Category Archive : Initiatives

We have just posted the next article about plastics on our website. Please follow this link. This delves into how to slowly become less dependent on plastic and how to eliminate it from your everyday lifestyle.

Assortment of plastic bottles

So far it has been quite painless for us though we have a long way to go in both our personal lifestyles and that of our business to be near zero plastic free. It is achievable one small plastic free footstep at a time.

I wanted to share everything we researched on plastic pollution. In order for us to launch our near zero plastic initiative for Bee Sweet Nature we had to do our homework. Part 1 describes the magnitude of the issue and upcoming Part 2 will lead to ways to decrease our plastic dependency. Follow the link to the article.

Our greatest pride, for our nursery, is being totally organic. No use of pesticides. Sometimes this is not the easiest course of action but it certainly feels like the most correct one.

I just need to look at all our honeybees and native bees for encouragement. It is not about what our competing nurseries and garden centers are doing. It is about creating a product that you can truly be proud of and knowing your footsteps are a little lighter on Mother Earth.

We are all in this together. Please be organic and no spraying.

Our last posting talked about not using synthetic fertilizer. Actually, we allow the plants to fertilize themselves through fungal soil inoculation. Making no sense? The fungi live symbiotically with the plant roots and access Nitrogen from the surrounding soil in exchange for some plant carbs. This process creates plants more resilient to climate change through the use of mycorrhizal communities underground.

You see – Nature always knows best!

There are several reasons we do not use fertilizer, at all, on the farm or for the nursery. Fertilizer causes fast growth which leads to incorporation of air into the woody structure. This leads to weaker woods which will not be able to withstand climate change freak weather events.

HERITAGE WHITE OAK AT 300 YEARS OLD
HERITAGE WHITE OAK AT 300 YEARS OLD

Beyond plastic pollution in our oceans there is international scientific evidence spotlighting the degradation of our oceans concerning lower concentration levels of oxygen. Climate change and increasing temperatures is one culprit.

The second culprit is fertilizer runoff. Don’t ever think that what we do in Ontario does not affect our oceans. Everything drains into the Great Lakes that leads to our oceans.

THINK GLOBAL!

Recycled Plant Pots
Recycled Plant Pots

Many of our customers ask us about the funky pots at our nursery. To some people they look unprofessional and helter skelter but to us they are our badge of honor. We ask clients to bring back all pots and containers so that they can be reused, again and again, until they fall apart. Only at this time do we take them away to be recycled. Just one way our nursery walks a little softer on the Earth and implements low impact practices.

Used Plant Pots Sitting on ground