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 paragraphs in the papers that the Pear is an utter failure in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Such sweeping statements are worth attention. The writer of this has seen Pear trees in Michigan as large as the oaks of the forest, and as sure to bear as abundant crops every year as an oak would be to bear acrons. He has an impression that he has seen similar results in younger trees in Iowa and Illinois, but in the Michigan case he has the trees now " in his. eyes." Why these should not grow well and bear good fruit on the Western as well as on the Eastern shore of the Lake, is not clear, and it is. worth a further inquiry whether there is any such universal failure as here implied, and if so,, why?