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Our Environment by Katharine Fletcher

Spring’s happening all around us, here in the Pontiac. Whether you’re in Chapeau or Cantley, Swisha or Shawville, Quyon or Wakefield, sunshine is strengthening.

Our Environment by Katharine Fletcher

Spring’s happening all around us, here in the Pontiac. Whether you’re in Chapeau or Cantley, Swisha or Shawville, Quyon or Wakefield, sunshine is strengthening.
Daylight is extending and our bird migrants are returning, searching for mates, establishing nesting sites – and filling the springtime air with their glorious songs.
Although forested trails remain snow-covered, nature’s cooperators of sunshine and showers are doing their work, where fields show ever-extending patches of soil. The first blades of grass are showing and soon, the meadows will sport their fringe of emerald, before full-on growth transforms our countryside to verdant green.
This season of growth represents full-on planning for gardeners. Whether it’s popping in a few annuals, buying some perennials – or planting vegetables and fruits, spring offers its hope of beauty for our senses and bounty for our tables.
And in 2020, planting a garden has another edge in this era of COVID 19: food security.
At time of writing on April 2, here’s some gardening information I discovered. Caveat? In this age where nothing’s more certain than often-sudden change, please contact your favourite source of seeds, seedlings and plants to ensure they’re open and what the rules are. For sure, it’s not “business as usual” – but supporting our local growers has never been more crucial.
Nesbitt’s Greenhouse & Nursery – AylmerOwner Sylvia Nesbitt confirmed the nursery will be open, so customers can get vegetables, fruits,
flowers, and seeds. One change? Pending how orders go, they may or may not have fruit trees.
Acknowledging the COVID situation is a game-changer, Nesbitt said, “We plan to develop a shopping venue on our website. People can pay by Paypal or
e-transfer.”
And, depending on the distance, Nesbitt mentioned there might be free delivery or else a charge for gas.
All of us need to be patient while nurseries prepare, possibly with reduced staff plus lineups of customers. Like grocery stores, Nesbitt expects to welcome 5-10 clients at a time.
Nesbitt addresses this fact of changing times and says they’re busy growing their crops. “We’ll get through this. We’ve got you covered. Stay tuned. We are working out the details.”
Joanne’s Valu-Mart – Shawville
When I telephoned (April 2), I confirmed that seed packages are available and they’ll be receiving and selling plants soon.
I expect this will be the case for other grocery and independent stores.
During these extraordinary times, please contact businesses before you head out to find out how best to purchase your plants.
Breathe…
Finally? Step outside, feel the sun on your face and breathe deeply. We will get through this, together.