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FARMING TIPS

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

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

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

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

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Harvesting Citrus: The best indicator of ripeness is taste.

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Growing strawberries: Establish new plants each year to keep berry quality high each season.

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Planting Citrus: If the soil is not well-drained, plant the trees on a slight mound to prevent waterlogging.

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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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Growing strawberries: Planting site must be well-drained. Raised beds are a particularly good option for strawberry plants.

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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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Bacterium Insecticide: The israelensis strain targets mosquito larvae and fungus gnats.

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

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Planting peas: Make sure that you have well-drained, humus-rich soil.

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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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Planting peas: As with other legumes, pea roots will fix nitrogen in the soil, making it available for other plants.

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

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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.