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.
It takes a long while for a good idea to take root. In 1871, when passing through the then young settlement of Greely, Colorado, the Editor of this magazine was called on to address the settlers on their needs, and amongst other things it was pointed out that the English Oak, having a remarkably deep tap root, would be just the tree to resist summer drouths, and to succeed in the dryer regions of our country wherever the winter atmosphere would not be too cold-dry to kill it. Only now do we see any sign of profit from this suggestion, and that not in Colorado but in California. The all-alive Professor Hilgard has found its growth remarkable under the most trying circumstances, and its value as a timber tree for the State almost beyond all doubt. We learn from the Pacific Rural Press, that he has managed to distribute seeds for general trial throughout the State.