Soil Preparation

Several species of soil insects (wireworms and white grubs) feed on the roots and seeds of garden vegetables. Many of these pests are harbored on weeds or grasses in the garden before vegetables are planted. The garden should be dug or plowed in the fall and again in the spring, at least three weeks before planting. This practice not only eliminates weeds supporting these pests, but also exposes many pests to drying, cold weather and predators. Rotating crops to new locations in the garden also aids in reducing insects.

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