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Grapevine (Nov. 5)

Question of the week

Electric fireplaces are becoming more popular. What’s been your experience with them?

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Evergreen in a pot

If you have an evergreen in a container and you’d like to leave it in place through the winter, the book "Continuous Container Gardens" suggests protecting it from cold, drying winds and the cycle of thawing and freezing by moving the container to a protected place, up close to the house, for example. Or, the book says, "you could wrap it in burlap secured with twine, wind some grapevine around it, and add some lights. Presto! Simple winter beauty and plant protection, all in one go."

Moth-proof clothes

To keep moths away this winter, clean garments thoroughly and then store them in tightly closed containers, such as plastic bags or storage bins with tight-fitting lids, researchers say.

Laundering in hot water or dry cleaning kills the insect at all stages of its life cycle, including eggs. It also removes food stains, body oils and perspiration odors that can attract the larvae that feed on textiles.

If you have the freezer space and can’t wash the items in hot water, freezing them for three days before storage also kills eggs.

Cedar and some herbs are touted as having moth-repellent properties, but researchers say their effectiveness is limited. The Colorado State University Extension says lavandin oil, which is derived from lavender hybrids, is lethal to clothes moths, but it may be difficult to find repellents that contain it.

Regardless of how you store the garments, check them for infestation once a year.

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Holiday Tables ends today

Tables are decorated for the holidays as a benefit for and at the Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Tickets are $10. Lunch is served for $12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In Bloom at Botanica

Fall flowers, including this Wood’s Purple hardy aster, in the Three-Season Perennial Border Garden.