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.
While there is a great deal of loose talk about the danger of the United States being without a stick of timber within the near future, there is no doubt but that it will pay now to plant some kinds of trees in some particular situations. There are yet millions of acres of American forests growing up or in decadence, and which will not to-day bring $5 an acre. Near some large consuming centres timber has become scarce, and in prairie countries it has to be planted. But there has really become a scarcity of black walnut, and there is little danger of any one "investing in a dead horse" who plants it. When traveling through Indiana some weeks ago, the writer saw some logs that had brought $100 each. Even under the ordinary course of nature such logs could be produced in forty years in an Indiana climate; but with a little careful culture in infancy, such as one would give corn, we believe as good logs could be had in half the time. Thousands on thousands of people flock to the life insurance companies, paying, perhaps, from $100 to $1,000 a year for the future good of their families, starving the present that the future may be made rich, but which insurance would not yield anything like the sum ten acres of black walnut would do, and without all the annual drain on the family revenue.
Mr. Nuttall says in the Sylva, that the next neighbor to the black walnut, the butternut, yields as much sugar as the sugar maple. We have never heard of any further experiments in this direction than those quoted by Mr. Nuttall. Do our readers know anything about this? or whether the black walnut has also saccharine properties?