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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 onions: Select a location with full Sun where your onions would not be shaded by other plants.

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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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Dormant Oil: During the apple tree dormant stage, apply dormant oil to control overwintering pests.

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Harvesting Sunflowers: Handle sunflowers gently. The flowers should last at least a week in water at room temperature.

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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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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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Planting onions: Practice crop rotation with onions.

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

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

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

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Planting onions: At planting time, you can mix in some nitrogen fertilizer, too, and side dress every few weeks until the bulbing process begins.

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

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

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

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Harvesting Citrus: Citrus fruits will not ripen off the tree, so refrain from picking them too early.

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Planting Sunflowers: Find a well-drained location and prepare your soil by digging an area of about 3 feet in circumference to a depth of about 2 feet.