This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Sowing the Cow-pea, and ploughing the vines under as green manure, is very common in the South. The Southern Enterprise notices a patch of forty-one acres ready for turning down, on the farm of Mr. Peters, near Calhoun, in Georgia, which was sown in June 14th, putting two bushels to the acre. On the 12th of September three feet of the vines were flat on the ground making a mass of vegetable matter as high as one's hips, and from the hips to the waist the tops were erect. Three-horse ploughs are used to turn them down.