24. SEED CATALOGUE AND GARDEN GUIDE.
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most delicious of vegetables. Any soil that will grow Cabbage will grow Cauliflower, as their requirements are very similar; but as the product is more valuable, extra manuring and preparation of the soil will be well repaid. Culture same as Cabbage, except that they need a cool and moist atmosphere and should be watered during dry weather. As the flower heads appear, the large leaves should be broken down over them to shield them from the sun and rain. Our stock of seed is the best imported. Don't fail to try it. These are the best varieties.
HENDERSON'S EARLY SNOWBALL- Throughout the country this is considered not only the earliest of all Cauliflowers, but it is more certain to make a head than any other sort. Its dwarf habit and short outer leaves allow it to be planted as close as 18 to 20 inches apart each way, thus making it especially valuable for market gardeners. Dr. E. L. Sturtevant says that this variety stands at the head in his test of 38 kinds, forming first head in 97 days, and above average in size. Our stock is grown by the originator, and cannot be excelled; per oz. $2.50; 1/4 oz. 85c... 20.
VICK'S IDEAL DWARF- Plants very dwarf, outer leaves erect; can be set closely; equally good for early or late planting; per oz. $6.00; 1/4 oz. $1.75... 25.
Extra Early Dwarf Erfurt- Valuable for forcing. A very popular variety in Europe and with Eastern gardeners. First quality; per oz. $2; 1/4 oz. 60c... 10.
Early Paris- Well known; per oz. 50c... 10.
Early London- Standard English sort; per oz. 50c... 10.
Lenormand's- Best for late use; per oz. 65c... 10.
Cauliflower Plants- See list Vegetable Plants.
CELERY- Ger. Seleri.
One ounce will produce about 6,000 plants.
This we consider one of the luxuries of the garden. No one who has once used it will be without it, and as it usually is so expensive in the market, the following simple directions are given, by which everyone who has a garden can supply themselves with it:
For first crop sow the seeds early in hot beds, or in boxes in the house, or later in open ground, in rich moist soil, covering the seed very lightly. When the plants are about three inches high, transplant to four inches apart each way in a rich well pulverized bed.
The tops are shorn off once or twice before planting, so as to insure "stocky" plants, which suffer less on being transplanted. After the ground has been well prepared, lines are struck out on the level surface, three feet apart, and the plants set six inches apart in rows. If the weather is dry at the time of planting great care should be taken that the roots are properly "firmed."
Keep clear of weeds until about the middle of August, when it will be time to begin earthing up. Draw the soil up against the plants with a hoe as closely as possible, firming it enough to keep plants in an upright position.
Later in the season the blanching process must be finished by digging the soil from between the rows and banking it up clear to the tops on each side of the row of Celery.
Considerable labor is saved by growing the self-bleaching varieties.
KRAEMER- A novelty introduced by the
Iowa Seed Co. This delicious Celery was originated by Mr. Kreamer, one of the most careful and successful Celery growers in the country. It is the result of a careful cross, and is one of the very earliest sorts we have ever seen, coming into the market from the first to the middle of June. It grows very rapidly and is consequently extremely crisp and tender. It is of a close, compact, upright habit; bleaches readily and rapidly. The flavor is exquisitely fine and rich, partaking largely of a mild and delicious walnut taste; oz. 40c... 10.
Remember that $1.00 pays for seeds in packets to the amount of $1.35, and to deduct 10 cents per lb. if you have seeds sent at your expense.
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