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It doesn’t seem intuitive but cutting the top off your pepper plants can help them produce more peppers. TikTok creator @meggrowsplants shows the difference it can make.

DELTA, Utah — The coal plant is closing. In this tiny Utah town surrounded by cattle, alfalfa fields and scrub-lined desert highways, hundreds of workers over the next few years will be laid off — casualties of environmental regulations and competition from cheaper energy sources.

If you’re looking for an easier way to keep your plants dust-free and clean, use these plant dusting gloves @_forthehome recommends. You can also check for any issues with the leaves while you dust.

Succulents are often sold as the easiest houseplants to care for, but a couple of common mistakes can leave you with a mushy, moldy plant. Try these tips from @roominbloomnyc to keep them healthy.

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Jagged holes, typically in leaf centers rather than edges, indicate slug damage. The nocturnal gastropods feast on basil, cabbage, cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and ornamental plants like hostas, leaving a telltale slimy trail behind.

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Verticillium and fusarium wilt are soil-borne fungal diseases caused by different pathogens that result in similar symptoms.

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Caused by a calcium deficiency that mainly affects tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. Characterized by dark, mushy spots on fruit bottoms, the disorder typically results from inconsistent watering, improper soil pH, injured roots or excess nitrogen.

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Zucchini, squash, cucumber and muskmelon plants die quickly after blooming, without so much as a goodbye. But if you look closely, you'll see the small puncture holes in the bottoms of stalks and stems caused by these pests, which start life as moths that lay eggs at the base of plants. Inch-long white caterpillars follow and bore into stalks, killing plants as they chew their way around and out. And just when you think the damage is done, they cocoon in the soil until the following year, armed and ready to repeat the carnage.

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You started seeds in spring and watched as they sprouted, then watered, fertilized and even staked plants as they grew, while visions of summer salads, grilled vegetables and homemade pickles danced in your head.

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