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9 cool plants to grow indoors

Before you can say that your house décor is complete, you must add some indoor greenery, that is to say, house plants. Not only will your house be more lively, but you will also benefit from the extra flow of oxygen during the day, but also at night – yes, the amount of CO2 emitted at night is negligible, so don’t worry about asphyxiaition.

If you’re like me, you don’t settle for average plants that can be found in any house. You want something more, something a little more exotic to impress your visitors with. At the same time, you don’t want something that takes infinite time to grow and care for. Don’t worry, we’ve got just what you need.

Below you can find a carefully-selected list of cool and exotic plants that you can grow without any effort at all. Let’s begin, shall we?

1. Vriesea
Vriesea might look a little pretentious or rather surreal at first, but it’s actually a plant that would fit in quite well in a modern apartment. Caring for it is also very, very easy – Vriesea makes do with just one large cup of water per week. However, don’t treat it like a cactus – the more often you water it, the better.

2. Philodendron
The name is somewhat of a tongue twister, but taking care of the plant is nowhere near as sophisticated. Boasting thick and leathery leaves, as well as numerous health benefits, philodendrons are great green giants to live with.

3. Dolphin succulents
If you think that the name of this plant is completely random, well, have a closer look at the picture. Aren’t the leaves somewhat familiar? Yes, they’re dolphins. Cute little green dolphins. This adorable plant drives people insane in Japan for a reason or another. The scientific name of this variety is Senecio peregrinus.

4. Marimo Moss Balls
Marimo Moss Balls are exactly what their name says … moss balls. Your fish tank is about to get way more playful with these. Taking care of them is also very easy: replace the water every two weeks, and make sure they are not exposed to direct sunlight – they hate that.

5. Hoya Kerrii
Another succulent plant in our list. Hoya Kerrii is very popular in Southeast Asia. People all across the globe give heart-shaped chocolate for Valentine’s Day, but there people prefer gifting heart-shaped Hoya Kerrii. Pretty neat, right?

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6. Zig-Zag Cactus
The zig-zag cactus does not look anything like your average cacti, but it’s still a cactus take it or leave it. Commonly referred to as the Fishbone Cactus, it’s very low-maintenance, and when it blooms, it produces colorful pink flowers bound to blind you.

7. Trachyandra
This plant is perhaps the most surreal we have reviewed thus far, and for good reason. Simply look at how it is shaped, you would say that it’s a pipe cleaner stuck into a pot of dirt. It’s not the most aesthetical plant out there, but if you like anything novelty, you will enjoy seeing it each day at home. On the other hand, getting your hands on it might prove quite difficult, as it’s native to eastern and southern Africa.

8. Rose Succulents
Did you seriously think that only roses look like roses? Well, there are also plants that look like roses nowadays, and they’re called rose succulents. They sell like hotcakes on Valentine’s Day (obviously), and that’s pretty much the only period when they sell because they cost a little – $10 for 5-6 seeds on Amazon.

9. Corkscrew Grass
Not only does this plant look very, very eerie, but it’s also one of those plants that you may want to keep in a pot because it spreads very fast. It also costs $4 per 20 seeds, so you don’t want to waste anything here.

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Top 8 Awesome Trees That You Did Not Know Existed

We have all been to the forest and seen the typical oak, beech or walnut tree. But we can go so far as to say that not many among you have seen an abundance of exotic trees; if we are wrong, congratulations!

From the age-old baobabs located in Madagascar to the vividly-colored cherry blossom trees located in Japan, all exotic trees bear testament to the world’s unparalleled diversity. Once you see our selection of exotic trees across the world, you will instantly turn into a dendrophile.

Without further ado, let’s see the top 8 list!

1. The General Sherman Tree – Sequoia National Park, California
If you think that this tree has a military resonance to it, you are right. It was named after general William Tecumseh Sherman in 1879, by naturalist James Wolverton. It is the biggest attraction in the Sequoia National Park, largely due to its extremely grandiose appearance.

It also claims the moniker of the largest currently living tree in the world. Much to the disappointment of Americans, it is unfortunately not the largest, nor the widest, nor the oldest tree that ever existed on Earth. Each distinction belongs to three different trees.

2. Avenue of the Baobabs, Madagascar
Baobabs are probably nature’s answer to the big and imposing Greek and Roman statues scattered all across Europe. The Avenue of the Baobabs is nestled in western Madagascar, and consists of a collection of unevenly-distributed baobab trees across a dirt road.

Groups of tourists all around the world gather up in large numbers to walk down the road and catch a glimpse of the magnificence of the trees. So what are you waiting for, book your plane tickets now!

3. Socotra Dragon Tree – Yemen
This tree can be found in large numbers in the Socotra archipelago, which is a group of 4 islands belonging to Yemen, a country located in the Arabian Peninsula. Indeed, the tree does not really resemble a dragon, but its fruit is the reason why it’s named this way.

The small and fleshy berries exude a vivid red resin, which is known as “The Dragon’s Blood”. Locals use the resin as a sort of cure-all, and its uses range from curing general wounds to lowering bad fevers.

4. Cherry Blossom Trees – Tokyo, Japan
There is probably nothing as gorgeous and breathtaking as the spring cherry blossom in Tokyo, as well as in other parts of the country.

It’s true that cherry trees are definitely not exclusive to the archipelago, but in Japan cherry blossom trees are a cultural thing and will often be found exhibited in various displays and festivals.

5. The Dark Hedges – Northern Ireland
The Dark Hedges is a group of beech trees planted by an Irish family in the 18th century, forming a long avenue to take a stroll on. It is one of the most visited natural phenomena in Ireland, both by Irish tourists and international tourists. It has also been depicted in various movies and TV series, such as Game of Thrones (it’s the road leading to King’s Landing)

6. Methuselah – California
Methuselah is one of the oldest currently living trees in the world, located in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California.

Until recently, this tree was said to be the oldest living tree in the world, but another tree has been discovered, and experts say is well over 5,000 years old. Nobody knows exactly where the tree is located for fear of vandalism.

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7. Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree – Hawaii
This tree is a little more special compared to what we have presented thus far, and for good reason. Simply look at the surreal and garish colors on the trunk and your head will swim instantly. It’s not often that you can see a tree with so much natural blue, purple or orange colors.

The peak growth of this tree is over 200 feet (roughly 60 meters). You can find it in various Hawaii regions, including but not limited to New Britain, New Guinea, and Sulawesi.

8. Wisteria – Japan
Here we have another Japanese tree. Well, it’s not exactly a tree, but rather a vine, whose branches have grown so fast since 1870 that they have a hard time supporting their own weight.

A steel structure has been built recently to allow the tree (read: vine) to grow continuously, and to allow visitors to enjoy a wonderful experience.

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Here’s How to Garden In Dry Weather Conditions

Many regions across the world are deeply affected by severe drought. Some regions are affected temporarily (for instance, during summer), while other regions are affected all year round.

People who fall in the latter category do not see any point in trying to garden because they believe they can’t reap the benefits of their labor – literally and figuratively.

With wells and reservoirs running dry, the most serious issue that arises is how you can make sure that your plants are happy and most importantly healthy with little water supply.

Think like a plant
The first thing you need to get accustomed with is how a plant deals with water. I will tell you a little bit about how a plant absorbs, uses, and eliminates the water. Once you get the hang of it, you will think of gardening as a very fun activity to partake in daily.

Absorbing water
Most common plants absorb little to no water through their leaves. This process is almost completely handled by the roots of the plant, acting like slot sites. The more roots a plant has, the better it absorbs water. In order to make sure that there is a well-developed root system pushing out into the soil, you must ensure that the soil is capable of providing proper growth conditions. Here’s what you need to do:

Prepare the soil
Make sure that it has an optimal PH level (5.5-7 range)
Add organic fertilizers (peat moss, shredded leaves, compost, etc.)
Add nonorganic fertilizers (to keep nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium levels in check)

If you add organic fertilizers, the soil will be able to retain much more moisture. You can do a little experiment: water the soil before and after you have applied organic fertilizers, and you’ll see that much more water is being retained in the latter scenario.

Eliminating the Water
If plants do not absorb much water through their leaves, they do eliminate almost all of it through their leaves – almost 99%. In botany, this process is referred to as transpiration, and is a necessary part of the plant’s metabolic process. It is also the only process that allows them to cool themselves in hot weather.

Your goal here is to minimize the amount of water that plants lose in order to cool themselves. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all guide on this. The best advice I can offer is to plant your plants in strategic areas, like under a tall tree or bigger plants. Whatever you do, make sure your plants get a little shade.

Don’t panic if you notice the leaves becoming droopy – that is in fact a natural self-defense mechanism. Once the sun sets, the leaves will perk up to their normal look.

Now that you know how a plant absorbs and eliminates water, let’s pore over a few ways to make sure that your plants get the best treatment possible

Weed out any weeds
Weeds compete with your plants to get as much water, nutrients, and light as they can. Handpick weeds when they’re about 2 to 3 inches tall, or at least make sure that they don’t get any water and light and they will slowly wither.

Whatever you do, make sure their seeds do not spread in the garden and multiply – it will be much harder to deal with the situation.

Reduce the number of plants in your garden
When you are finished eliminating the weeds in your garden, you should also consider planting fewer plants. This may or may not be necessary depending on how harsh your climate is, but it never hurts to have less competition anyway.

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Harvest on time
Don’t leave your plants in the boiling sun for too much time. Handpick them at their peak of growth and flavor. This comes in handy with any type of gardening, and not only dry gardening.

Water efficiently
Always irrigate the plants at their base, so that the water can easily go through the soil directly to the roots.

Collect as much rainwater as you can
For instance, you can capture rainwater from rain gutters in large garbage cans under rainspouts, which can be used to make compost tea. However, keep in mind that in some countries rainwater harvesting may be illegal.

For example, in the United States, 9 states do not allow you to collect water because it’s “state property”. Always make sure you comply with your local laws before trying to collect water.

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How to Maximize a Small Garden Space

In the current generation, cultivating and cooking your own food has become a very important remedy to combat sickness naturally. Knowing how your food is created, from its cultivation up to its serving is definitely gratifying. So, if you have a space in your home, why not transform it in a garden? And even if you have a limited area, you can still make the best out of it. Unleash your creativeness and resourcefulness to the fullest level. And to help you emanate your innate skills, here are some valuable ideas to maximize a small garden space.

Custom Landscape

The easiest way to deal with the space restriction is by creating a custom landscape. Well, every garden is different so you need to establish a distinct style depending on the space you have. Utilize everything under the sun— from DIY containers to old pieces of gardening tools. You really don’t need to follow the traditional cultivating of plants in rows. Try something unique and more efficient like planting them in squares or garden bed. This will totally save you time from walking between long rows, which is also quite unattractive. Further, create some depths to your plain garden by going for a three dimensional style. This will give more space to increase your yield.

Skip the Lawn

If you have a limited space, then there’s really no need for a lawn. Lawn would take much area in your garden, and it’s a difficult thing to It’s always better to grow food and not grass, right? Though grass is seriously an attraction to your garden, it’s just a pretty face and not a useful one. The regular trimming is also a tough addition to your gardening. So, might as well choose to grow those with practical use such a vegetables and crops. You will definitely save money from buying processed foods, as well as make you be more hands-on with food preparation. Having a garden of vegetables enables you to bring out your inner chef. You’d probably enjoy the gardening as well as the cooking session afterwards.

Practical Choices

Of course, you need to know what you want to plant. Plan even before you start cultivating. Take some time to consider the type of foliage you want to appear and deal with in your garden. There are countless plants you can cultivate, but there are some that would take bigger space than the others and are not worth it. Choose your plants strategically because your choices, somehow, define who you are. After all, planting is not an easy task, so as removing them. Make the most out of your choices because gardening is not a piece of cake.

Seeds not Pot Plants

It’s not just about the savings but also the effort. Growing plants from seeds will help you avoid the tough process of transferring the plant from one location to the other. Normally, potted plants are root- bound, which is seriously a challenging thing to deal with. To escape such complications, then grow your plants from the seed itself. Though there are other ways to cultivate such as layering and propagating, it’s certainly the best choice.

Vertical Style

A very efficient and effective planting method is the vertical style. Vine plants and flowers would definitely love this manner of giving them the luxury of space to grow freely. This style is also a great way to radiate a charming vibe to your garden. Brighten up your dull orchard with some sun-seeking flowers in bright hues such as bougainvillea, morning glory and honeysuckle.

Pocket Plants

If you love the vertical style, then you’d certainly fall head over heels with the pocket plants. Not only will you make use of your old organizer or canvas, you’d definitely maximize you space. Hang them on your wall and block each compartment with loam. There you have it— your own DIY hanging plot. And if you want to be more efficient, try succession planting, which means your garden is continually producing crops. You don’t have to vacate your plots for days or months because as the harvest draws, you grow other plants.

Mix of Colours

A garden filled with plain green is too boring. There are heaps of vibrant hues out there, and it’s certainly an enthralling decision if you add a pop of colours to your garden. Planting flowers instead of grass is more appealing and practical at the same time. Flowers do attract pollinators like bees, pollen wasps, butterflies, and the like, which in return help in the very valuable pollination process. As a garden owner, you need to give importance to pollinators because they make your garden fascinating and productive.

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Important Tips before Setting up Your Own Garden

At this point, you have decided to create your own garden. It’s a quite exciting phase of your home design, but even before you jump into the tough process, you should be all set— from the landscape to the tools. It is not an overnight process. Gardening needs endurance and devotion to witness its grandeur. So, let’s make your gardening session easy and attractive with these important tips. Don’t worry, we will help you every step of the way.

Landscape

Vivid blend of colours

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First and foremost, you should consider the space where you ought to construct your garden. Well, it is not necessary to have thousands of hectares to have an attractive plot. All you need is the right space to plant and decorate your garden, and of course, some creative thoughts. Landscaping is very important to make use of your expanse, especially if you have a limited one.

For a more attractive scene, sprinkle some bright and vivid flowers through the garden path or surround the front yard with a lovely cluster of fragrant flowers. These colourful hues will practically make your day more charismatic. Add a nice sitting area near your garden by carving out a secluded spot with some pleasant foliage and vines.

Garden Tools

Gardening wouldn’t be complete without the gardening tools. There are loads of apparatuses in the market but some of the most important ones are the hand trowel, shears, spade, wheel barrow, hand gloves and the like. These essentials will make your gardening session more convenient and effortless. For instance, the spade and hand trowel will help you dig deep into the loam while the wheel barrow will help you save lots of time from going back and forth. It’s just a matter of good investment. It is best to buy these in advance to avoid unwanted cuts and bruise during your gardening.

Organic Fertilizers

Did you know that some plants grow easily with the help of compost? Yes, there are those who need a back-up essential, together with the significant loam. Flowers and vegetables are some of the plants that need the support of the compost as it gives an extra enhancement to its health throughout the season. Compost normally needs a week or two to stabilize well with the soil. Thus, prepare the plot ahead of time.

Aside from normal compost, animal manures are downright helpful to have a healthy garden. These organic fertilizers attract earthworms, which in return gives air space within the loam. So, the next time you deal with your animals’ dirt, put them into good use!

Potted Plants

And for those buying potted plants, root-bound may be a challenge. It’s always a tough thing to deal with. Plants growing in a pot tend to limit the growth of its roots, which in effect creates the too-tight root structure. The close-fitting ends restrict the water and other needed essentials to travel to the different parts of the plant. To ease the problem, mildly guide the roots in an upward position or you strike up some gentle vertical cuts using a knife. Just make sure to avoid the hitting the roots directly.

Designation

Not all plants are the same. There are some who are very aggressive that may need to be restricted from the others. Not segregating them properly might take a toll with the gentle ones. So, you should be able to distinguish the type of foliage you are planting. Put those partly-hostile plants in a container or away from the rest.

And if you love vining vegetation but have limited area, don’t worry! You can definitely make use of vertical trellis to plant them on. These fences will not just save space, but also look captivatingly charming. Plant your squash, melons, morning glory, and other climbing plants here.

Watering

Water is the most important tool, along with sunlight, in order for the plants to survive. Consequently, you need to water the plants regularly, especially those water-based vegetation. Soak them frequently so that the water will reach up to the roots, which is the only part that can really absorb the liquid. If you just sprinkle them with water, the needed moisture might not even get down to the ends, leaving it parched and thirsty. Water your plants early in the morning or late in the evening. Why? The water speckled on your plants during evening or early morning will not easily evaporate as there is not too much heat at this time. This will also give them the important water supply before the next day’s warmth.

Natural Insecticides

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Chemical insecticides often do harm than give benefit to your garden. Hence, you need to think of something else that will help you deal with the annoying pests.  Actually, the answer is right in your garden. Insects hate some flavourful vegetables such as onion, garlic and chives. So, add them on your plot, and you will drive the pests away and you also save money.

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Beautiful Pines You Can Grow in Your Garden

A pine or a shrub?

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 Having your own garden truly gives a very rewarding feeling, especially if you will witness the fruits of your hard work— a beautiful landscape filled with lush foliage. There are several options for your garden, but if you’re not quite sure what to cultivate in your garden, then head on and try the ever attractive type of conifers, the pines. Pines or Pinus are popular because of its distinctive style that comes with lengthy needle-like leaves and some adorable cones. Aside from its unique flora flair, pines are extremely notable when it comes to commercial manufacturing and trade of furniture. These conifers are known for its very durable timber that could last for ages. The timber used ranges from a dwarfing shrub to a towering pine that could grow over 50ft. Pines, just like any other plants, vary in subtle ways such as its shape, texture, and of course, height. And to help you choose the best of the bests, here are some of beautiful pines you can grow in your garden.

Bristlecone Pine

Bristlecone pines are widely loved because of its resiliency despite of a harsh environment. It continues to live even if the weather goes extremely severe and the soil goes terribly bad. These long-lived pines are not just tough trees that could grow up to 30 ft. but also a sight to behold. Its olive green, and sometimes blue green needles, is speckled with white resin, making it more attractive. Bristlecone is also part of the oldest living species in the world. Hence, this gem is a nice pick for your garden. Just make sure to keep your loam well-drained because they need lots of moisture. They also grow very slow but they are drought resistance, so a nice set off to balance the downside.

Lodgepole Pine

A native in North America, Lodgepole pines come in several varieties, and names. Sometimes, these conifers are also called as beach pines or coast pines. You will never miss to witness this towering tree as it normally stands from 60 to 80ft. This lofty, sleek pine beautifully accents its needle-like green leaves that are often twisted in style. The cones, on the other hand, may vary in shape. There are those in cylindrical and some in egg-shaped. You just have to be careful with the tip of the seed cones as there are sharp prickles. The great thing about lodgepole pines is its adaptability. It can easily adapt to all types of environments, so you can plant them either in humid loam or swampy soil. Just like any other pine species, lodgepole is also slow-growing.

Mugo Pine

This rather petite conifer is all that you want to exude charming vibe into your garden. Its amiable charm is truly a landscaper’s trance. Mugo pine or sometimes tagged as dwarf mountain pine normally shelters in high elevation. It doesn’t take lots of space in your garden but still creates a fascinating lure to its beholders. These trees features green needles centred with a nice cluster of tiny cones. To grow this pine, it is best to plant them in a damp soil with partial to full sunlight.

Japanese White Pine

The Japanese White Pine may either be a charming piece on your patio or an impressive sight in your garden. They can be adorable bonsais as well giant pines. The petite ones, however, are more popular because of its distinctive stature with a touch of refinement. The space restriction is also a nice feature of the dwarf Japanese White Pine, especially most of these are slow-growing.

Blue Star Juniper

Wanting a unique melange of colours in your garden? Then, you ought to try the Blue Star Juniper. From the name itself, its colour is not like anything ordinary. The silvery blue shade makes it as standout among your plants. This plant is ground-hugging, so you need a well-moisturized soil to make it survive. Unlike most towering pine trees, Blue Star Juniper typically just grow up to 16 inches. They are tiny yet definitely a head-turner piece in your plot.

Eastern White Pine

The fine, thin needles make the Eastern White Pine an inimitable conifer to add in your garden. These are great for your place to create a more distinct presence of foliage. It can offer you its beautiful physique that can soar up to 100 ft. along with its sleek strand of leaves. Not only that, they are highly adaptable in any range of environmental conditions.

Frasier Fir

With Frasier Fir, you don’t have to buy an expensive Christmas tree during the holidays. Yes, because this pine tree is impressively shaped like that of your favourite Christmas tree— triangular and full of charming green needles. The pyramidal pine needs a clammy environment to survive and grow up to 40 ft. But of course, it is more efficient and cost-saving than buying some fake holiday trees.

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Essential Tools for Newbie Gardening

 Starting up a garden may be very fascinating as you think yet it is also quite a tough job. It’s a long term process of planting, cultivating, watering, and anything in between. But still, the rough course of gardening is downright fulfilling. Before you venture out in the ground, you must be ready with your gardening tools. There are lots of selections in the market, promising some kind of expertise but you need to practical. Don’t go overboard with unimportant gardening tools as these can take up a lot of space within your home, not to mention, the money wasted for inefficient stuff. So, here are some of the essential tools you need for your first ever gardening.

Gloves

The first piece you should own even before you start gardening is the gloves. Well, you don’t want to end up with dirty hands and fingers after your gardening session, right? Gardening can start out as an exciting hobby, but it can quickly turn into some kind of a gruelling battle with all the rocks, thorns, and many sharp objects on the loam. Hence, own at least one pair of gloves to protect your skin from cuts and bruises, as well as from germs. There are certainly countless grimy microorganisms living under the ground, so it’s better to be protected at all times. Own the right pair of gloves— durable but not that bulky, and you’ll totally enjoy dealing with your favourite plants. Be sure to store them properly to avoid tearing up.

Hand Rake

Rake them up

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Just as important as the gloves, hand rake also protects your hand from any unwanted accidents. Aside from that, rake is very important for cleaning up garden trashes such as piles of leaves and twigs scattered all over your garden without damaging the roots. Plastic rake will make it really hard for you to remove the debris. Thus, it is best to invest in a good metal rake to whisk those dirt away from your beloved garden. You can choose the bright ones to make it easier for you during cleaning up time.

Hand Trowel

Whether how big or small your garden is, you need a hand trowel to dig, move and smoothen out the soil. Of course, you don’t want to use your hand to excavate the dark loam, right? A trowel will help you make things easier such as breaking up the hardened earth and transferring the earth to the pots. There are different trowel designs, but it is great if you choose the nice-pointed blade in scoop-shaped. The handle, likewise, should be something that you can finely grip.

Shears

Cut them straight

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Moving on, shears must also be included in your gardening toolbox. Its significance is well-appreciated, not unless you want to directly cut the stem using your bare hands. What if these are roses or foliage with rough and sturdy branches? Would you even dare? If you are cautious, just like us, then shears are your perfect buddy. This pair is truly manna from heaven. There’s no need to worry on how to trim the grasses and cut the twigs because the shears can do its magic. And not only that, you can even create ornamental designs on your garden with the help of this tool.

Spade

Dig deeper

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Another digging tool that you should not forget is the spade. Spade is a step-up style of the hand trowel. This may often be related to a shovel, but is shorter in terms of the handle. The petite size accents its significance in digging holes easily, as well as moving soil quickly. Choose a spade with a strong steel scoop and a durable handle. Though much pricier than other garden tools, this essential will really help your gardening life less tiring and more enjoyable. This tool can even last for a lifetime.

Wheelbarrow

Pile them up

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To make gardening a little bit easier and comfortable, then don’t overlook to buy a wheel barrow. You will not be disappointed with the importance of this essential tool. A wheelbarrow is certainly something that will save you time and effort as it is designed to carry at least a couple of pounds of soil and branches from one destination to the other. Its one-wheel design enables you to drive around the equipment effortlessly.

Long Hose

To complete the essential gardening tools, we have the long hose. Water is downright vital for the survival of any living organism. Consequently, you need a tool to help you deal with such importance. A long hose is truly one of the best things every gardener should own. In choosing, prioritize a hose with adjustable nozzle so that you can maneuver it properly without you getting all wet. The nice additional feature helps in controlling the water pressure within the hose.

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Where to Find Huon Pines in Tasmania

Huon pines along the riverbank

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Are you on the hunt for a fascinating escapade in Tasmania? Then, go tree-hopping and find the magical spots where the well-loved Huon pines live in seclusion. The island of Tasmania has become the ultimate abode of these antique works of nature for many years. Fast forward to the present time, the classical foliage continues to amaze tourists with its long-lasting endurance despite of being slow-growing. It can live more than a thousand years. There’s something about the growing condition of the island that makes it the true home of Huon Pines. Bordered with temperate weather, Tasmania features a damp wilderness, which makes it the perfect environment for the water-dependent trees. Most Huon pines grow in swampy rainforests, as well as riverbanks and lakesides. These places are abundant in moist that give the trees its needed essentials.

To start your tree-hopping, here are the best places in Tasmania where you can find the gentle giants— Huon pines.

TahuneAirwalk

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One of the most visited attractions in the island, TahuneAirwalk also shelters the Tahune Nature Reserve, which is filled with some of the oldest Huon pines in the world. The park being located in the southern portion of Tasmania holds more than 1 million hectares of rainforest, all of which are listed as World Heritage. Get lost with nature as you wander around the wilderness and walk towards the swinging bridges. From above, you will witness the impressive waters of Huon and Picton rivers. Take a stride along the Huon pine path that may take up to 20 minutes. The tranquil forest is certainly a nice way to calm your senses. And if your adventure isn’t enough, spend the night at the park’s relaxing accommodation— the Forest Lodge and the self-contained cabin.

Arthur-Pieman River State Reserve

Paddling with some nice views

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In the northwest area of Tasmania lies a beautiful stretch of nature, the Arthur-Pieman River State Reserve. The ever vibrant and extensive landscape covering the entire reserve is definitely a sight to feast your eyes on. With more than 100, 000 hectares in vicinity that begins from the Arthur River of the north and extends up to the Pieman River of the South, it’s no wonder that this spot is a well-loved tourist attraction. As the location is bordered with striking rivers, Huon pines are downright charmed to its beauty. These conifers are water lovers, and they couldn’t survive without such essential. Hence, you will witness some remarkable sights of these lofty trees scattered along the reserve’s wilderness. Hop on and take a ride to the vast hinterland of this breathtaking island.

Gordon River

Take a cruise down the Gordon River and be enthralled with the bunch of Huon pines speckled along its riverbank. As dependent as it is with swampy environment, the waters of Gordon River truly make the existence of these ancient conifers more convenient and worth living. Not only that, the body of water is a popular choice among travellers, mostly international visitors, because of the fascinating combination of water and wilderness. The place holds a significant fragment of the island’s history, and continues to run as deep as the stretches of blue in the river. So, for nature lovers out there, the Gordon River cruise is truly something you shouldn’t miss.

Teepookana Forest Reserve

This forest reserve is strategically situated in the southwest of Tasmania, which is near Sophia Point and Strahan. Covering more than 500, 000 hectares of natural beauty, the Teepookana Forest Reserve was once a port area that acted as a stopping place for the King River. The region was also one of the top suppliers of Huon pine timber in the island. Its beautiful terrains are not located in the lowlands, but rather on high elevations, making it a comfortable spot to grow these slow-growing yet long-lasting conifers. Nowadays, there has been less number of Huon pines standing within its grounds but the ancient prominence still appeals to the travellers, especially the history buffs.

Mount Jukes Road

For a more stimulating adventure, go trekking at Mount Jukes Road of the west coast section of Tasmania. The mountain range is filled with lush rainforest that includes some soaring Huon pines. Not only that, the mountain is the home of two notable glacial lakes in the island— Upper Lake Jukes and Lower Lake Jukes. The glacial lakes also paved way for the introduction of mining industry many years ago, which became one of the most important trades in the region.  These bodies of water entice the growth of the classical conifers, and of course, continue to attract travellers to get on with an exciting trekking experience. Standing over 3, 000 ft. above sea level with multiple peaks, Mount Jukes Road may be a tough challenge for newbies. So, it’s better to hire a guide before you venture the unknown.
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Impressive Uses of Huon Pine

A factory of Huon pines

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Many years ago, the natives of Tasmania depended on one fine tree for boat building, and it was the Huon Pine or also known as Lagarostrobos franklinii. The appreciation for these conifers started as early as 1800s, where its wood was used to construct ships for the government. The timber featuring a golden colour is truly rich in essential oils, which makes it perfect for furniture and boats. The creamy shade of the wood is very durable, smooth, and light weight unlike other trees of similar style. Thus, it is very stress-free to work with and finish it off with a polish. These Australian timbers highlights the presence of an indispensable oil— methyl eugenol, which accents the unique scent of the Huon pine. This essential oil makes the timber more long-lasting and hard-wearing because of its preservative qualities that even act as insect repellent. Hence, you will save time and money from putting insecticide to your project.

And with the advancement of time, Huon pines have become one of the most remarkable choices for wood crafting and building. Here are some impressive uses of this prominent Tasmanian timber that you will definitely be impressed with.

Boat Building

Well, it’s not a question that the wood of Huon pine is the ideal element for boat-building. The golden tint of the timber is downright appealing in creating a remarkable ship. It exudes a rather classical and classy ambience to the entire creation, not to mention its durability. The workability of the timber is also one of the many reasons why Huon pine is a top pick among boat manufacturers. It is very easy to deal with because of the soft and smooth yet durable and light weight features of the timber. For thousand years, Huon pines continue to amaze the boat-building community with its natural charms. It’s true that the only thing slower than this well-loved Australian tree is its decay. Thus, Huon pines are slowly getting recognized in the worldwide market because of the excellent timber it provides.

The limitation, however, may be a downside for the manufacturers and buyers.  Aside from Tasmania, there are only certain places that grow Huon pines because of its strict living environment, which needs cool and damp setting.

Furniture Making

With the advent of trade and industry in Australia, the island of Tasmania has embraced its natural resources in a very special way. And since Huon pines are the island’s one of the most prized possessions, it is best to make use of this piece of nature. Thus, the natives have also stepped up the prominence of Huon pines through more notable uses. Aside from boat building, they have ventured furniture making as well.

The pleasant creamy colour of the timber makes it ideal for crafting furniture such as table, chairs, cabinet, and other smaller pieces. The figured timber along with the bird’s eye is very noteworthy when it comes to furniture making. These crafted works, however, are quite pricey compared to common hardwoods. It is because of its limited resources, which are thrived mostly from the roughest terrains in the island. The scarceness of these conifers is still within the alarming level because they are easily caught up by fire during drought. Moreover, the scarcity also paved way for the strict implementation of certain guidelines for companies making use of the Huon pine as trade.

Man-Made Crafts

The beauty of Huon pines is not just limited to boat building and furniture making. It is also used for creative man-made crafts such as souvenirs and sculptures. These charming artcrafts are normally displayed at the Australian Woodwork. There are heaps of impressive array of fine wood pieces made by local artisans. Most of these works are quite high-end as only limited companies were given the license to cut Huon pines, and only dead trees are allowed to be cut and manufactured by the state. The strict granting of permission to cut down these trees is a great way to preserve the next generation of Huon pines. Today, most terrains where the Huon pine seemingly grow in peace are well protected by government. These are usually within natural reserves, which are safeguarded by the World Heritage Area. Owning at least one Huon pine art is definitely a valued possession you shouldn’t miss.

So, save up a bit and buy a good deal of a Huon pine craft that will surely last for an eternity. This prized piece of art is a great of example of sustainable development, which helps in the upkeep of the natural resources and respects the regenerative skills of nature. After all, life is dependent on nature, and not the other way around.

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How to Grow Huon Pines

The lush Huon pines

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Are you planning to make your own garden? Then, you can start growing some Huon pines in your backyard. Huon pines are normally planted on areas with swampy rainforests such as Tasmania. In the island, you will be overwhelmed with the abundance of these native conifers swarming along the lakeshores and riverbanks. So, if you are living in a cool temperate location, this bushy foliage might just be the perfect decoration for your orchard.

Planning

Growing Huon pine needs patience and dedication. Its fascinating beauty is the result of continuous taming and kind cultivating. Just a piece of advice, these conifers do not just grow instantly. They mature very slowly, making them one of the world’s slowest growing trees. Every year, they grow by less than one inch. Consequently, only few can nurture this rather charming yet dawdling work of nature. The availability of these plants is limited, and only Tasmania and certain places in the world have tried to reproduce them. But if you’re up for the challenge, let get this going.

Huon pines normally undergo the vegetative reproduction, where there are no seeds or spore used to create a new plant. For instance, a twig begins to shoot when it falls into the soil or through the process of layering. This vegetative reproduction is the easiest way to make a new tree. The tree branches just naturally break off from the parent, and then root into the ground

Seedling reproduction also occurs, but not that often because it would take some time like 5 to 7 years for it to reproduce. But if you are willing to wait, then you need to be ready as soon as the mass seedling occurs, where the seeds are speckled near the parent tree. Once you have the seeds, start winter sowing them in ventilated containers or unheated vessels. The ventilation arrangements within the container help in reducing internal fume and temperature through its cooling outlets.

Planting

Huon Pine in a Pot

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At this point, you already know that Huon pines need lots of moisture to survive, aside from the tons of patience you need to invest to let them grow. Thus, you cannot just put them everywhere. Notwithstanding its dependency on swampy grounds, they also need sunlight. Thus, indoor is a not the right spot for them. And of course, these trees can grow as high as 40 ft. and can take up to 20 ft of space! Yes, most of the Huon pines are towering, plump trees that need unlimited height and weight dimensions for it to grow freely. Considering the need for water, sunlight and space, then outdoor damp soil is the best place for these vascular land plants. With this setup, you can let them grow freely with no restrictions. The high amount of moisture and the fractional sunrays help these trees grow year round. Sun exposure may vary— partial or full shade, but they can still manage to live. Technically, the trees do no need excessive heat because they are susceptible to it. In Tasmania, most Huon pines are very drought sensitive that is why they are usually killed by fire. As long as the place you want to plant the trees is cool and swampy with a little sunshine, then you got the right deal.

Taking Care

Growing to its finest

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Planting a seed or layering a plant is just the initial step of an extensive journey of gardening. Though there’s really no need to closely monitor its growth, it is ideal to give them a gentle attention. Owning a Huon pine is definitely a prized possession, especially in Tasmania. The government and conversationalists already created ways to protect and preserve this notable piece of Mother Nature. Only approved companies are allowed to make use of its wood for trade. The wood of this conifer that contains natural oils is a popular pick among businesses like ship building and furniture making. The Huon pine timbers are one of a kind, and in Tasmania, they are considered as the Prince of Tasmanian Timbers.

To continually grow your own Huon Pine, you just have to be consistent. Well, you actually don’t need to spray an insecticide to the tree because the wood itself is insect resistant. It’s a matter of longevity of patience because, as previously mentioned, they are very slow growers. During the first few years, Huon pines do not look like trees. They are more similar to petite shrubs or diminutive samplings. Despite the super dawdling growth, the tree may soon amaze you with its lofty height, which could grow up to 40 ft. Amazing, right? Once it reaches the maturity stage, the tiny and scaly foliage of the tree will now be closely surged to its trunk. The countless years of growing Huon pines are truly impressive. Well, it’s your share on preserving the beauty of nature for the upcoming generation.