Like many other old practices, almost every one who grows a variety of the running or vin-ing bean, sets poles from eight to twelve feet high upon which to train them. One of our correspondents writes us that last year, from want of time to do the work, he neglected this part of pole-bean growing, and realizing so well from his neglect, he this year followed it up. This year, however, he spread a little coarse apple-tree brush along the ground, and over that, just a little raised from the ground, grew the bean vines, producing him a crop fully equal to any he ever obtained from the best of care in training to poles. He argues that, "the shade given by the vine when trailing over the brush is a great advantage in keeping the earth moist and at an even temperature ;" and that, "the effect of strong winds is also much less injurious to the vines." We hope further experiments will be made in the coming year - for if this brushing is equally as good as the poles, certainly considerable expense is saved in the crop.