This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
We have noticed of late quite a number of articles in different publications in regard to shelter for orchards, the most of them taking the position that shelter, in a majority of cases, is injurious to fruit trees; that orchards do much better where the wind and air can circulate unobstructed through them. My experience leads me to accept these views in the main. But, stop, in advocating such ideas are we not treading upon new ground? Have not the horticultural Solons been teaching for years that the only path to success in fruit culture was by protecting our orchards from the north and west winds ? Now, some of the best orchards I am acquainted with are planted upon a northern or western exposure, where the full force of the winds are felt. I have a pear orchard set in a similar position which has grown well and produced excellent fruit, and very few of the trees have died from blight or any other cause; while I am acquainted with an orchard near by that suffers more or less every winter; every spring some of the trees are found dead, caused by freezing and thawing during the winter. This orchard is in a warm position, protected from the cold winds. The sap in the trees freezes, and then when the sun in warm days thaws it the tree is ruined.
This is the disadvantage of too warm positions. Then I would say to some who are deterred from planting orchards because they consider their locations too bleak and cold, try a few trees and you may find you have one of the best positions for an orchard - better, I believe, than a warm sheltered valley.