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Bacillus thuringiensis is a bacterium insecticide designed to target only certain types of pests without harming beneficial and predatory insects.

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

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Autumn fruiting raspberries are simple to maintain just shear the canes to ground level each February and look forward to another juicy crop!

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Rhubarb: For really easy fruit try growing rhubarb. Incredibly hardy in even the coldest of gardens!

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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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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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Planting onions: Practice crop rotation with onions.

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

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

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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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Harvesting Citrus: Harvest the fruit by cutting them off with pruning shears or by pulling the fruit stalk from the tree.

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

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

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