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 call particular attention to an article on Locust timber in this month's issue, as showing how much more profit there may be in timber raising than is generally supposed. It does not require a very long life to bring a plantation to profit. It is well to remember that profitable timber culture does not mean coyping what Mr. Smock has done, but in finding out just what is suited to one's soil and locality, and what is likely to be in profitable demand. In many parts of our country the Locust is so seriously affected by the Locust borer, that its growth is comparatively slow, and the quality of the timber injured. In other parts of the country the Locust leaf miner is a serious objection. Then the timber is unfit for railroad ties, or for any purpose where nailing to it is required, and all these, seriously limit its market. For mere posts, firewood, or street pavements, it is among the best of all woods.