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 has often been noted in our magazine, that Forestry experience in Europe is of little value for forest culture in our country. The English Oak, for instance, which is so slow a grower in England, that it lasts for a thousand years in some instances, will reach its climax, and get on a downward track in less than a hundred in our country. It is of amazing growth in America. The writer has had twelve posts made of a tree which was planted but twelve years before. How slow the same tree grows in England is palpable from the history of the tree in which King Charles hid himself in the waod of Boscabel, after the battle of Worcester, in 1651. This must have been an old tree, of some size then, to be able to hide from view, by its ivy-covered trunk, the poor, pursuit-pressed King, from the troopers who passed beneath its branches. Yet at the present time it is only twelve feet three inches in girth at four feet from the ground. This would give only about two feet of growth from the centre of the tree, and gives but sixty hundredths of an inch increase per annum in 400 years!
No wonder Europeans look upon forest growing as the work of centuries ! There is no doubt but with the light of American experience, a judiciously planted and properly cared-for forest would be in good timber use inside of fifty years.
This thought may be of comfort to those who are so much worried over the future of American timber. We can soon reforest whenever it shall be really profitable to do so.