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.
Taking up a copy of "Marshall on Gardening," published nearly a' hundred years ago, the author predicts that at the rate of destruction of timber trees in England the whole supply will be exhausted uin five years." In our own country there have been numerous predictions of a similar kind. Benjamin Franklin was sure that in twenty years (we believe, for we have not his exact words before us now,) American timber would also be all exhausted. We have always contended that these reckless statements and prophecies by men intelligent in certain lines of culture, but ignorant of what is practically being done, injure instead of advance timber culture, and for this reason we have done our best to expose their fallacies. There is nothing so sensitive as capital; and when we ask capital to go into timber culture, tell it there will be no timber in so many years, and capitalists know that this cry has existed for a century, or even centuries, and that there is timber still, and likely to be, capital shrinks and goes elsewhere. It takes some time for money to return after it is invested in forest planting, and one inclined to plant for profit will and ought to have the exact facts and figures to work on.
There are numerous places in our country where we are sure timber culture will prove a certain and profitable investment; but just where these are and what timber is profitable to grow, require careful and cool investigation.
We are moved to these remarks by the "Forestry Annual of the Iowa Horticultural Society," printed for gratuitous distribution to Iowa tree planters. The Society collects all the facts possible about Iowa tree planting and gives it to the public in this useful form. This is the sort of work America wants, and is worth a thousand trips to European forests, or tons of reprints made up of newspaper clippings, or of extracts from threadbare stories of the marvellous kind. We believe this valuable record of experience can be had of Prof. J. L. Budd, Ames, Iowa.