This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Country Gentleman is cultivating the facetious. In a late issue it says:
"A correspondent of the Gardener's Monthly, living in New Hampshire, furnishes an example of a successful orchard, with trees standing in grass. The land was never plowed, the ground being unusually rocky. The trees, however, have been regularly and liberally manured. The writer seems to have overlooked the fact that it was the manure and not the grass that made the trees grow and bear so well. We have heard of the farmer who found sawdust pudding an excellent feed for his cows; all that was necessary was to add liberally of Indian meal - and, in fact, the larger the proportion of Indian meal, the more satisfactory was the effect of the sawdust. We are reminded of this anecdote by much that is said in favor of grass in young orchards".
Our jovial contemporary may possibly come across another old almanac joke sometime which will "remind" him, that it is not the harrow which is of so much benefit in the "cultivated" orchard, as it is the man who drives the horse.