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FIELD PEA.

PEAS AND BEANS,

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shops, for soup, puddings, and other table requisites. These sorts bring the best prices.

FIELD PEAS are usually sown in drills about February or March. We consider them an uncertain crop; but when the weather and insects give them a chance, they pay very well.

FIELD BEANS are those, chiefly, which are used for the feed of horses. They are smaller and darker-coloured than the garden sorts. We have them dropped or dibbled in holes in February, and cut them in September. They are extremely subject to a destructive black insect, called the collier.These terrible foes to the bean crop, fix, at first, near the top bud; and sometimes invest the stalk, leaves, and pods, nearly all over.

TARES, or Vetches, are a small sort of beans ; grown not for the sake of the seed, but for the green herb, as cattle food. We generally sow them early enough to allow of their being fed off, or cut, so as to make room for a crop of turnips afterwards; or, if the land is to be prepared for a wheat crop, we sometimes plough them in as

manure.

Cow CABBAGES, called also drum-heads, are grown on some farms to a considerable extent, and to a very large size. The original stock, from which the cultivated cabbage is derived, and from which also we obtain colewort, borecole, cauliflowers, and brocoli, grows on cliffs by the sea-side, in Kent, Cornwall, Yorkshire, and Wales. In the wild state, we should scarcely know this plantas

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