Holiday-Inspired Outdoor Decorating that Lasts

Dress up your front porch and yard with these holiday outdoor decorating ideas that last from the first days of fall through the New Year. They look great on a porch or just outside your door.

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Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

Make the outside of your home as ready for the holiday season as the inside with these outdoor Christmas decorating ideas. Our holiday decorating ideas, including beautiful Christmas greenery, festive light displays, and more, are sure to get your yard Christmas-ready.

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Grow Beautiful Amaryllis

Amaryllis flowers are easy to grow from bulbs and great for adding color to your holiday decor.

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Deer-Resistant Shade Plants

Gardening in the shade where deer are plentiful can be a challenging situation. But there are plants that thrive in the shade that aren't tempting to hungry deer. Although no plant can be considered completely deer-resistant, here's a list of shade dwellers that most deer avoid. Plus, we've added some fun facts about deer that might help you understand them better.

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Shrubs with Winter Interest

A winter landscape has a beauty all its own. An unexpected plant feature -- winter blooms that perfume the air, bright berries, colorful or textured foliage or unusual bark -- add a welcome element to gardens. These winter shrubs will not disappoint.

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Tips for Moving Plants Indoors

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Stop Cabbage Loopers in Your Garden

Keep your cabbage, broccoli, and other vegetables safe from cabbage loopers with these helpful tips.

Cabbage loopers are small caterpillars with big appetites. They can be one of the most destructive pests in the vegetable garden. The bugs love plants in the cabbage family, including cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, and collard greens. This insect will also attack potato, tomato, spinach, and cucumbers.

The caterpillars look like 2-inch-long small green worms with silvery or white stripes running down their backs. Watch for them any time from spring to fall. The caterpillars are the larval form of the white cabbage butterflies. If you see the adult butterflies around your garden, look closely for their larvae.

They typically eat holes in the leaves and hide out on the bottom side of the foliage. Their green color makes them difficult to detect.

Controlling Cabbage Loopers

Row covers: In spring, keep the white cabbage butterflies from laying their eggs on the plants with floating row covers. These row covers create a barrier that keeps the insects out but allows air, light, and moisture to reach the plants. You will need to remove the row covers when your vegetable plants grow too large or when the temperatures heat up too much in summer.

Hand picking: You can easily keep small populations of cabbage loopers under control by picking the insects off the plants and dropping them into a bucket of soapy water.

Cleaning up in fall: Be sure to keep your garden clean. The pests often overwinter in garden debris -- so cleaning up your vegetable garden and tilling it each fall will help keep the pest under control.

Attract beneficial insects: Planting flowers, such as marigolds, calendula, sunflower, daisy, alyssum, or dill nearby can attract beneficial insects that attack and kill cabbage loopers and cabbage butterflies.

Bt: Spaying Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) on plants can help. Bt is a naturally occurring bacterial disease that only attacks caterpillars. Many vegetable gardeners consider Bt an organic product.

Insecticidal soaps: Insecticidal soaps will also kill the caterpillars, but must be applied on a regular basis in heavy infestations as they may not kill any cabbage looper eggs.

Insecticides: A number of insecticides also effectively kill cabbage loopers. Be sure to follow the package directions carefully.


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