October 1
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.

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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

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October 11
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

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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
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

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October 22
October 22

Quote of the Day

"The fellow that owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store." - Kin Hubbard

More: Quick Tips for Home Organization

October 25
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

October 28
October 28

Prepare Flowerbeds 10 Photos

To protect perennials for next year, this week's to-do list should include: weed, deadhead, divide overgrown plants, dig up non-hardy bulbs for winter storage, remove spent annuals, amend soil and add needed mulch.

More: 10 Types of Perennial Wildflowers

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