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 great art of gardening is not so much a great stock of experience as in the ability to so profit by experience, as to adapt one's knowledge to varying circumstances. In Great Britain with its moist atmosphere, a gardener may have great success in tree planting, while in the Atlantic United States, he would have to vary his practice very much to have the same success. So the one who may succeed very well in the East would fail utterly in the arid region of Central United States. Each great district requires very different treatment in trees and plants. There is Colorado, which on the levels has a much milder winter climate than the East has, and yet trees die very easily in comparison with those which are here. Those who went there with Eastern notions could not understand it, but students of the Gardeners' Monthly have learned that trees die in the Winter because the moisture dries out of them, and not merely by any low thermometrical range. As this knowledge spreads in Colorado, planters are achieving success. They protect them from the drying winds and the drying sunlight in the Winter season, and they have all the success they desire.
The following extract from the Greely Tribune is to the point:
"Dr. Law thinks he will raise some peaches this year, and certainly the present indications are decidely favorable to that idea. The trees are several years old, and from the first the limbs have been trained near the ground, that they might the more easily be covered with brush, leaves, and loose straw in the Fall. This prevents the alternate freezing and thawing to which they would be subject if unprotected, and the tenderest twigs have passed through the recent severe Winter uninjured, until now the fruit buds are almost ready to burst. The brush of course will not be entirely removed until all danger from frost is over. Some standard apple trees have also passed through several Winters without killing down".