This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V24", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
It must not be forgotten that the growth of forest trees left to struggle as they may, and perhaps with poor soil amongst other evils, affords no sort of guide as to the rapidity of growth, and time of coming into profit, which well cared for trees exhibit. In many cases there are sources of profit outside of the mere timber in trees. A correspondent of the Canadian Weekly Star makes a good point of this : " A grove of large chestnut trees, with about forty trees to the acre, has paid about $120 yearly per acre, for many years, from the fruit alone, which usually sells at $3 a bushel, while trees so grown yield much larger crops than the wild trees".