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 Country Gentleman tells of two neighboring orchards at South Haven, Michigan, one is"cultivated," and the owner raises fine fruit. The other allows his trees "to stand" in grass, and the trees are "mossy,""eaten by borers," have"yellow leaves," and "no fruit of any value." The only matter of surprise is that our cotemporary should go to Michigan for its example, when New York State can show as many such cases as Michigan. We do not believe Michigan one whit behind New York or any other State in its illustrations of neglected orchards; on the contrary, as the writer of this has seen with his own eyes, the fruit growers of Michigan are, as a whole, among the most wide-awake in the Union. We can assure our cotemporary that a neglected orchard has no more chance in New York than any other State. Only good culture can raise apples or any other fruit anywhere.