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 have just been reading an article in the Gardeners' Monthly, written by Prof. Buckhout, which has rather surprised me a little. It relates to the choice of soil by trees, and states that chestnuts will not grow on limestone land. There seems to be no choice in this region (Berkshire county) for I see them growing in almost every situation, and in all the different kinds of soil that are capable of growing other trees - limestone, marble, clay, gravelly or loamy. I am glad this question has come up as it is an interesting one to study, and if it would be of any interest to you I will make some inquiries of my neighbors and get their opinions on this matter. I remember, when a boy, I lived in New London, Chester county, Pa., and the farmers used to haul chestnut rails several miles to a limestone region and exchanged them for limestone, and burned it in their own kilns. May it not be possible that there is something else wrong with the soil in Pennsylvania and not limestone the fault? Glendale, Mass.