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Week of May 17, 2017

Vegetable seeds like beans and corn are best planted directly in the ground when the soil has warmed enough to favor germination. But the new sprouts are vulnerable to pests like birds. They will pluck the newly sprouted seed right out of the ground. Protect your sprouts with bird netting or lightweight floating rowcover, like Agribon AG-15 or AG-19. Leave it on until the sprouts are big enough then birds will not bother them.