Video: Winter is the ideal time to plan your garden. If you're planting outdoors, it's also a good time to clear out weeds to keep them from seeding in your soil when the weather turns warm. It's also a great time to sow next year's seedlings.
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There are many plants out there that are mutually beneficial to each other, but some attract insects that are natural predators to pests in your garden. Take advantage of those properties to both protect and pollinate your garden.
Nobody likes mosquitoes, but the mosquitoes sure do love us. Spraying your skin with DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus keeps them at bay, but stores are full of wristbands, candles, clothing, and other products that claim to repel bugs without those nasty "chemicals." Some of them might help, but none are reliable.
You may already know common plants, like oleander or holly, that are harmful to dogs and cats, but if you're thinking of buying a plant and aren't sure if it is safe for your pet, the ASPCA's searchable index can help.