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.
"J. B.," Sa-lina, Kansas, says : " I have a cottonwood growth at my place two years old, of sixteen inches in circumference and over twenty-two feet high. In 1880, I sent a sunflower stalk to the national fair at Bismarck, that grew alongside of some road, twenty-two and one-half feet long, six inches in circumference, and was enough for one man to carry. Time of growing, little over three months. My neighbor has a German prune tree, very young yet, that had over five hundred prunes on. Last season peaches sold from $1 to $3 a bushel, and this all in a droughty year".
[This is wonderfully good, especially for a place so far towards the desert as Salina. - Ed. G. M].