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FARMING TIPS

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

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Plant onions as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring, usually late March or April. Make sure temperature does not go below 20 degrees F.

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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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Growing strawberries: Strawberry plants require 6-10 hours a day of direct sunlight, so choose your planting site accordingly.

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

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

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

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

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

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Apples: Choose your apple carefully to suit your tastes and the size of your garden.

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Planting onions: Practice crop rotation with onions.

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

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