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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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Arrange sunflowers in tall containers that provide good support for their heavy heads, and change the water every day to keep them fresh.

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

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Bacillus thuringiensis is applied as a foliar spray; after the targeted pest consumes the bacteria, it stops feeding and will die within a few days.

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Planting peas: To get the best head start, turn over your pea planting beds in the fall, add manure to the soil, and mulch well.

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

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Rhubarb: Rhubarb can be planted from crowns in spring or in autumn. Choose a sunny or semi shaded spot on rich, fertile soil.

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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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Insecticidal soap controls various common garden pests including mites, aphids, scales, whiteflies, thrips and leafhoppers.

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Selecting the Perfect Apple: Check the apple firmness: Avoid apples that are noticeably soft, discolored, or indent easily after you press the skin.

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Planting Cucumbers: Cucumbers are best picked before their seeds become hard and are eaten when immature. Do not let them get yellow.

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A fresh, high-quality apple should have a pleasant aroma. This will vary by variety with some apples like Gala having a stronger fragrance than others.

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Applying Horticultural oil during the dormant period will prevent unintended harm to beneficial insects such as bees and ladybugs.

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Storage Citrus: Undamaged citrus fruits can be stored for several weeks at cool temperatures.

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Apples with full color have absorbed lots of sunlight which leads to great flavors.

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Harvesting peas: Peas can be frozen or kept in the refrigerator for about 5 days. Place in paper bags, then wrap in plastic.

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Planting onions: Practice crop rotation with onions.

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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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Growing strawberries: Roots should not be longer than 8 inches when plants are set out. Trim them if necessary.