This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
E. G. says: "Many questions relating to the culture of forests, orchards and gardens in Kansas are yet unsettled. We have learned that forest and fruit trees suited to the southern part of Kansas, are not always a success in the northern portion of the State. We know that trees which promise well south do not succeed in the vicinity of Manhattan even. We have to accept the fact that the experience of the eastern counties will not avail for western, or even central, Kansas garden plums in value, but which, from various causes, have so disappeared from cultivation that many persons now-a-days have never had a system of experimental stations at the most feasible points throughout the State. The commission have organized and commenced their work in securing the promise of individual cooperation from different portions of the State. The work already done gives gratifying evidence that we shall be able to very largely utilize the work of individual enterprise, at really little expense to the society, at the same time making it as available to the interests of horticulture as though owned by the State.
It is the design of this commission to thoroughly organize its work, by making these several stations the points of systematic and regular observations and experiment, with Manhattan, for the present, as the common centre. By this course the commission hope to collect a large amount of valuable facts which would not otherwise be made available; and propose to report the same to the State Society at the close of the year.