Greenhouse Blog

Skipped a year

January 5, 2017
Holy Moly, it's 2017.  Yikes I missed a year.  2016 a year of growth, struggles, and successes which sums up everything in three words. 
Growth, our greenhouse business and farm business expanded which left us in a vertical learning curve once again.  Who knew that adding on to a business meant everything changes. lol.  Not only do you increase your product but it also means increasing your managing skills, customer expansion, more troubleshooting, longer hours, and less appreciation for what we really do in the greenhouse industry.  I was thrown into the fire but came out of the fire well done not burnt.  I came out with a deeper appreciation for my business, for my amazing staff, for my supportive family, and a deeper love for what I do.  But I also came out of that fire questioning what the real meaning of success means and when is enough enough.  I know hardcore.  lol.  After many hours of debating with myself and talking to other industry leaders I came up with the answers.  My success is delivering a product to my customers that allows me and my staff to be extremely proud of calling MooseBay Greenhouses'.  We spend countless hours transplanting, watering, pinching, shaping, etc. so when that plant leaves the greenhouse it's like a graduation in the family.  We raise them to be healthy and happy which gives our customer the opportunity to watch our babies grow into mature adults and blossom to their full potential.  So when is enough enough.  Well enough is enough when our customers suffer because we don't have the time for them and enough is enough when we stop loving what we are doing.  Every day I wake up looking forward to the day ahead of me.  I wake up for the adventures, the learning, for my staff family, and  my passion for the greenhouse industry.  I truly love what I do and when I stop loving it I know enough will be enough.  
Struggles, well life isn't life without gentle reminders that we are all human.  I believe that the struggles we have in life are good reminders of where our roots belong.  I found myself looking at my expanding business as a burden.  Not a burden professionally but a burden as a mother, wife, and friend.  How does one person divide their time and energy equally between the business and personal life.  Well, I am still trying to find all the answers but I am learning.  I have learnt that I cannot be super woman even though I still try to be.  I have learnt to ask for help from my friends and family and I am learning where my boundaries are and that my business isn't my family even though I think of it as my baby.  I have surrounded my life and my business with positive people that reflect my values as a business owner, a mother, a friend and a wife.  I continually remind myself to give back to my communities that make my business possible and I am humbled by the response that being true to our business values and personal values has had on me.  Having struggles in the business such as disease, bugs, power losses, etc. does take it's toll on a person but when I chose to wake up in the morning and look at all that is great in the greenhouse, it changes a person.  When I chose to wake up and see the good in the day, realize that I am not alone in my struggles and start pulling in the professionals that know what they are doing; my struggles then become my lesson for the day.  I am grateful for the struggles and I now embrace all that comes my way because I know that I am not alone in the struggle, I have staff that are supportive of what needs to be done, and I have friends and family that will pick me up if I fall.  
Successes, well I have spoken of some of our successes but I do want to point out that success isn't in the money that is made.(however, it's nice to pay all the bills lol); success for MooseBay Greenhouses is the delivery of outstanding customer service, the product we deliver to our customers, and expansion of our customer base.  If our customers are happy then we have been successful.   
So what does 2017 have in store for us.  Well my hope is growth, struggles and successes.  Growth as a mother, wife, friend, and business owner. Struggles to keep me grounded and more appreciative and successes that reflex me as a person, as a mother , as a wife, as a friend, as a business owner, and as a community member.  Let us not forget that life is a gift for us to live and that everyday is a new beginning to struggle, grow and succeed.  

Until next time,
Judy
 

Happy Easter

April 5, 2015
Happy Easter to you. 
We have been busy filling up the greenhouses these past three weeks. This season we seemed to have hit the ground running.  Other years we eased into planting and took our time.  This year I had the plants three days before we started and we all felt like we had been hit by a truck the first week.  Our bodies weren't use to the lifting, bending, and running.  The planters were unbelievable.  They planted up to 4000 plants a day which required soil to be mixed, pots fille...
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2015 season opener

February 5, 2015
With only a few weeks left before my season begins I am frantically finalizing orders and reviewing what I have coming for the season.  I am very excited to see what this season will bring.  My husband says its going to be an early spring with warmer weather and I can't wait. 
Can you believe this will be my eighth season? I sure can't; I still learn new things every season and just when I think I have something figured out, it changes.  Eight years ago I didn't know how many wave petunias to ...
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New Perspective

October 29, 2014
I was looking back at some of my blogs and I am always surprised by the way time flies by.  I shouldn't be surprised, I lived the time that seemed to have flown by but REALLY where does the time go.  It has been almost a year since I posted a note here.  

In that year I reflect back at what was accomplished, what was felt, how I made a difference, what my family contributed, how I contributed to my family, what I need to change, and what is to come.  In that reflection I also really take a loo...
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Welcome 2014

January 6, 2014
2014, what do you have for us?  

I took the Christmas season off from my office and all it's piles of work waiting for me.  It feels great to come back refreshed and have a renewed feeling that the piles mean progress not just work.  The cold weather also keeps me focused on the now well sorted to do piles that will soon be marked as finished.  Christmas was fantastic for me this year.  It was filled with family, memories, traditions, and friends.  I truly am blessed to have all of them in our...
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Let me try again

October 25, 2013
When I wrote the unsaved blog yesterday I was feeling that time has been flying by too quickly.  I can't believe that the harvest finally finished and that we are in preparation mode for the snow.  SNOW something we have had twice already.  HEAT something we didn't have a whole lot of this summer.  MOISTURE something I thought we would never get rid of. Spring, that seemed to linger on forever. Summer, did we have one. Fall, hoping for a Chinook. Winter, that comes too soon but is a welcome s...
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OMG

October 25, 2013
I spent the last two hours typing you a new blog.  I finished it and was to post it when it said something went wrong with the post.  I LOST it ALL.  Frustrating.  Soooo...
Until next time take care,
Judy
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Phew... almost missed it!!!

April 22, 2013
Phew.... I thought I had missed spring while being so wrapped up in the tropics.  I can now see some mud and running little rivers in my yard.  I usually dislike this time of year because I am constantly vaccuming and shoveling out my porch. However, this year I am welcoming the mud, extra tonnes of laundry, the build up of water behind my greenhouses with open arms and embracing the smell of rotting grass and snow mold.  Yum!!!  On the brighter side, I do leave the stench to the smell of fre...
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Off to the tropics

February 23, 2013
As I have always stated, I look forward to this time of year when I get to head to my tropical vacation.  I have started up the grow shed and I have had to afjust to working in the 28+ greenhouse. I planted the petunias, gazanias, violas, strawberries, dusty miller, some tomatoes, and others I can't spell.  I planted them on Tuesday this week after a winter getaway with my siblings, and our parents. Which by the way was fantastic. Thanks mom and dad. We went fishing, snowmobiling, hot tubbing...
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The Time Has Come!!!

January 21, 2013
So the time has finally come for me to break down and join the tweeting community.  I joined MooseBay Greenhouses to Twitter.  I am hoping to be able to tweet better than I am at blogging.  With time being not on my side I am hoping to tweet you updates daily.  I still want to blog like last year to keep you all informed as to the Greenhouse happenings but a daily informational update is helpful too.  So between tweeting, blogging, facebooking, texting, emailing, and phoning I am hoping to ge...
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