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Sunflowers grow best in locations with direct sunlight (6 to 8 hours per day); they prefer long, hot summers to flower well.

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Growing strawberries: Strawberry plants require 6-10 hours a day of direct sunlight, so choose your planting site accordingly.

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Growing Honeyberries: For the best yields on tasty Honeyberries grow them in pairs to increase pollination.

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Water blueberries with rainwater as the lime in tap water will reduce the soil acidity over time.

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Horticultural oil is a well known insecticide that can be applied at anytime during the year.

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Planting onions: Soil needs to be well-drained, loose, and rich in nitrogen; compact soil affects bulb development.

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Planting peas: Water sparsely unless the plants are wilting. Do not let plants dry out, or no pods will be produced.

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Planting Citrus: Citrus trees should be planted in a sunny and wind-protected area.

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Harvesting Citrus: Depending on the climate, citrus fruits may take 6 to 8 months to ripen.

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Harvesting Citrus: The best indicator of ripeness is taste.

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Visually examine the apple: Some marking on the fruit like a scuff or specks comes from nature and does not signal a bad apple.

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Planting peas: Peas will appreciate a good sprinkling of wood ashes to the soil before planting.

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Planting peas: It is best to rotate pea crops every year or two to avoid a buildup of soil-borne diseases.

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Visually examine the apple: As you check firmness, turn the apple completely in your hand to visually check for quality.

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Planting onions: Practice crop rotation with onions.

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Fungicides: Apple scab, European canker, fire blight and brown rot are a few diseases attacking apple trees that copper fungicides can control.

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Harvesting peas: If you missed your peas peak period, you can still pick, dry, and shell them for use in winter soups.

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Bacterium Insecticide: The kurstaki strain controls larval stages of butterflies and moths that feed on apple tree fruits and leaves.

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Planting peas: Peas are best grown in temperatures below 70 degrees F.

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Insecticidal Soap: Insecticidal soaps contain long-chain fatty acids, which are less toxic than chemical insecticides.