• October 1

    Sun Your Indoor Plants

    In fall and winter, plants may get only half as much light as in peak growth times. Give them the brightest locations you can indoors, and rotate at every watering for even growth. Though cooler spots are better than hot, dry locations, keep them away from drafts.

    More: Feed Your Plants

  • October 4

    Fun Fact

    Jack-O-Lanterns are an Irish tradition. They didn’t use pumpkins, but the Irish were the first to hollow out and carve oversized rutabagas, turnips and potatoes, using candles inside for Halloween celebrations.

    More: Make Your Pumpkins Appear to Float

  • October 11

    For the Birds

    It's time to clean and refill outdoor birdseed feeders. Bring feeders inside and use a few drops of dishwashing soap per gallon of hot water and rinse thoroughly before drying and refilling. If your birdfeeder is a permanent outside fixture, give it a good spray with the hose.

    More: Feed Birds in Winter

  • October 15

    Easy Idea

    Add autumnal elegance to your dining room table with a simple basket or bowl full of gourds. Available at most grocery stores, these mini squashes come in several shades of orange, yellow, red and green. Mix and match or choose a monochromatic scheme for a more sophisticated look.

    More: Make an Autumnal Urn

  • October 18

    Game Night Parties

    Got people coming over to watch a big game? Prepare plenty of seating, using cushions and blankets for overflow seating on the floor. Make it easy on yourself with a one-pot meal like chili, chicken pot pie or cheese dip. Serve dessert like cookies or brownies, and ask guests to supply the drinks.

    More: Make a Sophisticated Appetizer

  • October 25

    Classic Combo 8 Photos

    When it's done right, there's nothing crisper than a black and white room. A fairly fool-proof way to create this look is choosing either white or black as a base, then adding the other as an accent. Add a second accent color in small quantities for a pop of color.

    More: Beautiful Black-and-White Frame Designs

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