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.
There has come under my notice within a year, an orchard of Baldwin Apple trees upon one of the rocky hillsides of New Hampshire, which has never been ploughed; the ground was unusually rocky, sometimes so much so, that the trees could not be planted in straight rows. Upon this land the trees were set, manured liberally, and it is to-day as fine an orchard as Eastern New Hampshire affords, and there are many good orchards here. Here is an instance where the grass theory advocated by the Monthly has produced good results, both of grass and fruit. But most of our farmers are so negligent of their orchards, if they leave them in grass, that the trees are soon stunted and die. Therefore, for those careless ones, there is no other course except to plough amongst the trees. But to him who believes in fruit culture, and who follows it as a business, or out of love for it, and who intends to give his trees as good care as he would his cattle, then he can raise trees in grass as well as elsewhere.