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.
The quotation of the law in your April number is incorrect. As the amended law now stands, it requires but ten acres to be planted on each quarter section of one hundred and sixty acres, and in like proportion on eighty and forty acres.
Five acres on each quarter section to be broken up (he first year, cropped the second, and the additional five acres broken. The third year five acres to be planted with trees 4x4 or 2,700 to the acre. The fourth year the remaining five acres which were cropped the third year, to be planted in the same manner. Trees to be cultivated for eight years when there must be 675 growing trees to the acre, in order to obtain a patent for the land.