take it back from the birds, ground squirrels and bugs! Grrr! Need this badly.
Mike Klein says
HI from Miami
I love this site. Anybody else in zone 10? I have micro nursery that specialize in cactus, succulents and tropical. I wish Japanese maples grow down here. Please enter me in the contest.
I am on the installment plan for your backyard nursery permanent membership. What I would like is if you would let me win and pay off the rest. Just a thought.
Been with you for years and still love you and the family pets included 😉
Mary Grondski says
Would love to join! Just starting to get into gardening and need to learn a lot!
Joseph Weatherford says
Mike! I’m currently paying out a membership by the month! The members area is totally worth it! Would love to win the rest of my membership paid…..
DONNA BOUDREAUX says
Would love to win this. This is something my grandson and I could do together. Only seven but he loves plants and enjoys helping me with mine.
I have propagated willow and poplar I am looking forward to learning more with mike. Love your videos will see if it works for me in Canada
Rick Moreno says
Your videos are informative. I love Japanese Maples and getting my hands in the dirt!
Josh Riesberg says
Mike I look forward to reading each email you send out. I already have a decent amount of liners started and can’t wait to take cuttings next month.
Keep up the great work.
Randi Wortham says
At age 80, I’m a little less likely to begin a new plant business, but it’s still a possibility. First will be to divide what I have and see how a sale works out. Maybe I’ll rent a room to an avid plant person and away we’ll go. Anyway, I’d love to be on your team, Mike!
Danny Covington says
I would love to win and begin my plant business here in Charleston, SC
Mrs BJ Holloway says
So glad I found this blog. I am a Senior and can’t do a lot of landscaping but I do what I can. You have helped with great ideas. Looking forward to more problem solvers.
I always enjoy reading Mikes newsletters. Appreciate the down to earth approach.
Denise Ballings says
Just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your emails and articles. I have learned more from you these past few months than I have from anyone on the Internet. I love your style.
Thank you from lower Alabama!
Therese Lang says
You are my ‘go to guy.’….LOVE and look forward to EVERYTHING you email..
Side note…..Those donkey’s should be president and vice president…HAND DOWN!!
They are a hell of a lot better than what we have NOW …AND, for sure, DOUBLE or NOTHING a far sight better than what we have to choose from., wudincha say? ;-
Harley Roberts says
I continue to enjoy your tips
Count me in Mike!
melanie gover says
chance of a life time!
Janet zullig says
What an inspiration you are! I love reading your posts.
Nancy Otto says
Hi Mike. I’ve been reading you for years. Just waiting to retire to start your program. Damn job takes too much of my time so I have to wait. Looking forward to winning the free membership!
nancy ingram says
I have been gardening AND composting for over 20 years. I have completed a master gardeners program and havent didnt learn 1/2 the facts I have learned from mikes page in 2 weeks. I would LOVE to win this free membership as I plan on retiring in 5 years and hope to garden full time. thank you so much for all of your information you have made available. I have become a true MIKE follower. I peruse your site everyday and manage to come away with an interesting fact or shortcut every time.
Just bought your Backyard Cash Machine guide – lots of great info. Would love to join your membership club for free!
Debbie Bauman says
I have to say I would be so grateful and humbled to win a Private Backyard Growers Membership! I live on a farm in central Wisconsin and due to some serious health issues with my husband we are forced to sell our cows. I have been an avid gardener for years and have worked for a landscaping company and done a lot of landscaping on my own now for the past few years. With this change in our lives we were trying to decide what my husband and I can do now for our income and future and since he loves to work with the land and I love plants we decided on starting a nursery. Doing some research I came upon you and all the information that you have to offer! I immediately bought all your books and started reading as well as watching your videos and reading all of your emails. It is truly amazing all that I have learned in a couple short months. We are now in the process of starting our own Back “farm” garden and the chance to become a member would be an amazing opportunity. Oh and by the way I have to say I LOVE the way you explain things, so down to earth and easy to understand. And your bibs remind me of my Dad who is no longer with me. He always had a pair on!
Excited to see so many enthusiastic people following their passion. Let’s grow together!
Teresa Farrell says
I love this site. I am a retired content curator and so I know a thing or two about content. Mike has created a site that fits his business philosophy completely. He gives a lot of value in the information, DIY tips and encouragement he doles out. As a result, he has created a community of people with shared interests, reciprocity and relatedness that is just beautiful…AND it is all “green” and intended to create independence. I love it!
Thank you Teresa, I appreciate that.
Mark Wilson says
all that Teresa stated is true; Mike, a half blind pers could recognize the enthusiasm and encouragement that freely flows in rivers from each of your posts.
Hey Mike, I’ve been watching for years. You are an excellent teacher. I havent gotten a membership for love of children and grandchildren. I live in WNY, your weather is like mine. I promise my self I will join soon. You sre spot on in all your posts. Thanks to you and your wife Pam..
Mary Ann Askew says
I am praying I win your Permanent Backyard Growers Membership as it will allow me to make a living. Since my husband died 2 years ago, I have not been able to find a job! It seems like no employer wants to take a chance on a 60 year old woman that has not worked in a very long time.
I love reading and learning the growing information you send out free! I look forward to the next email!
I have wanted to start a home nursery for years, but never took that first step. I’ve learned a lot reading and watching. Hopefully this will be the summer I kick things off.
Thanks for all of the info.
Clarissa Nell says
Please enter my name for the membership competition.
Mike, do you have many Canadian members?
bOBBIE mARTIN says
i GUESS THE ONLY WAY i WILL EVER BE ABLE TO be A MEMBER IS TO WIN A MEMBERSHIP. BUT I LOVE THE THRILL OF SEEING CUTTINGS i HAVE TAKEN , TAKE OFF AND ACTUALLY PRODUCE A TREE OR PLANT!!!. RATHER MAKES YOU FEEL A LITTLE LIKE god MUST HAVE FELT WHEN hE STOOD BACK AND LOOKED AT ALL he HAD CREATED!!! lOVE THE IDEA, YOUR VIDEOS, AND FERGUS AND FINNIGAN. WOULD LOVE TO CLONE them !! lol
Jill Butlet says
I just discovered your articles. I’ve already learned more than I have from any other site. I’m looking forward to learning much more!
Hi, looking forward to growing my own landscaping plants!
Jo Nicholas says
LoveMike’s videos and all the valuable info he shares. Can’t wait to win the membership to the “VIP” section!
Gearing up for retirement next Spring and opening my nursery. A membership to your group would be a great help.
Pick me, pick me!?
L. Phelps says
Thank you for sharing your experiences and wisdom!
Jackie Stamper says
Waiting on June 1st…is like waiting on Black Friday. OPEN OPEN OPEN
Cathy in Louisiana says
I’ve been following your emails for some time. I bought one of your $7.00 books when I retired and what a bargain. I’ve learned a lot from you and I seem to have a knack for being able to root plants. One of these days I plan to get serious about gardening. As another person commented, maybe winning a free membership will take me there sooner. Thanks for the chance at a free membership!
kim steele says
We are two very lucky people to have that passion for plants, flowers, and people.
It is a wonderful thing to have a place where you can go out into your garden, flower or vegetable garden and get so absorbed doing what your doing that you have not a care in the world. All is good.
Mike, I am always amazed at the information you provide on your website. Its like getting a university education.
I have baby japaneese maples sprouting up in my back yard i am just hoping they will conrinue to grow.
Dana Carbone says
Hello this is Dana Carbone,, I have been watching you videos for years, and intend one day to really do the program,, a free membership would be a boost in the right direction!
God bless yoiu
Terri Boykin says
I’ve just found this site, because I was hinting for details on Plant Propagation Beds. I recently bought a bit of land and have planted a small orchard, and part of the ornamental landscaping. I have started thinking that a second job might be a good thing – might even become the one job. I do love being in my garden! And I wold love to be a member gardening forum!Mike’s
Terri Boykin says
That last line should be “And I would love to be a member of Mike’s gardening forum!” I can type; my keyboard is just wearing out. 🙂
Martha Pate says
Hi Mike ,I bought your backyard nursery kit several years ago and my husband and I have been growing plants ever since . Love to grow plants and would love to win the backyard growers membership.
Thanks and God Bless
Janice Easterday says
You are all very generous in answering a beginner’s questions. I’m currently seeking where I will be living. Looking forward to the steam of income I will have from growing plants to sell.
I’ve enjoyed volunteering in public gardens. Taking care of plants as a Master Gardener. Soon it will be time for taking care of my own plant business.
Thank you for consideration, Mike.
Robert Epple says
Love the emails and articles. Learning an awful lot and hope to create a new business with this idea.
Terry Linker says
I’d love to be part of the Backyard Growers Members Area and be able to buy and sell plants.
Gail Pike says
Well I don’t know what to say. I love your You Tubes. And I keep checking for what is next.
I really want to get into this. I want a membership badly but it would be good wouldn’t it.
April Cyrul says
I would love love love to become a member and learn from others. I love reading everything Mike has to teach us!
I grew up in my dad’s nursery in south Florida, yet I never had a passion for following in his footsteps. Recently, something changed in me. I’m 32 now and I can’t get enough when it comes to consuming knowledge of plants and growing plants. I stumbled across mikesbackyardnursery.com while doing research and making a random Google search. So glad I did. Mr. McGroarty’s wealth of knowledge has become my go-to resource for just about every question I have had lately. Of course, I’m leaning on my dad a lot too and he couldn’t be happier that I finally got hooked.
Adam McClary says
Thanks for blazing the way!
Lyda Savoca says
I plan on joining as soon as I can, but this would be a great help! Thanks for the opportunity!
Lyda Savoca says
I plan on joining as soon as I can, but this would be a great help!! Thanks for the opportunity!
Kim Peterson says
I would LOVE a free membership. Thank you so much!!!
I have been receiving Mike’s emails and reading this on his website for about 3 years now. I also have his books. He is so knowledgeable about growing plants! Gives such good advice! I live in Oklahoma which is in a different growing zone, but his advice is always right on! I would love to win this free permanent membership!
Janet Morrison says
Mike, I have been a fan for so long, and I just bought my 1st pair of overalls and my Corona pruners!
Janet Morrison says
Mike, I have been a fan for so long, that I bought my 1st pair of overalls and my Corona pruners!!!
Debbie Bouras says
I have learned so much from you. You are my gardening god! If you have a question Mike has the answer.
ROY FISHER says
YOR DOING A GREAT JOB MIKE, LOVE YOUR WEBSITES. I WOULD LOVE TO WIN.
GROWING PLANTS IS GREAT.
ROY FISHER says
I love watching plants grow, sometimes they are doing nothing at all, then they start to grow like crazy.
David Brush says
I’ve been reading and watching your info for a while. I bought the Easy plant Propagation book and am reading it. I would love be part of your system and start a nursery. I can’t think of a better way to start than a membership, visit your place to see how it’s done and to learn from the master.
Lisa Willes says
I have always loved growing plants. I am now approaching my retirement years and planning to start a nursery to keep myself active. I love watching your videos on you tube.
Bob Lowrance says
I would really like to join, coming up with $500 just seems to elude me. Looking forward to meeting you. Thanks for the chance.
Mark Morin says
I look forward to receiving your emails, they are so inspiring. I can’t wait to read the next one.
Brenda Brewer says
This would be a great opportunity.. Thanks for the chance.
Kyle C says
Mike, thank you so much for the inspiration and know-how to get people on the right start. I just read your “Backyard Cash Machine” and I am ready to get my hands dirty! However, money is tight for me so a free membership would be amazing! Either way, you are my go-to for learning about what this industry is all about.
Linda M says
Thank you, Mike, for all the great info you share so generously on how to grow and propagate so many great plants successfully. Your down-to-earth approach help make learning from your videos and ebook easy – and fun! The encouragement you give everyone that they can do this too, and the step-by-step info on exactly *how* to succeed is priceless – and deeply appreciated.
Way to go Mike! Thanks!
Charlene Dryman says
I live in Texas and love your info on how to divide day lilies. You separate them so quick and easy and they seem to thrive. Thanks for all the information that you give. I also love Fergus and Finnegan. You and Pam remind me of me and my hubby. We work mostly with veggies instead of flowers and trees. Keep the information coming.
Mike, I enjoy your blog and all your invaluable info more than anything on the internet. I’d like to learn how to root rabbit eye blueberries with my mist system. It’s the only cutting I have difficulty with.
Keep up the great work my friend; it is very enlightening!
I learned so much from your email to us and the little booklet, dvd and ebooks. Thank you for making them affordable to us. Our village is having a yard sale in June and I now have plants from cuttings to sell..
Whatever I make will go to my three homeschooled teenage granddaughters who lost their Mother to cancer last year.
I’m happily potting up my plant in the $5.97 pots I got from you. 🙂 So inspired!
Clifton Keller says
An email that contains MikesBakeYardNursery is the first one I open. Thanks for all you do.
Please include me in your drawing.
kitty minor says
hi, mike— i have been a subscriber and follower for a good number of years. though i’ve never got into the commercial side of it, i have had fun trying out your methods for rooting plants for my yard, and collected a lot of knowledge, thanks for letting the rest of us in on how easy plant propagation is. best of everything to you and yours.
Lee Parker says
You’re a generous person Mike. I would love to win the membership. Thankyou for the chance
Lee in East Texas
Marilyn Kefirlady says
I so appreciate all the information you send me. Here’s a story about my new blueberry plant that started out “bad” that has a happy ending. Late winter/early spring but before any leaves appeared, the local rabbits decided to have a feast on one of my newly planted blueberry plants. They left some twigs and thanks to you I knew exactly what to do with them. I have four new blueberry plants! Plus where the rabbits ate the plant, well, that just stimulated more growth. So I am happy.
My wish is that the one here who needs the free membership the most, wins it. That may or may not be me.
One more thing about my place here. I bought a ten acre farm last year. I planted most of it to hay for the goats. Turns out I have another two acre field behind the woods that the realtor didn’t tell me about. I don’t need another hay field so that is going to be my food forest. I had hundreds of tree seeds in my refrigerator in cold moist stratification, all winter and they are sprouting now. Chestnuts, hazels, Ginkgo, American plum, service berry, Sea Buckthorn. and on and on. I will definitely have extra trees available.
I hope everyone here has a great and prosperous summer. Take care, Marilyn
Danita Jones says
Hi Mike, thanks for sharing your wealth of information- it truly is amazing. I always look forward to receiving your emails. And thanks for the opportunity to win the membership. I am a stay at home mum and just starting out in creating my own backyard nursery. This is my passion. One day I know it WILL become my dream.
Robert Rainey says
I,m 74 don’t know how much time I have yet, but I enjoy working in my garden areas. I would be happy to receive your Free Membership.
Lorraine Dixon says
Just getting started with selling plants. Would love to make this a full time job. Need all the help I can get
David Prchal says
This would be a fantastic resource for my new backyard nursery!! Hopefully mine will be as successful as my fathers! Fingers crossed!
Tina Schraier says
I just wanted to thank you for keeping me passionate about my love of all things plant, for all these years.
Every time someone would compliment me on my green thumb, I would think
” Thanks MIke ” I felt that I had to meet my garden family and it is a wonderful
place , experience and joy to meet others who are further along on the ” plant journey ”
I just wanted to say how much I am enjoying the membership .
Hi Mike. I’m Sheryl from southeast Louisiana and I am a plant addict. I love to propagate plants and have even had people stop to ask if they can buy some of the roses I propagate. I’d love a free membership to your Backyard Growers group. Thanks for all the wonderful tips and tricks you share with us!
I hope to do this one day.
Thanks for all you do. A couple of years ago I got our book on how to make money selling plants for $4.97. I took our marketing class, great information. I am taking cuttings like mad right now. So being a member would be my next step into this adventure.
I have been a partial? member for several years now, at least I think that’s what I am. Anyway, I have told so many people about your website and I have learned so much from you that I feel like I am a real member of the family. Although I am not buying and selling, I am learning a lot! Sometimes I feel if I started selling it would be wonderful and then I could help someone else by growing something needed in my area of Massachusetts.
It would be a priviledge to win a REAL membership and someday travel to Ohio to one of your gatherings, thanks for the opportunity. Congrats to whoever wins and continue to stay connected to Mike’s support system.
Jim Morton says
WOW – great deal on the free permanent membership!
Joe Mathias says
You always have the most informative emails! I look forward to eventually moving to a location where I can set up my growing area, and start potting for sales. I hope I win!
Tami Connolly says
I am trying to start a business selling plants. Right now my goal is to supplement my income and eventually make it my only source of income. As a start up I have to watch my expenses. I. could.benefit from a free membership to farther my goals. Thank you for giving me a chance for.this opportunity.
Ronnie Wilson says
I would love to win. I joined for 2 months a few years ago and then lost my job in the coal mines I am on my second job since then and I am still unable to afford to get my membership back but hope to some day.
I enjoy all the emails I get from Mike and visit his websites often.
I have learned a lot and aim to learn more.
Thanks and have a great day
Gayle Werner says
Hi Mike. I’ve been reading you for years and you are amazing. I want to win the membership because I had both my knees replaced three months ago and now I’m ready to do some serious backyard growing!
Teresa Ballinger says
I would love to be a member of the Backyard Growers!
Patty Sherman says
I just spent the afternoon with you on the internet. Wow. Time flies when you are having a good time and learning such great techniques and ideas from you. Thank you so much for all of your great advice. I will be watching for more from you. If I should win the membership it would be fabulous, but I feel as though I have won something already just by stumbling upon your site and your videos.
Danielle Woodcock says
Desperately want to win the free membership. I want to make more money to make a better life for my 5 year old son.
Candy Forman says
Plant propagation is my passion! This sounds like the perfect resource for me!
Deanna Hood says
I would very much like to win this membership. I am presently a college student preparing for graduation. Gardening would bring me great personal peace and joy, but it would also help supplement the household income (which consists of my husband’s disability benefits until I can find gainful employment).
Thank you for all the free information you provide as it is of great value to beginners such as myself.
Jenelle Roxie Marshall says
Greetings! I’m Jenelle, in Port Saint Lucie, Fla. I’m a lifetime treehugger/greenthumber, and spend as much time in my garden as possible. I grow my own herbs and vegetables, and already have some small fruit trees and shrubs. I was lucky enough to purchase a home with a myriad of exotic plants in the landscaping, many of which propagate on their own. I am hoping to find a way to make my passion my income,( along with my editing business 🙂 ) and be able to spend more time at home with my daughter and grandson. Currently I cook for others to pay my bills, and I wish I didn’t! This opportunity is not something I can afford, so I do hope the universe sees fit for me to be the one you choose! Blessed be!
Debby W. says
I found your website many years ago and referred to it often for my home landscaping. We are now in the 7th growing season of a non-profit business my husband and a friend started – growing fresh produce and giving it away to those in need in our area. And now that my boss is talking retirement in 2 years or so, I will need another job. Maybe it’s time to get deeper into growing – both for myself and Impact Harvest (our non-profit). This membership will get me started now so I can work for myself in 2 years. Thank you, Mike, for all your hard work and the knowledge you share.
Tom Caig says
Been sticking soft cuttings in my new misting bed…wow….you said it is like magic,, were you ever right ! Can’t believe how good they look ! I know I’ll have some great rooted cuttings…I need a resource to sell them … Please sign me up for a chance to be apart of your backyard growers network, thank you !
Aileen Paschall says
Love your newsletters and your business model. I’d love to know if I can do this from Italy! I already have adopted some of your methods of propagation with huge success! I know I have more to learn. I’d love to get a free membership. Here’s hoping!
Robin Earnest says
Wow wee there are a lot of people vying to join through a free membership on here. As for me all I can state is I love to grow any and everything, from veggies to trees, flowering and succulent plants for inside and out along with all types of Herbs for cooking. This year I chose not to grow a veggie garden as I wanted to concentrate on Catalpa trees. We have 4 very old Catalpa trees at a little place we own at Jackson lake here in Georgia. I obtained seed from the dried pods before they opened, then placed them in the freezer. I have thus far planted 2 more trees 2 years ago at this lake house. This year I soaked the seed over night and the ones that floated to the top I threw away and those that sank I planted. I am very pleased to say I have 32 little Catalpa trees about 1 1/2 inches tall which came up only after a week. I was thrilled. I have house plants that I have had for over 20 years, which I root and grow more of, they include Christmas Cactus, Jade plant, African violets and the Triostar Stromanthe ( Stromanthe Sanguinea) house plant which is one of my oldest, this plant looks beautiful all the time as if it has painted leaves. I even painted it in oils on canvas along with the Jade plant and etc. I will not go on and on any longer. I simply hope I can join in as I really can not afford the fee at this time but I dearly I love all that Mr. McGroarty does to help everyone to learn about planting and becoming successful at it. I want to start growing and propagating cuttings Not only to sell all types of trees and plants but also to help other people to learn from my experiences along the way.. Thank you for this opportunity to gain a membership free of charge.
Carrie Mayfield says
I have been following you, Mike, for 6 years. I was inspired by materials I ordered from you. I started selling plants in 2011 and I was working part-time, too. I am retired now at age 62. I would love to be a Member of the Private Backyard Growers Business Center. I live in Oklahoma. Thank you!
Charity Shaull says
It would be great win a free membership. But if I don’t I still plan to join. What I have learned thus far is awesome. Very informative. Want to know something Just look its probably in some article.
arnold jones says
Thank you for the email about offering this contest for a chance to win a membership to the backyard growers. I am new to this industry and have a lot to learn. I have been reading your information that you send out and also purchased the “Backyard Cash Machine” and will be starting this.
I would really enjoy winning a membership so I can network and learn from others that are experienced. I am located in Salt Lake City, UT.
Again, Thank you for the email.
Have followed you for a while.
Your info is great! Short & to the point. It’s amazing, How easily
some plants reproduce. I’ve just stuck pieces in the ground to see
what happens. Blackberries,azaleas, hydrangea,
Would love to have a membership for my husband. This is perfect for him.
I am planning to start my own business this year. I would love a free membership! I have been following you for years and I am ready to make the leap!!!
Cody Reeves says
I’m trying to start a small backyard nursery. I have been watching mikes YouTube videos and they are very informative! I would love to become a member I believe it would help get my backyard nursery started up successfully
Thank you for the opportunity,
I have always appreciated Mike for many years. He speaks from the heart and he isn’t trying to impress anyone with fancy writings and making a big deal out of everything. He just tells it like it is, and he never offends anyone ———–not knowingly, any way——-but he has criticized, rather unjustly, and he always came back with a great attitude.
Who can get mad at a guy that loves donkeys.
That’s my kind of guy.
Sorry. The last sentence of the first paragraph should have read: I have always appreciated Mike for many years. He speaks from the heart and he isn’t trying to impress anyone with fancy writings and making a big deal out of everything. He just tells it like it is, and he never offends anyone ———–not knowingly, any way——-but he has BEEN criticized, rather unjustly, and he always came back with a great attitude
darlene leonhart says
Have followed Mike’s advice for many years. Have just became a Master Gardener, thus feel my past collection of his post and his future ones can only benefit others and myself A membership would be great.
Wow a Free, Permanent Membership, that is a great idea. Can’t wait
Jennifer Harvey says
I love digging in the dirt and plantings things. My Mother’s Day gift generally is a load of compost! Winning the free membership would be awesome! You are a treasure trove of information!
Mike i can’t wait for the video about hydrangea pruning !…….Tommy
Marty Weil says
I’d like a chance to win the Private Backyard Growers Business Center membership.
Really hope my comment gets picked!!!!!! Thanks for the chance.
Al Simpkins says
We really need the Backyard Growers Club!
Emory "Keith" Phipps says
Looks like everybody is trying to get in on this free membership. I use to read your articles when I lived in Edenton, NC before the Tornado hit us on April 25, 2014. We had to move to another county to start over. Well, God made sure that I had enough room to have a garden because I now have about 3 acres to play with. I’m trying to start a nursery here selling small plants like you did, but it is kind of hard working from a wheel-chair. You see I am a right-leg, above-the-knee amputee and I have to use crutches or a wheel-chair to get around with. But, that’s okay because Jesus is showing me what He wants me to do. It sure would be nice to win that free membership, but if I don’t I will still read your notes and learn that way. God bless you Mike and your family. Keep doing what God has told you to do. Some day I might be just like you doing this as a business. Have fun and remember that Jesus Christ loves you very, very much and I do too.
Charles Golden says
Winning the free membership would take me a long way towards 1) passing my love for plants on to my children and 2) helping me make a living off of my true love for plants.
i know your giveaway is a completely random draw and i would surely love to be the lucky winner but it would be great if you had a boobie prize for second place . i would also be so greatful to win your starter book cash in your backyard
Carl Price says
Love this site and have purchased Mike’s book. Going to get in on the trial offer when membership opens again. I am teaching my grandsons, Dave age 7, and Jaeden age 5, the importance of growing plants for food. We started this year with a small container garden of vegetables and some flowers. I would love to teach them a business like selling plants they have cut and rooted. I am responsible for them now. I adopted them after my son came home from the Iraq War. He had PTSD and took his own life after being put in jail for sleeping in an abandoned building in Philadelphia. I know a free membership would help them and me learn a skill they could use for the rest of their lives. Thanks Mike for all you do.Who knows maybe someday me and the boys will come say hello to you and the donkeys in Ohio!
Ralph L Mort says
Just started trying to root a few plants. got fired up reading your material.
thanks an have a nice day.
Tina Parsons says
Oh my, what a blessed gift this would be. I am always starting plants and have a 12 x 24 hoop house. Things are always growing on my four little acres. I have never sold any plants, so an income would be awesome.
Judi Bunner says
Mike, I love your information on propagation. My brother and I do bonsai and have trouble finding starter plants and as always you have the answers. Thank you for your quality information and your fudge recipe.. I am currently renovating a house in Ohio that has a nice size back yard for plants.
Bill Johnson says
I have been sticking cuttings in the late fall in PA for two years now. I take ten cuttings from each of the heritage fruit tress on my property, a 150 year old farm. In the following spring my cuttings sprout leaves and they stay green all summer. In the fall I pull them out with the intent to pot them and there are no roots, nothing. What’s happening?
Dave Hine says
I look forward to your “newsletter” every week and can’t believe the amount of info that can be gleaned. Gotta love those donkeys too!!!
John McKee says
A PERMENANT membership would be greatly appreciated.
Jan Booth says
I have enjoyed reading your articles and watching your videos of your vast gardening knowledge. For years I have been afraid to do anything with plants because I was sure I’d kill them our ruin their appearance. When we moved a year ago, I needed to plant the yard. Now I have plants that are looking wonderful. This year I plan to begin trying my hand at propagating. My daughter will be working with me. Since she is unable to keep a job for health reasons, this will give her an opportunity for future income. This membership will be great timing and encouraging. Thank you for the opportunity to learn.
Tom Mulhern says
I very much appreciate all that you share with us Mike and would like to enter your contest as I am nearing retirement and really haven’t saved enough.
I have a ton of echinacea plants and don’t know what to do with them, please help
Natalie Jaramilli says
Our son is very ill, but gardening is something he can still do. We have a garden that is his (with our help) to plan and grow healthy foods. We can tomatoes, pickles, peppers too.
We need more guidance to help him and hope to win a membership to Mikes organization to join the inner circle. Thank you
Marshall Reagan says
I WOULD LIKE TO WIN THIS MEMBERSHIP. IT WOULD HELP ME TO GET A BETTER START GROWING RHODENDRONS & NATIVE HONEY SUCKLE ,RED, ORANGE & BI-COLORED ONES THAT I HAVE ACCESS TO & BE ABLE TO SHARE THEM WITH OTHER PEOPLE. I WOULD BE ABLE TO WORK MORE FROM HOME .
I would love to become a permanent member. You are the best!!
Hi Mike, I’m from Australia currently on a working visa in Canada and would really like to give this a go when I’m back home! I’m a subscriber of yours and have been for years(under a few different email addresses), I’ve been thinking about doing something like this for a long time!
Pick me! Pick me! I have learned a lot from this site and Mike’s YouTube channel and really appreciate his sharing of his wisdom with the world. I have used some of his methods to already get some great starts for my plants so I know it works. Winning this membership would be great.
Tammy Jackson says
Wow! I am so excited to have found your site Mike. I am truly inspired to start doing something I really love and have the chance to make a living with it. Thanks so much for all the wonderful information and the chance to win a free membership to your Backyard Growers Business Center.
Gwen Davidson says
Thank you for taking the time to teach others how to garden.
Leon Davidoff says
I’ve been on your mailing list for years. Keep up the good work, Mike.
Valerie McKay says
It is so nice to finally get to say hello and thank-you Mike for this opportunity and for the hours I’ve enjoyed reading and watching your emails over the years. I have become disabled and cannot work a “regular” job and my elderly but still able parents and I are excited about getting started in this business as a way to help support ourselves and enjoy it at the same time! I love the “family” support system you have created, how it should be done, you are a good man. God Bless you
Erin Murphy says
I have been following you for about 6 years now and I have yet to join up with this incredible opportunity.
Going through some challenging life experiences these past months and I suddenly found myself on my own.
I need to finally pursue this venture with you 100% and surround myself with wonderful plants and people.
I am hopeful and excited for the first time in a long time!
Pete Ashford says
bership. thanka for all the information and help.My entry into the contest for a mem
Pete Ashford says
Here is my reply to enter for a free membership. Great articles I have found and some hat I have paid for. II enjoy reading the articles and utting some of the knowledge in practice. Thanks.
I’m in. Let’s get snippin’!
Don Cole says
Hi Mike! Count me in for The Backyard Grower’s Business Center free membership. I have purchased the University and look forward to learning more!
Plants, plants, plants!
Judith (NC) says
Thank you for your practical advice and cheerful encouragement. A free membership would be invaluable to me because it would free up cash (which I don’t have a lot of) to invest in plants (that I also don’t have a lot of).
Hank Wolgast says
Hello Mike, I just wanted to thank you for the chance to win a a permanent membership to the private Backyard Growers Business Center. I have followed your advice for quite a long time now and you have never steered me wrong. Thank you so much for all your great advice and sharing your plant knowledge with me and many others.
Mike Scharfe says
I want to get involved, I love Japenese Maples and I have almost a hundred of them! I would love to be in the mix of professional growers!
Thomas McGhee says
Looking forward to hearing from you Mike!
James Prescott says
I would love to enter to win a free membership! Thanks!
Otis Coldren says
I have been following Mike and Justin for a couple years now, watched many videos and subscribed. I have stuck plants in the wrong sand for two years of seasons, both soft wood cuttings and also hardwood cuttings. I plant a garden on two properties here in Columbus, Ohio and start any plants from seeds and liners. I utilize the vegetables and flowers with my family and friends. Have always thought about going part time or helping, since cancer and radiology it’s been rough. I am a little better able to get started with selling now but the funds are not where they need to be to get started. I always look forward to Mike’s emails. Thx, Otis
Ralph Johnson says
I’d love to meet the donkeys and of course meet Mike. See you soon in Perry
Sharon Christensen says
Since I discovered your website a couple months ago I can’t stop thinking about growing plants to sell. I love growing plants of all kinds, and knowing now that there is a market out there has me so excited to get propagating! I’ve recently moved back out to the country and have lots of new projects in mind. This would be just what I need.
Thanks so much for the opportunity and the inspiration!
I’m so happy I found you. You have inspired me so much, I would love to win the membership! Thank you for offering your knowledge!
Cheryl Merlino says
Mike,you are my go-to guy for all my landscaping and plant questions!
Bernice Sylvestre says
I’m in! Thanks, Mike
Greg Gee says
I read all of your e-mails and this is a great idea, giving away a free permanent membership. I live in McKean County up here in North Central PA and sometimes we have some strange weather conditions. Last year for instance, we had a freeze of 21 degree both Sat & Sun of Memorial Day weekend, which was cold enough to freeze out the majority of our blueberry blossoms, we sustained a 95% loss of fruit. With approx. 2,500 mature bushes and no crop insurance … boy did that ever hurt. Keep up the great work ! Thanks again !
Hi Mike and crew. We love hearing what you guys are up to and would put a membership to good use.
margaret corbin says
This sounds very interesting to me
Mary Ferrell says
I don’t actually remember how I came across your posts, but boy, have I used your advise many times! Thank you for the hints and tips.
I came across your videos shortly after taking my first cuttings for my backyard nursery and have found hope and a fountain of knowledge in the information and experience you offer. Thank you for sharing and putting this dream within the reach of others.
My name is Joe, I have a vast interest in the propagation of cuttings. I have had a interest in doing this for years just never had the time when my family was young. I had a tree nursery for many years. I dug and sold many different kinds of pine and shade trees. Have done a lot of landscaping. Now that I can obtain the knowledge from a pro I think I am ready for the next step . The Backyard Membership would be a very good step in the direction that I want to be going right now. FORWARD! I look forward to all your e-mails and videos and will continue to grow with each new thing I learn from you. Thank You Mike.
Jim Clayton says
Thanks for the loads of information you continue to give out! I feel like you’ve shown me my life’s purpose.
Pam G. says
I am a 2nd year vegetable gardener wanting to use organic & sustainable methods and craving to learn all that I can.
Watched your site for quite afew years now; learned quite a bit. Would be nice to see the whole show!
Lawrence Denning says
Mike, your tips, hints, and how to do it right videos and posts have been a life saver for me and others like me that are off the grid in areas where fresh produce and easy gardening are a must! My home and yards are now the envy of all who come by, and during each garage/yard sale I spread the word to look up Mile on the internet for all the help you could possibly want!
Thank you sir!
Jane Morgan says
I thank you for all your generous information. Looking forward to more great stuff.
I admire the way you break things down so it’s easy to understand. I think if I lived in Perry, we would be friends. Pick me!
sandy carl says
You a fantastic.I have enjoyed your emails for years ! I wish I still had my house & home (with A Big Beautiful YARD!) I owned for decades!!! ). I ill enjoy your tips and emails. I share them! I hope to have my home back someday or another one where I can use your tips! Keep up the great work Mike!!!
Sandy.(Plant Lover All My Life)Carl
Jana R says
I’ve just started my business of making baby plants to sell next spring. I’m collecting stock plants and getting my sand beds ready for cuttings. I’d love to be a permanent member of the BYG message board!
Timothy L Newcomer says
HI! Mike, I love the idea… I have tried it a few times and had great success I can’t wait to begin….
So much great information. There is always more to learn..,.
Glen Parker says
Thanks for all the advice. Please enter me in the drawing.
Brett Jeross says
I am about to embark on my journey into retirement. I will begin gardening again after a ten year absence in the desert of Nevada. I can’t wait to begin again. I hope to begin propagating plants for personal use and perhaps joining your group to start a small business. Gotta keep busy or rust.
PS How many donkeys can this presidential race handle at one time?
Pumpkin Jack says
I could really use that free Backyard Growers membership!
Kathy Orszulak says
I have been a fan of yours for many, many years. I love every thing you print. I love plants with all my heart. Working with them is my thing I love the most. The only way I could join your group is if I win it. So here is hoping.
Rich Whiteaker says
Mike, you have definitely inspired me. I love reading your posts and I appreciate all the information you give out free of charge. I live in Wyoming so growing plants can be a challenge but I’m giving it a shot. Thanks for all you do.
Cathy Staats says
Mike & Pam, all I can say is wow!
I have become so much more confident and knowledgeable about growing because of you.
I am growing all my personal plants from seed and propogating and ready to do more! Thank you so much! You are my gardening hero!
Linda L Valentine says
I am very interested in Mike’s love of plants and flowers. I live in Massachusetts and have many perenials growing all over the place. In back of the pool area I have two Holly bushes (one male, one female) and a Japanese Maple that looks like a huge bush but doesn’t get any bigger. It has a huge amount of beautiful red leaves and looks like an umbrella. In my small garden I have while Bleeding Hearts on each end and several medium sized Hostas. On one end I have a huge Hosta (don’t know what kind) but it is 3 times bigger than the others. On the right side of the pool I have a large area of Ferns but I don’t know what kind they are. They start out tiny and curled up and end up growing out fully and at least 4/5 feet tall before June and then go away before the end of August.
I’m not sure about selling any of these but I am interested in all the knowledge out there about plants. I also have a Lilac tree and it is blooming right at this time. there are hundreds of little Lilac baby trees all around it. Thanks for listening.
My plans are to retire off this, this is my absolute passion. Thanks for the opportunity Mike.
-Your fellow gardner
Mrs. D. L. Stewart says
This would be amazing as I’m introducing my eight year old granddaughter Juniper to gardening. For the last two years she’s grown a pot of pear tomatoes on my porch.
Jeanne V says
Hi Mike, I think you are very real and honest, and I believe this is worth a shot. I would love to win a free membership, but either way will try this out. Thank you for that.
Mike Palmer says
I love all the videos you make available. I have already built small root cutting box per the instruction in your video. Now I am waiting to see if I am successful. I HATE waiting! I have also learned a great deal about pruning. Thanks for all the info.
ANGELA ESPINET says
Thank you Mike for your endless suggestions in gardening for a profit. Being home bound, this is the perfect way to work at something I love, while turning it into a business that will be easy to manage. I am getting all my supplies ready to start rooting my cuttings, thanks again.
I would love to be the winner of the free membership. I have saved almost every newsletter I have received since joining Mike’s group. Look forward to learning more in the future.
Karen Hamrick says
My name is Karen and I have dreamed of having a propagation garden in my back yard for several years. I am working toward making that happen and enjoy reading Mike’s posts.
Ralph Newton says
This is a great opportunity to be won by someone. I would love to be chosen. Even if I’m not chosen I plan on joining as soon as I can. I’m 67 years young and run a lawn mowing business here in the Louisiana bayou 10 months out of the year. I love growing everything, mostly avocado trees, Asiatic lily’s, and two kinds of shrubs so far.
Carl Bradley says
I’m a closet stick poker for longer than I’ve been on Mikes backyard. I’m a retired victim of 9/11/2001 forced into it even though I would like to still be working and productive. I firmly believe this contest could provide me with an opportunity to fulfill that with a degree of personal satisfaction. If it can happen, I promise there will be even more rooted sticks in my back yard than are there now.
I enjoy applying the techniques that you teach and I’m like a kid at Christmas waiting on the next email to come. Staying inspired!!!
Rosemary Longworth says
I’m 84 and pretty much a “shut in” and probably too old to even deserve a membership, but I still plant little things here and there. Just got some aloe vera plants from NM–when I moved north 2 years ago, I forgot to take my aloe vera plants with me, and they froze in my garage that first winter. So now I am trying to get them back — they are so good for a burn or poison ivy or anything that itches. They are amazing! And I got my son to plant an old fashioned rose bush for me this year. I hope I live to see it bloom. Little things like flowers, a few vegetable plants, still give me a thrill. Good luck to someone who will really utilize the membership. Rosemary (I bought a Rosemary plant but it died shortly after arrival.)
Wayne McKay says
Mike, without a doubt what you are doing is fantastic, and I would pay for a membership gladly, but I am a Canadian and I would have to pay a lot more than the 497.00 for a membership. I couldn’t take advantage of all the great deals your members have because I couldn’t buy anything from the US to ship to Canada … So the long and the short of it is … you keep doing what your doing because you are great at what you do, and I will try to read all of your postings and will have to be happy with that.
All the best to you and ALL of your members
Roger Morehouse says
Whether I win or not,i enjoy your posts and informatio
Susan G says
Mike, I found you because I needed advice about everything – I’m a total novice, if anything I plant grows, it will be in spite of my efforts. I googled everything, and your posts kept coming up, again and again. Then I decided to take a look at your website because in my spare time I do internet marketing for my sister’s business. About marketing, I am experienced. And with each post I read and email I received, your knowledge from doing and gardening common sense hit home. I totally admire what you do and how you’re doing it. Thank you and your family!
Rick Ruppe says
Looking Forward to it…..Thanks!!
Paul Coburn says
Plant propagation is fascinating and relaxing. Thank you Mike and family for all you do.
Luna Smith says
It would be great to win the free membership. I really enjoy your email tips and youtube videos. You are a very inspiring farmer. Thank you!
Gale Norman says
I would love, love ,love a free membership! It would be great to learn more and I would love to grow and sell plants on your board. Thank you for a chance to win a membership.
Hugh Payne says
Wow what I could do with a membership is life changing, I started a hobby greenhouse to replant the City lake where I live, budget constraints and available staff , exempted any possibilities from the city’s help. Yes, insanity maybe but I choose to step up to the plate and volunteer my time and plants as a future project of retirement. Had no idea at the time my hobby would become my retirement job so soon.I medically retired 5/31/16 and as of the finances, bill money, all the other stresses we worry about check to check, I have them but no income. I love being in the garden and landscaping so I don’t worry while I’m planting and to be able to get a hold of wholesale starts and expand my beatifications would just be the icing on the cake !!! I believe strongly in giving back and do any way I can, just in a cash flow tight spot for a minute but labor and time I can do. Hope I could be considered for such a generous gift. Thanks so much for your time.
Ellie Estes says
Never won anything in my life and my bad luck will probably continue, but I just had to take a chance that it might change with a reply to your invitation to try and be the one who wins your generous offer of a free membership to the Backyard Grower’s .
Never won anything in my life and my bad luck will probably continue, but I just had to take a chance that it might change with a reply to your invitation to try and be the one who wins your generous offer of a free membership to the Backyard Grower’s .
Don Herren says
Mike, the emails are valuable and your website is my go to when I have any questions. Throw my name in the hat for the growers membership. Thanks…..
Anthony Rivera says
I’ve been reading mikes emails and articles for snout 2 yrs. very informative and I like the encouragement he gives us newbies to just go out and do it. Also love the donkeys.
Keep up the good work Mike!
Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge and experiences with us.
My husband and I are looking forward in the drawing of this contest.
Onward and upward!
Ed and Debbie
Carolyn BOONE says
I love gardening and look forward to winning the membership so I
can continue my new backyard gardening. I have most of your books
I’ve been wanting to join. Hope to get this opportunity.
Love all your information!
Libby A says
Awesome! I am a newbie and ready to learn!
Doris Fontenot says
I am so excited at starting .. I have a lot to learn.Thank you for your help. I am in Louisiana and we like you here Mike
Joanne Vogler says
I would love to win the backyard growers membership!
Carol Jones says
I have been looking at all your posts for the last 3 years. Got your books, but your membership has been out of my reach. Would really like to have the free membership.
Laura Deppmeier says
I’ve been getting your emails for at least 6 years. I love the helpful hints on plants.Luke clamatis and hydrangea because some you cut back a lot some a little. Thank you for having your site and your emails they are very helpful.
Dawn Fortier says
I stumbled upon one of your videos two weeks ago while googling something and I am now hooked. I love reading all your articles. You are an encyclopedia of knowledge on plants.
I even obtained the Mother Earth article on you.
I think it is so wonderful of you to share your knowledge.
I’m waiting to view your video on pruning the ‘complicated hydrangea’.
I haven’t found any articles on Wisteria yet. Mine have never bloomed. Last week, I bought a Wisteria ‘Blue Moon’ and it already is full of buds, so I’m excited to see it bloom. Before planting it, though, I’m trying to decide whether to leave it as a vine or make it a tree form.
patricia scott says
hi ike ive been reading your newsletter and i love everything you do with plants i love plants too! soo dont you ever quite. keep up the good work your helping so many of us, thank you patriciascott from Lafayette Ga.
Yours is the first and only article I have ever read about a wheelbarrow. I couldn’t get along without mine. Having that wheeled burden-bearer around saves me lots of agonizing labor.
Would love to join your team.
Bruce Buckley says
I love your videos, they are so informative. Looking forward to being able to join or possibly winning a membership. Keep up the great videos.
Jeff foster says
This is a membership worth paying for even better if your able to get it for free thanks for the opertunity
Cindy Camacho says
I have been following your website and emails for 4 years now. Finally moved into a house we rent with a big yard. I can think about growing plants now, just need a membership to teach me how.
John Mantle says
I want a chance to win a membership.
christy gerhardt says
as i scroll through my emails each day…roughly 50 or so…i always look out for yours and open them first. you give us the best advice…thanks for the time you spend writing your presentations. i’ve ordered several of your pamphlets and e-books. would be so great to progress to the next “step”.
Good luck to all! I’m about a year away from starting my nursery. Building up my plant supply and knowledge now! Thanks for all the good info Mike.
Donna Doll-Yogerst says
I recently retired after 35 years as an Extension Service educator in the Department of Family Development.
I have always had a passion for plants, in fact wondering if I choose the wrong career path.
Retirement is the best job I have ever had and want to turn my passion into income.
Thank you for offering the free membership opportunity.
I love Mike’s articles. Good luck to all. What a great prize to win
Thanks for the opportunity, Mike. Wish me luck!
I’d love to be a member but it’s a bit more than I can budget right now.
Lois Bailey says
I’m a 71 year old lady and I live alone. I love my flowers and flowering trees. The only ones I don’t have that I want is a dogwood and a red bud. I already have 4 lilacs along with some others. I love the way my yard looks and smells when everything is blooming.
I’d sure love to win that free membership because, living on a fixed income, and a small one at that, I don’t really have the money to purchase a membership. Hope I win.
Linda Houston says
My husband and I are both retired and would greatly appreciate getting the membership. Would love to get started with the seeds. We live in the country surrounded by nature. We are in zone 7A
Robin Earnest says
What type of seeds are you looking for? I also live in zone 7.
Jacmel Rodriguez says
Please Mike..pick me!!!! 😀
Thank you for sharing all the information you provide. I am new to this area. My background is diagnostic imaging working in hospitals. My wife and I have three boys and we continue to seek opportunites we can work on together as a family creating additional streams of income. Plant propagation along with your website and information is creating a way for us to do just this. We look forward to learning more about plant propagation and will be signing up for in the members area June 1st. thank you again
Iain Sime says
Hi my names Iain Sime I’m from the UK I found you on YouTube and love the work that you do. I wish to start up a business selling a wide range of plant from home and would love the chance to be entered into this prize draw. Keep up the good work. God bless ya.
C C says
Hi Mike; Couldn’t help myself! Your messages are always captivating, your posts always informational. Have I learned anything new from you? Oh yes. Am sure there is way more to learn in the business center. so thank you for this opportunity to win big! I’m in.
Happy gardening to you and yours.
Thanks for all the helpful information and taking the time to share it!
AARON D. says
Still enjoying all the great tips you reveal to us. I have learned so much and I’m sure looking forward to learning even much, much more. I will be relieved and blessed to be a complete member one day. Can’t wait to get started gathering cuttings. Keep up the great work Mike!
Laurie Johns says
I read your emails with my home care patient – I have been looking for a fun part time job I can do from home to spend more time with my family. I know very little about plants so this would be a total new experience. I decided to go ahead and post to enter your contest and see what happens. If meant to be it will be.
Diana Ringenbach says
Years ago I visited your plant sale and my sister laughed at me and asked me why I bought that “stick”. Well, the following year, she was amazed at what it looked like – just beautiful !!! I showed her. I have since moved to North Carolina and still love your advice about plants and gardening. I wish I had your talent (and the time) to be able to do what you do. I would LOVE to win a free membership !!!!! Diana
Marilynn Wright says
I used to get your newsletter. Loved it. Don’t know if I unsubscribed by mistake or what. Would just love a membership.
Sarah Geiger says
I’m a professional horticulture person, and I’ve relied your advice a few years now. You always post good information and it’s enjoyable to read, so thank you! You know what you’re talking about and I think it’s great what you’ve created here and allowed other people to do by your example and guidance.
I’ve always worked for employers doing various plant-related stuff, but ever since I found your site I can’t shake the idea of working for myself. I just love to grow plants, always have. It’s really that simple, so I know I’d love to make this dream a reality.
I feel like it’s time for a change, hopefully sooner than later. But whenever I take the plunge, I know I won’t have to do it alone and learn everything the hard way. Yes, I know a lot about plants, but not a lot about running a production nursery in my backyard, or about turning that into a profit. It’s great to know that you and the other growers in the Business Center are there to help me do it right, and to start me down the path to real success.
Josh Maynard says
I don’t think you mentioned when the random drawing will take place. Will it be Jine 1st when the memberships are opened?
The winner will be chosen before we open it up.
thanks mike for all of your advice enjoy your postings.
Roberta DeFord says
I love your book and your website, Mike. And I love growing plants.
Jacqueline Breault says
I have been with you since your first book. I started making payments for your business center but I had to cancel because I couldn’t afford it while I was in school. I will have my horticulture and landscape design associates degree after next semester. Even after school my one passion is growing baby plants from cuttings. It is the best feeling growing plants for free! Thanks Mike
Hello all! I am transitioning from owning a home daycare to opening a backyard nursery. A lifetime membership would mean so much to me. Thank you!
Matthew Hannnold says
I think it would be great to be part of the back yard community. When I retire in a few years I would like to have a small business growing plants from home and the back yard community would be of great benefit. I would also like to meet Mike in person. You. Mike , have been such a great inspiration to me.
Bernice Hillman says
Mike: I have been reading your posts & emails for the past 10 years. Sometimes I doubt you about how much money can be made with this system. But I’m still growing plants & making cuttings on my own. I wish I could afford to invest in your system. I love growing plants but haven’t sold any yet. Maybe just too scared to do so. Like, what if they die for the customer. I need more assurance from you that I can do it. If I were to win your system, I don’t know what I’d do. But thanks for being a friend to all us people.
Colleen Belsey says
Greetings from Alberta, Canada! I believe I can benefit even more from a Membership; already benefiting so much from your articles and videos. Please let me know if your Document from the Coffee Shop when you started is still available; sadly, I lost it when my computer crashed. It is very important to me. And Thank-you, thank-you for all you do! I, too, am just in the planning stages to getting started!
Wendy Farrington says
I already have a small business with my father selling native plants but would like to “branch” out into other areas including shrubs and trees. : )
Thank you for all the free tips and info that you give every week of the year. Even if I don’t receive the free membership, I still feel like a winner because I am always learning something just by getting access to what you know. Thanks again. God Bless You.
Daniel Nordstrom says
Have already sourced my coarse sand (Free for the loading) and found a source for very cheap Fir Bark compost, mill direct, Might be a little late in the NorCal area to take cuttings, but have collected some anyway, (also free) and am going to practice strip, dip and stick. Have been reading and watching everything I can find on your business model/system, and suddenly it occured to me that a couple we attend church with started a home nursery a year or 2 ago. What they are doing sounded strangely like your system, I asked her about it this evening and sure enough, they are members and business is thriving. I am super excited to get started. Also am exploring propagation and providing native species for re-vegetation/restoration projects in our area.
Daniel Nordstrom says
Have already sourced my coarse sand (Free for the loading) and found a source for very cheap Fir Bark compost, mill direct, Might be a little late in the NorCal area to take cuttings, but have collected some anyway, (also free) and am going to practice strip, dip and stick. Have been reading and watching everything I can find on your business model/system, and suddenly it occured to me that a couple we attend church with started a home nursery a year or 2 ago. What they are doing sounded strangely like your system, I asked her about it this evening and sure enough, they are members and business is thriving.
Keri Vaught says
My the odds be ever in MY favor. ? thanks for giving a membership away! I love what I’m learning from you already.
Paul Contri says
I need a hobby in retiement so me and my wife won’t kill each other. Help!!!
Linda Williams says
My husband will be retiring this year from the Air Force and winning a membership will help supplement his retirement! I have been following you for a few years now. I had purchased your book small plants big profits way back when. I will have to dust it off and make a renewed effort to grow plants for profit. My Northwest Florida vegetable garden is up and running so I have no excuses not to get ornamental plants growing too! Thank you Mike for all your info and for this community you have created for sharing information, what a great group of folks.
Jessica Michener says
Win a free membership or pay full price. Either way, come June 1st I will be a proud member of the backyard growers business center!
Teresa Solis says
Love your site. I haven’t been very success full growing plants. I would love to win your lifetime membership.
No Green Thumb,
Robert Sedlak says
Love the website, great info,
James Saffle says
A while ago, I started gardening by planting a few raspberry clippings in my backyard. Then, I included a vegetable garden just a few years ago. Last year, I collected seeds from my Japanese maple and hope to grow them soon, too!
Jennifer Hodges says
Had to choose my emotional well-being over my job recently and picked up gardening as therapy while trying to decide the next avenue to take in my life. I am no stranger to hard work and recently rekindled my love for working outdoors. I have read many of Mike’s postings and am 100% ready to start a new venture in selling plants. This would be a great gift!
Michael Burns says
Thanks Mike for all you are doing to help us out!
Charles Green says
I have been reading your newsletter and passing along pertinent information to all my friends.
Since I am only months away from 80, I am reluctant to spend any of my wife’s savings on my hobby which I may or may not be around to really recoup the investment. I would surely like to be the winner of a free entrance to your trading site.
I have sold a few plants on ebay (which involves more postage than profit) and a few at yard sales so I know the basics thanks to Mike.
I live on a postage stamp with very little room for Yardening.. Reading the adventures of Mike in the garden has reignited my zest and caused me to look at my small square of dirt in new and different ways. I see fences as trellis and have built Yarden boxes where I place cuttings and grow gardening plants. I’ve had Yard sales where people were much more interested in my plants and cuttings than the “rummage” items. I have turned My landscape into Roses, Blueberries ,currents, Rhubarb, hops, graps, and more. The “useless” median between the sidewalk and street is now raised bed gardens. What’s even better is when I prune my plants most everything is used for propagating instead of heading to the trash heep.. This year Virginia asked me to grow fewer T0matos, Not a chance! I’m not slowing down now.. Thanks for the kick start to my backside.
Lou Lentine says
I meet Mike at one of his sales about 3 years ago and was very impressed, I then join the email list and learning everyday, but most of all I’m “staying inspired”. Thanks Mike for all you do!
Terry Kaye says
I’ve been wanting to join for several years and will trial this June if not picked for the prize.
I have been following you for a few months now. This will be my third year rooting cuttings and I am finally acquiring a decent inventory of potted plants and looking forward to my first plant sale this fall. It has been a very enjoyable experience and bonding opportunity for my sons. My 5 year old has nicknamed himself the ‘Dirt Machine’. He’s my master pot filler. Anyway, thanks for all of the advice that you offer and keeping us inspired!
Karen Layus says
I am Karen Layus from New Orleans but now living in the beautiful foothills of the Smoky Mountains. I have been watching Mike’s videos and reading everything I can for several months now. I would love to have a free membership. I am recently retired and am looking for something to do with my love of gardening and fill my free time. A new money making venture in these times of uncertain Social Security would be just the right thing.
Thanks for all you do, Mike
VIVIAN KISH says
Just discovered your website a few days ago, I’ve been enjoying your tips and advice! We hope to win and become a member 🙂
Catherine Labarre says
Kindly enter my name to win a free membership!
I’m leaning so much from your website!
My sincerest thanks,
Al and Gary Simpkins says
Have followed your program for years and archived all your blogs and other information to start our own backyard nursery.
I am 90 and am setting up this home business for my son.
Your information continues to be a source and guide for what we know will be a great business.
Thank you Mike.
Samantha Combs says
Love reading all the posts and emails I receive from Mike. Considering that my dining room table is still full of seedlings I started in March I think I’d be a great fit in the members section and would consider it an honor. Since I rarely win any drawings I would take it as a sign that gardening is my path in life. My husband calls me a green thumb but I still have much to learn. Thank you Mike for this opportunity.
Mike Roosa says
Just getting interested in this. I have a small vegetable garden in my yard but interested in learning more about propogating plants.
David Lmyers says
Please add me into your the drawing for the free membership. I have learned so much and want. To have my grandchildren a place to work for themselves. Thanks, David
Donavan Hite says
I would love to win this opportunity to join. This would be a fun and profitable activity for the family to do together.
Susan N. says
Thank you for all the free information you share. I would love to win the free membership.
Carrie Peterson says
Thank you for sharing your expertise on the Internet. I would love to win your contest.
Jennifer Reed says
I’ve been on your mailing list for 10+ years now and you have never failed to deliver.
I’m a 65 yr young woman looking for her next adventure. Please enter me into the Lifetime Membership sweepstakes.
Thank you for your generosity.
Roy Houseman says
I worked 48 years just so I could find a job I love to do. Grow plants and garden. Unfortunately my late wife could not be here to see it. I have an acre that was bare a year ago and now it has a 30×35 garden growing more veg’s than I can put up,too much lawn to mow, and approximately another 300 various plants scattered about. Hey Mike, let me in! LOL.
Helene Wonoski says
I am 70. I would like to win a free membership, Growing would keep ME going!!!
Chantel Hughes says
I am a stay at home mom of four children and am in my first year of starting my own backyard nursery!!!!! So excited! I am so thankful for the experience Mr. Mike shares so freely. I hope that I am so giving when I have that amount of knowlege! I am praying for a wink from the Father with a free membership! Thank you so much !!!!! -Chantel
Vicki Baumer says
I’d love to win a free membership to the Backyard growers business center. I have been thinking about ways to make some extra income and I do love plants! They are so much easier to manage than people! 🙂
shaun forster says
Loving your work Mike. You’re an inspiration to many, and your enthusiasm is infectious 🙂
Engamvile joel says
surely the passion i have for agriculture is more than that i have for being a successful man in this world.i love smart or home gardening gardening
Engamvile joel says
Morning Mr. Mike, i am so proud to have found your website contact so healing to my smart gardening problems, i have loved the way you do your work tactfully and skillfully and also ways you reach to the entire world,so impressive, i am offering botanical forestry in the college of agricultural and environmental science (makerere university) uganda. i do smart farming all over the compound at home ( carrots,tomatoes, egg plants and spinach but still thirsty of more knowledge about backyard farming of which you are the right person to uplift my dreams if i became one of your member.
i will be so much grateful towards your positive response. hai to the miniature donkeys.
Natalie Martin says
Thanks for all the helpful info, you have been truly inspirational!
Kathy Auten says
Would LOVE to win HAPPY MAY!!!
Jerry Ahnert says
Thank you for offering a free membership to the Backyard Growers club. I haven’t been able to afford it on my retirement income, but just maybe I’ll be lucky! Jerry
Donald R. Dugan, Sr. says
I love your web site and also everything about your growing system. I would be thrilled to win your contest for the Back Yard Growers site. I have been working on my rooting technique and truly believe I have Mastered the art of rooting cuttings. I started out just doing Privet, but have blossomed into Azalea, Rose, Geranium, Crape Myrtle, and White Bleeding Heart. I had also tried seed cultivation, but never had any luck with it. Last fall, I bought 2 8′ x 20″ Heat Mats and in February, began sowing seeds. I ended up with 12 varieties of Tomato and 10 varieties of Peppers (3 were Datil, Bhut Jaloki, and Carolina Reaper. Since I had never had any luck, my timing was way off. The Peppers took about 6 weeks to germinate, but they were started after the Tomato plants. By the time all the seedlings were ready to set outside, it was the end of March. April was a washout, due to my wifes Doctor Appointments and other pre planned events, It was Mid May when they were ready to sell. I have close to 1,000 Tomato/Pepper plants that may not be able to be sold. Here in Florida, anything from June to 1st of September will be scorched by the high temps. I was forced to retire after 34 years working for the Department of Defense, here in Jacksonville, FL, due to Migraines and other issues (Persian Gulf Syndrome from Civilian Service in Desert Shield/Storm), so been concentrating on my Nursery Business. Thank you for all your help in the past and look forward to your columns in the future. V/R…
Lorrie Creech says
Love reading your articles . I have learned a lot . Thank- you for all the information and all you do. I’d love to win a membership!
Cynthia DuBose says
Still love your info in your emails. Please don’t stop. Love seeing Pam and the donkeys. Showed my 5 donkeys the pictures of your donkeys. Cynthia
Kevin F says
I’m gettin’ old, I’m disabled, I need an enjoyable and easy-going way to boost our meager income, I think I can fabricate some cool waist-level starting beds, dirt, compost and worms make me un-grumpy, and and I WANNA GROW PLANTS!!! <3 <3 <3
Richard Dragon says
This all sound very good to me as I am retired now and have more time to devote to all of this .
Betty Sharpe says
I need help with backyard and front flower bed. Trees too. I love flowers and I feed birds in my backyard. I need so much help. I just had surgery 6 weeks ago. Spinal fusion I am 70 this year. Next year I will be well enough to get in tg e yard and do some work. Thanks for letting me enter.
Terri Huffman says
Thanks for this opportunity ~ I have recently started a ‘holding bed’ for my hostas and asiatic lilies, along w/a few daylilies. We are in the process of a total ‘re-do’ for our landscaping and decided this would be the perfect time to implement your program!
Pick me! Pick me!
Keith and Mary Raynor says
Oh my gosh I am so excited!!! My husband and I have been following you for years and we are finally doing this with some success!! we just bought the misting system, went to lowes got our pvc ,etc… box is ready to go and boy would this truly help us so much!!! My husbands disabled and this is something he loves to do!! I work at night and sleep part of the day and this along with our chickens and ducks, keep him busy. Everyday something new has taken off and he gets such a kick out of it, lol !! Anyway thanks for always being there and heres to a great year for everyone!! P.S., I heard my hens cackling about Finnigan and Fergus, running for President, they were so excited!! President and vice President 2016 !!! Have a great day Mike and thanks for always having a great sense of humor, love it !!!!!
Arthur Longwell says
I would be interested in winning the membership, due to the fact that I lost my job 3 days before Christmas 2015, due to a truck accident. Since the accident, I have been working on expanding some of the perennials that I already have,( from my butterfly gardening) and been trying to get new ones to work with. I brought in about$ 675.00 on my first sale during a town wide yard sale, and am trying to find other places where I can sell. It sounds like the membership would be valuable in my attempt to expand, in both knowledge, and supplies.
Josie Hata says
I would be highly greatful and appreciatiate very much if you pick me for the free membership lottery.It would be great learning experience since I leave in Las Vegas and gardening in the desert is a challenge.
Velta Kopacek says
Such a joy and fun to keep up with your family, two and four legged but especially sending gratitude for sharing your knowledge in helping us fledglings venture into a phase of gardening that I never thought I could undertake. You’ve demystified so much information regarding plants and plantings. Thank you so much and please continue in sharing your wisdom with us newbies and others.
Please, please!! I would love to learn.
dawn woodward says
Thanks Mike, for sharing your knowledge and enthusiasm for BYG. I hope I win the free membership! How’s that for honesty???!!!
Virginia Welker says
This would be a great gift for my sister and I. We are just starting out and really enjoy all the info.
Louise Dewey says
Hi Mike, I have been on your e-mail list for maybe 3 years and have kept up with you and what you are doing. I LOVE IT! Now, finally, I am ready to start my own Backyard plant business! I have been rooting a few little plants I already have to get the experience. By June I will be ready to join your Membership program! Thank you for doing this.
Since I live in Southeast Texas, 50 miles north of Houston, I have a lo-o-o-ng growing season. My challenge is the extreme heat of summer, but thankfully I have lots of trees to keep my plants partly shaded from the hot sun.
I am really looking forward to becoming a part of your ‘family’ of plant growers. Hope to get to Perry one of these days to meet you in person.
Louise – The Baby Boomer Babe
Connie Peake says
Some people go shopping at the local mall, not me, I come alive when I stick my hands in the dirt. Growing things makes me so very happy and brings such peace to me. I grow things now, but I could do so much more with the backyard growers help…..meanwhile I ‘ll keep on growing!!!
Sarah Wong says
I LOVED my trial membership but don’t have money to buy a permanent one. I’m not lucky when it comes to raffles, but here’s hoping…
Gary Goodson says
Nancy Benson says
Mike, I have been following your posts for several years now but had other priorities. Now I am excited about the possibilities and have been experimenting with blueberry cuttings from our 1 acre you pick blueberry patch! I look forward to joining the backyard nursery family very soon!
Michael Fowler says
I have been trying to enter your free membership contest, SO how do I enter.
Amanda edgeworth says
I hope I win!! 🙂
looking forward to trying out the growers centre.
Jerry Siegmund says
I started out by using your advice / ideas for ‘just my own garden’..then started to give the extra’s to family / friends. I keep telling the Wife..’I Need More Space’ to start ‘more so I can can Retire and Sell Them’ ! Always look to your website / videos for advice !
Nancy Fleck says
My name is Nancy and I live in Illinois, zone 5a. I started reading Mikes articles and watching his videos on YouTube and was very impressed about how Mike started with little and made a business that anyone would be proud of. I would be very grateful to win this membership to the Private Backyard Growers Business Center. I took the opportunity of joining the temporary 30 day membership and that is how I know that the permanent membership would help me to become successful in my own backyard nursery. Thank you Mike for offering this generous contest.
carole hendricks says
Every time I read your column I wonder why I haven’t started a business like you have. Of course I am 69 so I guess it is too late. I sure would like that free membership though. Keep growing those beautiful plants.
arnold jones says
its never to late to start a business. just need to take a leap of faith and go for it. I wish you the best of luck and hope you decide to take the leap and begin. Even if it is small to begin with.
Never to late!!
Barbara Beville says
It’s never to late,, follow your dreams and start your garden of flowers or whatever you want to grow..
Deborah McBride says
Hey, you are never too old. I have learned so much from Mike. I am 63, almost 64, and am amazed at how little I know. I learn new things ever day. I believe that as long as we keep learning we never get old. We may slow down a little, but that from the weight of the knowledge we gain as we live. Mike has so much to teach and I really want to thank him because my younger relatives think I’m really smart. I’m honest and tell them that it’s info that I learn from Mike. I admit I would love the membership, but I am thankful that Mike is willing to teach us.
Cliff Hale says
I appreciate all of the helpful “How To’s” you post! Thank you for helping so many of us.
jim kincaid says
Thx.for this great opportunity.I hope whoever wins this it helps them (me) continue their (my) journey get even better.
cc lee says
I am new to this area, have 6 wooded acres and 1 acre to work with. The prev owner planted a WHOLE FIELD of pampass grass. Could just leave ti the way it is….. but what’s the fun in that.????
I would love to win the membership since buying this place has left my broke.
Need some help Mike!
Chuck M says
That’s a contest worth posting a comment for! There are flowering trees/shrubs all over near me that I’m going to start grabbing cuttings from now that it’s stopped raining for more than 10 minutes at a time!
Looking forward to joining!
Chris Kelly says
What a great idea, to give a free membership away! Giving goodwill is the best way to draw good customers. Attaboy, Mike.
Nate Dennis says
I still have the letters you used to send out before you did it this way. I have been adrift for a little over 6 years now since my wife passed away and I need to grow some new roots of my own and enjoy growing plants. One way or the other I have always enjoyed the letters and the emails. Thank You.
Hi Mike! I have learned so much from you and I always look forward to everything you post. You have a great fan here in Tennessee!
Hi, Kathy! I’m in TN too (near Knoxville)!!
Kari Johnson says
I have just found your site and am excited to learn more. I really enjoy planting gardens and flowers, but put it.off for the last 10+ years because my job had me traveling and putting in long hours. Things are changing with my Jon as my company has been bought out and after 22 years they do not appear to need me so I am looking for my next job and I want to do something I really enjoy. I have alot to learn and am looking forward to the challenge.
Sal Zulla says
Mike, I am a 66 year old guy who can relate to most all of your personal stories. I enjoy reading your e-mails and watching your home videos. I hope to be a “Backyard Grower”.
Thanks for all your help.
Catese Chaffee says
I am a retired single lady and I’m looking for my next adventure – I would love for that to be backyard gardening.
The crazy ole Alabama garden lady!
karen polenz says
I would love to be able to win the grand prize of the Membership, I would like to tell you some hard luck story to make me sound the most in need but in truth I do don’t have such a story.
I work at a animal sanctuary I also have 2 rescue donkeys both being just about a year old now. Way to young to vote for yours to become President of the United States this time around.
I would like to become a member of your back yard growers for 2 reasons
1 – To be able to earn a income for myself.
2 -To have enough money left over to pay towards the on going vet bills at work also to be able to work there as a volunteer.
As I said not a hard luck story just a honest one,
Gary Williams says
I want a chance to win the Private Backyard Growers Business Center membership.
Marie Murphy says
I would love the chance to be a member and learn from others who share this common passion!!!
Rebecca Baskin says
I just discovered your YouTube videos last week. A wealth of information. Thanks for the opportunity to win a membership, Mike.
Thanks for all you do! I’m just getting started & really loving it.
Joe Thompson says
Growing baby plants with my grandson..
Jim reed says
You deserve all the good things coming to you because of all the good things you have helped others achieve. Keep it up.
Ann Bailey says
I would give anything to have a free membership. I am retired and would love to earn money growing and selling plants in my back yard!
Nigel Hughes says
I’d love to be the “Aussie” Mike downunder. Getting access would be the second step in learning more from the ‘guru’ of plants. I’ve already purchased your book and DVD, and oh myyyyy I am so inspired and can’t wait to get grafting, propagating and SELLING more plants just like Mike does. Gardening is contagious, and I absolutely love every minute of it. Cheers. Nigel.
So happy you reopened the business center. Hoping to win the free membership as this would be truly life changing for me…
Bob Bezanson says
I’ve been following your emails for a loonng time and one of these days I’ll retire and get serious about gardening. Maybe winning a free membership will take me there quicker. Here’s hoping!
Kristina Bing says
This would be awesome, I plan to do this to pay off the billion dollars in student loans I owe!
Crossing my fingers on this one.
Hi, Mike: Thank you for the great information that you have spent hours in preparing to give to the public! Your books, websites, and emails have been tremendous in giving me a great start in plant selling. I love working outside and hope to use this new adventure in bringing in extra income to help with finances…. So here’s to praying for free membership to your Backyard Growers Club…!!! 🙂 God Bless!!
ALLEN SMITH says
I would like to win a free membership, as I cannot afford one, since I am on Social Security.
I love reading your emails and learning about propagation. I could really benefit from a free membership!!!!
Stephen Bennett says
I really want too say,i enjoy reading the email,s you send me,my plants have already starting to take root&turning green&growing.Ihave worked in the nursery fields for about 21yrs,i was also a chemical sprayer to.Again thanks for al the emails.God Bess.Stephen
Ricky Russ says
I would love to win a membership. I currently have hurt my back and am having to change careers, being 52 this is going to be a challenge…I have always dabbled with plants and I think this could be my saving grace to start a backyard nursery. I need all the help I can receive. Your webpages are a definite wealth of information. I believe the membership would be stepping it up a notch or two or three or beyond… Thank You
Sharon rowland says
Hope I win
Rachel R. says
Hi Mike, I’m enjoying learning from you! Excited to check out the member’s only area!
Amy Dodge says
My name is Amy. I recently lost my job of 8 years, so instead of going crazy waiting for employers to call me back, I started growing small plants from seeds. I live in Zone 10b where it is hot and humid right now. I am growing Mexican Sunflowers, Tithonia Torch variety and morning glories, purchased at the local dollar store. I have around 87 plants in just a few weeks.
Finding you and your program has really inspired me during this tough time. Just wanted to say thank you. Not sure what I would have done with all my unexpected free time if it wasn’t for your inspiration to start planting.
William Payne says
I have been watching your videos, reading posts, emails, and applying what I have learned over the last year. I have only done this for personal use to expand my small wild raspberry patch. I am saving up the money to join, but have had several set backs with vehicle problems. Any way, I am looking forward to this season and good luck to all the growers and wish you a prosperous year.
Ashley Roland says
I saved the bouquet from a wedding and am propagating it to give the couple bushes from their wedding bouquet one day!! I was inspired to do so from your website! I think it will be a fantastic housewarming gift and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the inspiration to do it!
Clarissa Nell says
What a lovely idea!!
Thank you! I hope it works!
I had never thought of doing that but will now be starting plants from all sorts of events! So sweet of you to do!
I would like to enter the free membership drawing. Thanks for all you do Mike!
Count me in for the free membership drawing!
Joe Tropea says
Please put me in for the free membership. I look at the website often, & use the ideas and tips.
Judi Klug says
Thank you SOOOO much for the 7 days free offer. Without meeting some wonderful folks and buying some wonderful baby plants I couldn’t have started my backyard nursery and I’m very grateful. Sure hope I win the membership! I’ll use it well.
Judi in Indianapolis
Jill Jones says
Hi! I had an opportunity to trial the Member’s area and I was impressed. It’s everything and more from what Mike has shared. I look forward to building a backyard garden business with the help of Mike’s Backyard Nursery guidance & the wealth of information from the Member’s Area Business page. Thank you for the chance to win a permanent membership!
Richard von Burg says
Thanks for the constant inspiration. I love growing plants.
Please enter me in the contest.
Hannah Berry says
I like your site but really haven’t been able to get down and dirty. Your minature donkeys are so cute and your comment made me laugh.
Chris Lewis says
I would love to be able to buy / sell rooted cuttings to other members here in Canada as well as around the word. I have saved up some money this past winter to purchase some stock nursery plants and trees to start my own backyard nursery. I have also done some re landscaping with the new plants and tree and my neighbor and us are in kinda a competition to out do each other in our landscapes. He has also asked for help at times and I free give the advice to him that I have learned from http://www.freeplants.com to help him with his endeavors.
Lee Maxwell says
Looking forward to winning Membership
Angela Mitchell says
Entering for chance to win free membership ?
Golden Tradewell says
I am very interested in getting to the next stage of having my backyard nursery. I would love to have a free Backyard Grower’s Membership. I have already bought your ebook and it is great! Now for the next step!
Jessica Gannon says
I would love to enter to win a free membership! Thanks!
Thanks for all the advice
Jesse Reichel says
I purchased the Backyard Cash Machine $7 well spent and it definitely put me on the right track for success, built my propagation box, and hauled in 3 yds of material so I have all I need to get started, stuck some cuttings yesterday, and will be waiting patiently to start taking some cuttings next month, thank you Mike for your insight, and direction I’m excited to start this new journey!!
Tina Stewart says
So happy for you and your family to be able to turn your love of plants into a thriving business. And so happy for me that you are sharing… Lol.
Patricia Maddocks says
Your articles routinely contain a wealth of interesting information.
Sharon Bach says
I am fascinated with your recent message about the deciduous azalea. I live in western NC and I have some of these native azaleas on my property. I never thought about harvesting the seeds but this year I will! As you mentioned, these are nearly impossible to propagate from cuttings! I have tried many times but no luck! I have thought of trying to root by air layering but this year I will harvest the seeds. My beauty in the front is decades old and produces flame red-orange blooms and they are fragrant! The local folks call these “honeysuckle bushes.” They are truly spectacular! After all the other azaleas are done, they put on quite a show. They bloom about the same time as some of the rhododendrons. I first encountered a deciduous azalea in 1996. My daughter’s prom date brought her a flower that was fragrant, delicate and the color was a pinkish peach. I asked him about it and asked him if I could get a cutting. He said he had been unable even to “bring it down the mountain” let alone share with anyone! I was impressed with its rarity but at the time, I didn’t know what it was. It wasn’t until we bought our house, moved in and the azalea in front bloomed for us for the first time, that I noticed the similarity. Eventually I learned more about these native “flame azaleas” (the other name that local folks use to describe them). Hope you find this interesting and thanks for your recent information about these lovely plants!