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in the refrigerator and brought to room temperature to ripen. Asian pears should be allowed to ripen on the tree. Pick an apple every few days when harvest time approaches to determine the peak harvest time. Harvesting fruit before peak ripeness will help you to minimize problems with yellow jackets and sap beetles. Again, remove and dispose of all rotted or fallen fruit from trees for disease control. Finally, don’t forget the spring flowering bulbs. We are all familiar with tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus ~ the standard bulbs for spring flowering displays. To add variety to your bulb plantings, consider using some of the more

number of insect pests that overwinter and attack your plants next spring. Do not compost this debris, but dispose of it in the garbage. September is a good time to prune out the dead raspberry and blackberry canes that fruited this past summer. Fall fruiting raspberries like ‘Josephine,’ ‘Caroline’ and ‘Heritage’ can be mowed to the ground in late winter. If you happen to have a fig planting, harvest them when they soften slightly. Fall pears are beginning to ripen. Most pear cultivars are picked when background color begins to lighten, but fruits are still firm. Pears should be kept

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