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.
We see it stated that efforts are being made to introduce coffee culture into the Southern States; and that Government is either to recommend it, or in some way to be called on to aid it. It is a beginning at the wrong end. Let some one plant a few hundred trees, and show by the facts and figures that it can be done; but this importing trees by the thousand, and scattering them"pell mell" everywhere, does no good at all. Besides, it is very doubtful whether the coffee would do well in any part of our territory. In Liberia, where they have what is regarded as a peculiarly hardy and good kind, the temperature is very equable and the land low. Sixty degrees is about their lowest and ninety degrees their highest temperature; and it does not do well even here, when we go much over 5000 feet.