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.
On page twenty, January number, editorial notes, there appears an article under the head of "Forestry in Dakota," criticising the manner in which the tree planting along the line of the Northern Pacific Rail Road is carried on. In June, 1883, I was requested by Gen. H. Haupt, then General Manager of the Northern Pacific R. R., to make a personal examination of the work of tree planting being done by the company, and report the condition in which I found the same, and if not in accordance with my experience, to recommend remedies for correction of errors made. July 2nd, I reported the work a failure. My report covers the points you make in your criticism, and more fully goes into detail. I also apply the remedies for successful forest growing for that dry climate. September 1st, I took charge of the tree planting for the company, and prepared the land to be planted this coming spring. From the present plan of retrenchment adopted by the company the work will probably be abandoned the present year, which will practically end the work, as an abandonment of one year will abrogate all that has been done in the past.
With proper preparation of the ground, with the right varieties of trees, in first class condition, and well and properly planted and cultivated, forest trees can be grown in northern Dakota as well as in Iowa or any other prairie state or territory.
Sioux City, Iowa. [We are glad to find that Western foresters are alive to the endeavor of showing that this miserable failure should not operate against general tree planting in Dakota. As General Haupt's name has been mentioned, we are the more surprised that the company should have been led so unintelligently into a scheme which, by its failure without explanation, would act so disastrously to its own interests. General Haupt is an old Phila-delphian, and was at one time a successful amateur horticulturist, and certainly knows the difference between good planting and bad. It was probably the pressure of a tree peddler, under which the strongest man sometimes succumbs, that led the company into a scrape like this. - Ed. G. M].