This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Every one must understand that when a weevil eats the inside of a pea, it depends on the part eaten whether the pea grows or not. If only the cotyledons are eaten there is no reason why the seed should not grow, but if the little germ be devoured the growth is impossible. If we examine peas infested with weevils, we find that on an average four out of five of them have the germs eaten out, and thus we may safely conclude that about one pea in five may grow. Notwithstanding this simple way of settling the matter it is surprising that for a quarter of a century or more we have been pestered with articles in the agricultural papers on each side, one class affirming that a worm eaten pea will grow, the other that it will not. It would really seem that it needed not to set a hen to find out whether rotten eggs will hatch, but when it is asserted that they will it is as well to let them fix the bird and try. In this sense the remarks of Prof. Beal in another column are of great value. Surely after this we shall hear no more of the growth of buggy peas.
They are from a lecture given last winter.