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From Halloween to Thanksgiving, these versatile fall decor pieces will see you through | Home/Garden

Spiff up your space with versatile fall decor.

Season opener

Dress up this classic autumn wreath with something black and spooky for Halloween, followed by something abundantly golden to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The Plant Gallery, 9401 Airline Highway, New Orleans, (504) 488-8887, theplantgallery.com. Handmade 16-inch orange pinecone wreath, $98.



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Bugging out

Because Louisiana mosquitos don’t have an offseason, an all-natural citronella candle is a must for alfresco family dinners. Tie an orange ribbon around it and you have an instant Halloween decoration.

Phina, 3717 Veterans Blvd., and 2561 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 827-1605, phinashop.com. 12-ounce insect-repelling citronella eucalyptus candle with 90-hour burn time, $32.



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Leaves at home

For anyone foregoing a fall foliage pilgrimage this year, this leafy, welcoming mat might just make you happy to be safe and sound in your Southern home.

Lucy Rose, 3318 Magazine S., New Orleans, 600 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 895-0444, shoplucyrose.com. Falling Leaves doormat

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Make it a tasty fall by planting your own veggie garden with root crops, garlic and greens | Home/Garden

Now that we are moving into the cooler weather of October, it’s time to start seriously thinking about your fall vegetable garden.

If you don’t keep your vegetable garden productive through the winter, you are missing out on some of the most delicious vegetables we can grow. There is an amazing selection that can only be grown here during the cool season from October to May.

Another reason for putting in a fall vegetable garden now is the mild weather. No matter how much you love gardening, you have to admit that it’s more enjoyable when the daytime highs are in the 70s rather than the 90s. And during the cool season, we generally have fewer insect, disease and weed problems to deal with compared to summer gardens.

Make your bed

Whether you are planting into an existing vegetable garden or starting a new one, you must pay careful attention

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1920s complex built to house orphans offers a taste of Spain — in the middle of Marrero | Home/Garden

Some buildings are eye-catching because they’re so grand. Others are eye-catching because they’re unique. Still others stand out simply because they feel somehow out of place.

Reader Brian Gros recently came across one that fits all three of those descriptions.

“Can you tell us about the white Italian villa on Barataria Boulevard in Marrero?,” Gros recently wrote.

Architecturally speaking, it’s Spanish, not Italian — but if you’ve seen the complex about which Gros writes, chances are you remember it.

Covering an estimated 10 acres and including several buildings in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, it looks like the sort of mission complex you’d come across in San Antonio or a Clint Eastwood movie.

It is Hope Haven, founded in 1916 as an industrial cooperative farm by the Rev. Peter Wynhoven to serve as a home, school and source of practical training for orphaned boys who had aged out of the

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LSU Garden News: Those tiny moths you see are producing webworms that are killing your lawn | Home/Garden

Across the state, lawns are in trouble.

Sod webworms are the main culprit this year, said LSU AgCenter Extension specialist Ron Strahan.

“The numbers are biblical,” Strahan said. “We have observed nearly every house on a single street with damage in the lawn.”

The first sign that your lawn might have a problem are small moths that are light brown to dark brown with striping on the wings. They fly around as you walk through the grass or around outdoor lights at night. These moths lay eggs on grass blades.

Larvae hatch a week or so later, maturing into adult moths in three to five weeks. There can be two or more generations each year.

Larvae are amber in color but become greener as they feed on the blades of grass at night, causing damage to the lawn.

Another sign of sod webworms are yellowing and browning patches of dead

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