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Amid all this social anxiety, it’s nice and necessary to focus on positive events. For gardeners, spring signals a new, exciting season of planting vegetables and gardens.

We are tentatively throwing open the Bee Sweet Nature doors on April 13. We are slowly getting the nursery ready for visitors. Being a farm, we can still implement social distancing 1 client at a time. Wow – when was the last time you got one on one attentive sales help?

Of course, we will be monitoring the Corona virus situation, carefully, and will keep you posted of any changes of plan.

Happy Spring and stay safe.

With milder temperatures, the trees are starting to show signs of breaking dormancy. Now the daunting task of unloading the greenhouse and organizing the tree yard.

Dormant trees

We will be conducting our winter damage assessments over the next weeks and then start contacting our customers on our Wishlist 2020.

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.

The Ancient Black Tupelos

Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees. Such was the case of the ancient Black Tupelos aged 400 – 500 years old. We purposely waited till the Fall so that we could see their brightly colored leaves on the forest floor. A great harvest day. Very excited about this years germination. To see the full story, follow the link.

Black Tupelo leaves

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.

People have been inquiring to the meaning of our wish list. Isn’t it just an order form? My answer is yes and no.

Prior to opening our nursery here, at Bee Sweet Nature Co, I would place my plant orders, well in advance, with growers and get disappointed every year because some items were ,’sold out’. The reality was my order was edged out by a bigger order. Not fair! I understand that from a business point of view it makes money sense to fill your bigger orders first and then work down the list. But it is not fair to all the customers rejected because their order wasn’t big enough.

I hated that yearly disappointment – so I created our Wishlist. It is strictly a first come first serve listing. We date all customer plant wish list requests and they are notified after our winter survival assessments. We contact everyone on the list from earliest to latest wish list dates. When everyone has been served on the list then we open up our remaining stock to the general public or our off site spring sales. Doesn’t that sound more fair?

Avoid disappointment. Get on the Wishlist 2020.

Initiatives

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

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!

Absolutely everything we do at the nursery is driven by climate change and based on recent science. As climate change induces more violent weather events we need to grow our trees to withstand this weather.

Wind action on trees is a natural phenomenon that helps build plant wood structure and roots. We do NOT stake trees in order to maximize wood and root structures.

Potted stock

THINK SPRING – our nursery is open and you can contact us anytime about your planting needs. You can always preorder your spring wish list to avoid disappointment.