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.
Col. Wilson tells the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, as we have often told the readers of the Gardeners' Monthly, that even here in the east, where we may depend fairly well on rain, it would often pay the gardener or farmer to get aid from irrigation. "It may therefore be moderately estimated that two tons of hay per acre would be secured in addition to what is now obtained, and this upon ten acres would amount to twenty tons of hay as a modest estimate of the yearly advantage of the possession of these facilities for irrigation. If the land otherwise has proper culture and nourishment this increased yield would amount to forty tons. There is positively no way in which our dairy farmers can increase so greatly the productiveness of their grass land.
" For vegetables and small fruits the value of water would be greatly increased in dry years, while for strawberries the benefit would be greater than anything of which cultivators have hitherto dreamed. Drought is the constant dread of the strawberry grower, as the strawberry is a thirsty plant and seldom gets water enough.
"That whenever a supply of water can be obtained, the cost of pumping it will not exceed three cents per thousand gallons for an amount of ten thousand gallons per day, pumped to a height of fifty feet above the surface of the water, which cost will include the necessary repairs and depreciation and interest on the cost of the necessary fixtures and reservoirs".