This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V23", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I have collected a few thoughts in reply to the inquiries of T. K., Chanute, Kans., of the November number. I am of the opinion that any variety of Apple will succeed here under favorable circumstances that can be grown any where. The traveling Agent has canvassed every nook and corner of the State, and has scattered an endless variety along the Neosho Valley, and they all seem to be doing well; even the old barren Yellow Bellflower is bearing profusely along the streams and upland prairie magnificent specimens, and the old condemned Newtown Pippin is producing fine solid specimens; and so is the White Pippin, Yellow Belmont, Esopus Spitzenburg, Baldwin, etc., and the Northern Spy, bears abundantly four or five years after planting; but these are not the varieties called for by the present tree planters. And we all here think we can beat the world growing Peaches, and have every kind that any body else ever had and some that were never heard tell of before. Nearly every cross road orchardist has a seedling just a few days earlier than any body else, or a little larger or a little better in quality.
I have a few of these wonderful varieties on trial, and hope in a year or two to report results.
I have seen as fine specimens of the Bartlett Pear growing here as I ever saw anywhere, and have not heard of any variety failing in this vicinity that has had a fair trial. I have quite a variety in my orchard, including the following varieties: Early Harvest, Keiffer's Hybrid, Le Conte.
The Wild Goose and Chickasaw Plums are more extensively planted here than any other varieties, but I have seen some very fine specimens of the Yellow Egg, Lombard and Green Gage, and am of the opinion that I can grow as fine Plums here as anywhere.
Any of the sour Cherries will, I think, succeed here, but there are some doubts as to some of the sweet varieties.
If T. R. will call on me when he locates at Chanute, I will take pleasure in giving him all the information I possibly can.
P. S. - Has any reader of the Gardener's Monthly ever fruited the Dyehouse Cherry in Kansas? Please report in the Monthly.