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.
By Andrew S. Fuller, New York, Orange Judd Company. Possibly no branch of culture has had so many worthless treatises published about it as forestry. We take up a new one with repugnance, feeling that it may be but the same old story, not even freshly told. Mr. Fuller's name however gave hope of some progress. The reader will not be disappointed. He has the advantage of an actual experience in tree culture, and at the same time a scientific turn of mind which leads him to distinguish between a mere practical notion and a notion that can be satisfactorily accounted for. We do not care to be in a critical mood when a work of undoubted merit comes before us. It may be sufficient to briefly say that those who read the work will see that we could not agree with some of the ideas put forth about forests and rainfall, and which we regard as exploded now; nor perhaps could we agree with some of the suggestions made from a purely practical point of view, and to read of " the late Dr. Chapman " was quite startling with a letter from this excellent gentleman right on the table as we write. We may hope that the author of the " Flora of the Southern United States " will yet be many years among us. We must add a word of commendation for the publishers' part of the task.
Of late years works on forestry have not only been cheapened in their intellectual substance, but the binding has partaken of the same weakness. Here we have a book in which the binding is as solid and substantial as its contents. It is a treat to even look on a book like this among so many of its weaker comrades.