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

Here's a handy guide for moving your favorite plants inside once the weather turns cold.

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Storage Secrets for Your Garden Shed

Keep all your tools easy to find and displayed with style using our guide to organizing your storage shed.


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    • There's no doubt about it -- a well-organized tool shed can save you time, energy, and money: You won't waste 10 minutes looking for that trowel. You won't be frustrated moving the wheelbarrow and that extra bag of potting soil out of the way so you can get to your lawn mower. And you won't spend extra money to buy a set of gloves because you can't find yours. Read our tips for making your garden shed shine.

    • Help for Hoses

      If you've ever tripped on a coiled-up hose, you know what a pain they can be. Make your garden hose easy to find and get it out from underfoot by wrapping it on a large hook.

      Here's a hint: Select large hooks with a steep angle to help hold the hose in place.

    • Keep Hand Tools Handy

      Long-handled tools are best stored where they're out of the way but still accessible. Attaching a sturdy tool hanger to the inside of your shed's door frees up the walls for shelves and a potting bench.

    • Invest in Shelves

      In tight quarters where there's never quite enough light, open metal shelving that lets the sun filter through is an ideal choice. Adjustable shelves give flexibility to match shelf height to tools.

    • Kill the Clutter

      Having a great set of shelves doesn't do much good if your stuff just ends up piled up on them. Take the organization one step farther by using plastic or metal bins to stash your stuff.

    • Make Magnetic Magic

      Mechanics have long taken advantage of magnetic bars to hold and organize their tools. The strips work just as well for metal garden gear such as pruning shears and trowels. Choose a bar with a magnet strong enough to hold the weight of your tools and you'll always have them within reach.

    • Remember the Basics

      Little things like twine or thin wire can be some of the most useful objects in your shed. They can also be some of the hardest to find. Make it easy by turning a toilet paper holder on its side. It makes it a cinch to reach and cut.

    • Add a Potting Bench

      Tidy up your shed and look for room for a potting bench. That way you can plant or repot your favorite container plants even when it's raining. And it keeps your bags of potting mix dry.

      Try making your own potting bench with a pallet!

    • Take Care of Business

      Keep a calendar of landscaping activities and you won't have to guess when you last fertilized the lawn or planted seeds. This one is metal, creating a convenient place to secure plant tags, seed packets, and small parts with magnetic holders.

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      Make it Easy When You're on the Run

      A simple wicker basket suspended from a shed door is a receptacle for frequently used small garden gear, such as shears, trowels, garden gloves, and a favorite reference book. It's quick and easy to grab what you need and get to work.

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      Harvest More Space

      Old bushel baskets are just the right size for holding mulch, birdseed, or potting mix underneath a potting bench. You can usually find the baskets at a very low price at flea markets, but just about any sort of basket or bin will do the job.

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      Get a Garden Carryall

      A vintage milk bottle carrier is the perfect place to store seed-starting supplies. A trio of blue canning jars holds row markers, pens, and clippers. Peat pots, fertilizer, and hand tools have a place in this convenient little carrier, which seems like it's designed for grab-and-go trips to the garden.

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      Look for Hidden Space

      If you have a lot of garden gear, you'll want to make use of every bit of space. Here, an old window shutter is transformed to a sturdy shelf over a shed window.

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      Steal Small Spaces

      A good shelf doesn't have to be a big production. This old chick feeder (a flea market find) is an ideal spot to store old seed packets, catalogs, markers, reference books -- and even small potted plans.

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      Make a Planting Calendar

      Keep track of what needs to be planted each month with a simple ribbon organizer. Each ribbon represents a different month; use clothespins to attach seed packets that need planting during the month. It's pretty -- and an especially visual way to keep up.

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      Leave Notes

      Keep track of garden chores with a slate surface -- or coat a sturdy flat surface with chalkboard paint. It's a great way to help you remember what you need to do when.

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      Do Double Duty

      Use hinges to get more in a small spot. This shelf is actually the chalkboard from the previous slide; when space gets short, use it as a horizontal surface. Fold it back down when you have room to spare.

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      Do Double Duty, Part 2

      Here's another great example of getting more in your space. An old stool is perfect for sitting on -- and for storing seeds, small tools, and other objects.

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      Make it Easy on Yourself

      Make storing anything with wheels an easier ride by using a portable ramp to get in and out. This one was easy -- just a couple of scrap 2x4s and a piece of 1/2-inch plywood combine to create a ramp high enough to wheel things right in the shed and small enough to store easily when not in use.

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      Provide for Nature

      Cast-off cultivator tines are perfect perches for a host of summer bird treats. Oranges, apples, and a mesh bag filled with sour cherries beckon birds. When the season for fresh fruit passes, dangle suet cakes and protein-packed peanut-butter-filled pinecones from the curved tines.

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      Add a Sink

      This iron sink allows for easy tool clean-up (no more hauling out to the hose or into the house!) and quick watering of potted plants. 

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      Make Your Own Potting Bench

      Want to know how to build a potting bench? Our potting bench plan will give you a functional, beautiful garden potting bench in no time!
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