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

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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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Apples: If space allows then choose two varieties that will pollinate one another. In smaller gardens try growing fruit trees in tubs.

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Apples: A well established apple tree is a real asset, and there is an apple to suit every size of garden.

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

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Rhubarb: By the second year you will be harvesting succulent red stems, and once it settles in it will virtually look after itself.

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Blueberries are low maintenance, fruiting after about 3 years - and in the meantime make a very attractive patio plant.

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

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Get to know your apple varieties: You will want to get to know the characteristics of your favorites, including their color, size and shape.

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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 onions: Practice crop rotation with onions.

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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: pH should be between 5.5 and 7. If necessary, amend your soil in advance.

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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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Storage Cucumbers: They will keep for a week to 10 days when stored properly in the refrigerator.

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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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Apples with bruising or obvious signs of decay are not going to provide the best eating experience and should be avoided.

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Eat when you eat. Try not to do simultaneous activities such as typing, watching TV or driving when you eat. You will appreciate each bite even more.

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Fungicides: Fixed copper sprays are a garden staple used to control a wide array of fungal and bacterial diseases that attack apple trees.