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Stock-Raisers, and their Families. VOL It. NO. to. STARKVII.I H. A\ISS. Al'Rlt. t. tTO SO CENTS A YEAR. I I Spanish Peanuts Km I UK (*. \?. I 1 I i : I should like information through your excellent paper on the Spanish peanut, how to grow it and where to obtain the seed. J No. I. W. Russ, Red Kick, Miss. Answer by Kditor: Anv of * the seed houses advertising in the Ka/ctte should be able to sell the desired seed. It is a good practice to semi for the cata logues of such houses. They contain much information usual* |y. in addition to show mg where desired seed can be purchased. The Spanish peanut should l»e grown more for stock food than it is. ami will succeed <>n , more kinds of soil than the an eties of large peanuts. This 1 variety will grow on almost any •oil that is not too wet at any tune during the peanut growing •canon. It will probably be a •u* Cess where*, er the cow pea • will succeed. < >n many worn and infertile sandy mu's it will produce more for.igc and more grain than corn, do it w ith more certainty and in a shorter lime. It resembles the cow pea in that it in not can iy injured bv drouth and builds up the soil bv feeding in pirt on the nitrogen of the air. Uf>K raisers parti* ularly should plant Span sh peanuts. Cattle and horses will eat the whole plant am! poultry and hogs will cat the nuts heartily. In winter hog* and poultry will be eager ft»r thr fticlflrr too. Spanish peanuts could lie planted as 'ate as the first of An* past jn centra! Mississippi, and still make a pood yield. This piles an opportunity to plant a ‘Top in patches flial have had early potatoes or other truck during the first pat t of the sea son. ISy adding peanuts to the crops p’anted, one will diversify his farming more and tic surer of getting fair returns every year. Sols that have much decom posing vegetable matter will produce line rather than nuts. This posnt is not of so much im portance when theSpnv.sh va riety is grown, as when the Virginia varieties are grown. Prepare the soil as for planting corn; but make the ground fine and mellow 'I he breaking j should be deep and some time before planting the seed. Then work the surface thoroughly be fore needing. t'o\er the seed one an«l a half or two inches, ac cording to tile amount of mois ture in the soil. Have the drills about tv\o feet and a half apart and drop the seed from four to twelve inches in the drill. As some failures to secure many nuts have been reported when this variety of peanuts was not planted on sandy soil, it is hoped that those who have had experience with Spanish pea nuts will let readers of the (la /ette profit by it. Those who do, will please be particular to state what type of soil they used. (icttiiiK Information Kl»! M*H t i \/l I 1 I : 1. 1 would like to know whore 1 can pet about two bushels of cotton seed which is known as the Little Seed Lip Loll, and the price of same. 2. I would also like to know the best feed for little chickens. 1 have some now and a lot more to hatch so »o. They are Lull Lcphorns. 1 have five hens and one cock, and have pot from them since Jan. 1 -it is now Mar. * lot epps. I think they are the linest layers on earth. 'This is mv first experience with line c hie kens. Answer by Kditor: 1. 1 do nut know where this particular cotton seed can be pot 1 spend .. i. __x I« a I i * *1 *» *• i “ v » t, • * r* m II17 mg such information and do it gladly; but those making inqui ries would generally get quicker results and probab'ly more satis (aclory ones, if they would write to those advertising iu the (la ette. Suite subscribers con soler that the advertising columns alone much more than pay them for the price of the paper. Advertisers are always glad to give full information about what they advertise, and about their particular lines they are often in;* better position to give full information quickly than the editor of any paper could be. 2. 1 have raised many chick ens in iny time; and at first im agined it was economy to use mosses prepared at home to feed chicks. It was somewhat cheaper; but experi-nre later proved I could not raise so many chicks, nor would they develop so rapidly on wet messes pre pared at H »m •. The m it ter of digestion is an important, a vital one, with all young fowls. Ily keeping them in first class con dition they will stay alive and grow off rapidly m >re frequent ly than if given the wet home mixed messes. A young chick eats so little the first tew weeks of its life, that the cost of the prepared dry feed really does not amount to much. Such feed can be purchased from any one of several advertisers in the («a /ettc, and inquiries concerning prices, etc. should be sent direct to the advertisers. Anybody 1 • . . . ! * f . \ WIIU iliC W1C JU C pared chick iced should test it so he will know its value. This may he done by having two lots of chickens that are as near alike in all respects as possible, one being fed on the purchased feed and the other lot on wet home mixed messes as usual. This experiment is highly recom mended to doubters. Others might have experience different from mine, and only a test under their conditions will show what is best ter them. 1 feel sure, however, that most persons w ill have an experience similar to mine. It’s easy to secure two new subscriptions besides your own. K’emit $1 for the three, and make 5>u cents.