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.
The London Journal of Forestry thinks that the work recently compiled by Dr. F. B. Hough, is a marked compliment to British foresters in this that he has copied " so largely from British works on forestry and the experience of British foresters " - and it has just reason to be proud. It is to be hoped some day, American experience may claim the same compliment in some work devoted to practical American forestry. There is an immense amount of useful experience in America, running over a hundred years back awaiting some friendly hand to take advantage of.
In contrast the Nebraska Farmer thinks it is time to ask something about "American Forestry, now that Dr. Hough is to visit Europe at an expense of $6, 000, in order to teach Americans how to plant forest trees. Nebraska and Kansas can communicate more practical information on that subject, free of charge, than Dr. Hough will learn and communicate in a lifetime".
With which we quite agree. We very much doubt whether Dr. Hough or any other gentleman, however excellent, can tell us more than the many complete works on European forestry already tell us; while on the other hand the actual facts of growth, the adaptation of soils and climate to special kinds, and hundreds of other practical points that we want to know, can only be learned by seeing what has been actually done in our own country. An American "Forester " would learn more by a visit to American nurseries, and American Forestry plantations in six months, than he could by plodding over Europe all his life-time. We do not dispute that there may be some profit in the end of such a visit, but it is a beginning at the wrong end.