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.
Report on Manitoulin Island, by William Saunders, of London, Ontario. There is no reason why the western portion of British America should not be as prosperous as our own Minnesota and contiguous territory, but no one knows anything about its merits. The Dominion government seems awakening to the importance of gaining and spreading information about this country. This report of Mr. Saunders is in this line. It shows how rich are the resources of this section. We note that even in this high latitude the pears, apples, plums, gooseberries, currants and grapes have been tried and are perfect successes, though so far as known no pear trees are large enough to bear fruit yet.
Report of the Commissioners appointed under the order of the Council, April 3d, 1880. S. C. Wood, Commissioner of Agriculture for Ontario, Toronto.
This Commission was appointed to inquire into the agricultural resources of the province of Ontario, and this large and interesting volume of 550 pages is the result. It gives a new idea of the resources of the province. Few persons, we suspect, had any idea that its agricultural resources were so varied. Among other reports there is an extended one on forestry. Canada has always been regarded as a great lumber region, but we had no idea that there were so many of the larger and best kinds of trees that could be turned to practical account. In Canada, however, as here, there is much concern as to the future through the wanton depletion of the forests; but from what we gather here as to the ease with which so many kinds can be grown, it will not take long to bring up a new supply under forest culture, as soon as the scarcity comes to a point that will make artificial culture profitable. From what we can gather from this excellent report, Canada will still keep the lead as a lumber region long after all the native woods have been cut away, and artificial forests have to take their place.