This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
C. B. P., Albany, Ills., writes: "I have just been looking over The Gardener's Monthly, for September, 1877, and noticed a note on the rapid growth of hickory, and I send you a little of my experience. I planted some fine, - what we here call Mississippi - hickory nuts, six years ago last fall, and they have grown from 6 to 16 inches in that time; also planted seeds of sugar maple five years ago, and they have grown 10 to 18 inches. Black walnut makes an average with me of 2 feet per annum, and in nine years a diameter of 7 inches".
[Our correspondent probably means that the hickory and sugar-maple have grown the height he says so much a year average in that time, for I surely it would be very exceptional for either of these trees, but especially the maple, to make only eighteen inches of absolute growth in five years. But the walnut is a well-known rapid grower even in its earliest stages of seedlinolife. - Ed. G. M].