School: Drumcrow

Drumcrow, Co. Cavan
B. Boylan

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Herbs and Weeds

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0982, Page 180

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The harmful weeds that are on the farm are as follows nettles, thistles, docks, deaf-nettle, red-shank, crowfoot, chicken weed, robin-run-the-hedge, harens and dandelions. Those weeds are harmful because they spread rapidly and kill the crops. They also use up all the plant - nourishment in the soil.
Those weeds grow best in good land and grow mostly in potatoes. The people use some of those weeds for food for animals. The following are a list of the weeds given to animals for food ivoy, holly, horns, dandelion, and chicken-weed. Some of those weeds are given to the animal when sick as follows ivoy, dandelion, and holly.