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are so quick in their growth that their plants come to maturity eariy will answer well, when carried from a southern to a northern climate, such as flax, turnips, &c. But Indian corn, it is said, will not answer, if carried far north or south of its native place. I have known, says Mr. Deane, seed of Indian corn carried as much as two whole degrees south from its native place, which was so much scorched by the greater heat of the sun as to produce little or nothing. And it is a fact well known that the species of maize, called Virginia corn, will not come to maturity in New-England.

An English writer observes that the practice of changing seeds is of little service, and recommends to cultivators, a few days before harvest to walk through their fields and gather the prime samples of every species of seed, and ever afterwards to continue the same practice, by repeating the operation of collecting the most perfect grain from the crops produced by such selected seed. The same observations apply to very variety of cultivated crops.

It may, however, sometimes prove useful to sow early seeds on cold backward lands, and the later sorts on dry and warm soils.

cheese sage, best method of making,

TAKE the tops of young red sage, and having pressed the juice from them by beating in a mortar; do the same with the leaves of spinach, and then mix the two juices together. After putting the rennet to the milk, pour in some of this juice, regulating the quantity by the degree of colour and taste it is intended to give to the cheese. As the curd appears break it gently, and in an equal manner; then emptying it into the cheese vat, let it be a little pressed in order to make it mellow. Having stood for, about seven hours, salt and turn it daily for four or five weeks, when