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FARMING TIPS

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

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Fungicides: The copper fungicide disrupts the enzyme system of the pathogen and prevents the spores from germinating.

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

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

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

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Planting peas: Water sparsely unless the plants are wilting. Do not let plants dry out, or no pods will be produced.

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

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

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Planting Citrus: Citrus trees should be planted in a sunny and wind-protected area.

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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.

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