This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
I think your correspondent in a recent issue is in error in the assumption that beech and chestnut thrive only on soils of other than limestone formation. The fertility and recuperative capacity of the famed blue-grass region of Kentucky is due to the disintegration of its limestone rocks, which are of unknown depth. The chestnut on our place grows finely, and I think in nursery row we have trees that have grown ten feet high in four years. This tree is not found native to the soil of our county, but there are a score or more of as fine trees as you would wish to see in the suburbs of Lexington. They are both healthy and productive. There are a few beech trees of native growth in this county, and in the adjoining county of Scott there are some magnificent beech woodlands. The soil of Scott county, like that of our own, is purely of limestone formation. Lexington, Ky.