Menzies' Natives Nursery
Menzies' Natives Nursery is a totally "natural" nursery of indigenous trees, shrubs, perennial plants and ground cover with no walls of glass for greenhouses. The nursery is simply made of Pine, Oak, Redwood and Fir trees along with over 300 species of trees and shrubs. Robert's aim is to let the flora grow according to nature, taking the time biologically and botanically needed.
We make our own fertilizers by composting leaves, organics, sand and other natural forest by-products, using nothing artificial such as growth hormones. The result is a hardy, healthy specimen already adapted to the environment.
By contrast, the method generally used is to crown (gather) the seed in one location, move it to a whole different area, plant it in a greenhouse under ideal conditions to grow it as quickly as possible, perhaps altering it genetically for mere appearance sake, and then shipping it back to plant it. By then it has many things working against its survival. For one thing, the seed has a quality of geocentric/morphic magnetism which is thrown off by moving it. It also is handled too often, not to mention the factor of added cost.
We gather a lot of our own seeds and plant them here at the Nursery using soils consisting of native materials and organic amendments, having worked with and growing in our natural mediums. The Nursery makes it's own soils by combining sand, bark, compost and mulch materials of forest refuse.
To combat plant diseases, we make phos and phyto-toxins out of natural detergents, such as soap root. We also use tobacco which contains a natural bug repellant.
Although it takes more time to grow plants in an indigenous nursery, there are many advantages to this practice. A very important fact is that all plants spend at least one winter in the native setting before being sold, so clients are sure that the plant is hardy enough for Northwest Pacific weather patterns. Plants spend time cohabitating with other species which also makes them stronger, happier, and healthier.