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 following statistics of Locust timber cut on the farm of J. G. Smock, near Holmdel, Monmouth County, N. J., show the value of this tree, and the desirableness of planting it more extensively. This farm has several acres of banks and ground unsuited for tillage. About sixty years ago Locust trees were set out at wide intervals on these banks. The trees first set out were cut years ago. From these the whole area was covered by a thick second growth, and during the past year the trees of this growth were cut. These have been worked into fencing timber, and have yielded 4500 five-hole fence posts, which at forty cents, are worth $1800; 800 garden fence posts, at twelve cents, $96; and about 700 fence stakes; in round numbers the fence materials may be put at $2000. The cost of cutting is offset by the fuel in shape of tops which are unfit for other uses. From one grove thirty-seven hund-reths of an acre in extent, there were 1400 five-hole posts; 150 garden-fence posts; and 200 fence stakes cut. At this rate the product of an acre would be about $3000. It must also be stated that these Locust groves were in good grass and the pasturage thereon was an item not to be omitted, although in this case it was not estimated.
These figures show that the Locust tree is one of our most profitable forest trees, and its adaption to uneven ground, or side hills which cannot be profitably cultivated, adds to its value. The more extended use of this valuable wood ought to claim the attention of our people, and widen the area of its cultivation.