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

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

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Planting onions: Soil needs to be well-drained, loose, and rich in nitrogen; compact soil affects bulb development.

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Harvesting peas: Pick peas in the morning after the dew has dried. They are crispiest then.

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

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Autumn fruiting raspberries are self supporting so you can plant them in containers or in clumps throughout your garden.

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

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

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

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Planting onions: Practice crop rotation with onions.

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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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Visually examine the apple: Some marking on the fruit like a scuff or specks comes from nature and does not signal a bad apple.

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

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Visually examine the apple: As you check firmness, turn the apple completely in your hand to visually check for quality.