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.
Mr. F. P. Baker, of Kansas, in an essay before the Washington Convention of 1882, the proceedings of which have just been issued by the U. S. Agricultural Department, shows that though much of the tree planting stimulated by legislative and other pressure, has been ignorantly and uselesssly attempted, there has been a very encouraging degree of success. Every farmer in some districts has set out ten, twenty or thirty acres, cultivating them like an orchard tor a year or two until their own shade can keep down the weeds, and numbers of these are now growing up successfully, and most of these farmers could get the full value of their timber planting in any sale of the farm, should a sale be desirable. Estimates of growing trees are given, up among the millions. Governor Furnas, of Brownville, Nebraska, also contributes a very intelligent essay on the same subject, for his State. He thinks that there are over 244,000 acres of planted forests there that are successes. He gives a large list of forest trees that have been found to grow very well, and which are known to have valuable properties.