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IOWA SEED COMPANY, DES MOINES, IOWA 29

ENDIVE-Ger. Endivien. One ounce will sow sixty square feet. Endive is one of the best and most wholessome salads for fall and winter use. Sow early and thin, cover slightly. Soon as large enough thin to nine inches apart. When leaves are eight inches long, tie them together with string near the top to blanch, this must be done when quite dry. Before cold weather, take up for winter, being careful to leave a small amount of dirt around the roots. Extra Curled-Per 1/4 lb. 75c, oz. 20c...........

GOURDS.

The following four varieties will be found quite serviceable in any household. No one would think, without having tried them, of the many uses they can be put to. Cultivate as Cucumbers; or they may be trained over lattice work or utilized to cover stumps or fences. Dipper-Makes a more light and conven ient dipper than can be bought. Dippers of various sizes, of a capacity of from a pint to a quart and a half, can be had from a few vines. Per oz. 20c......................

[image] - Ladies bonnet made from dish rag gourd

LUFFA, or DISH CLOTH-The pecu liar lining of this fruit, which is sponge like, pourous, tough, elastic and durable, makes a natural dish-cloth. The fruit grows about two feet in length, and the vine is very ornamental, producing large, clusters of yellow blossoms, in pleasing contrast with the silvery-shaded, dark, green foliage. It also makes a handsome and neat Ladies' Summer Bonnet, very unique and tasteful suitably trimmed and ribboned. (see illustration.) For the bath, and for all uses of the toilet in gen eral, the "Dish-Rag Gourd" is taking the place of the sponge. It is, in fact, a sponge, a soft brush and a bath glove combined, and is almost indestructible. The seed should be started in a hot-bed or in the house. Per oz. 50c...................

Sugar Trough-Very convenient for buck [image] ets, baskets, nest-boxes, etc. Sometimes grow so large as to hold ten gallons each; per oz. 20c.........................

Nest Egg-Very closely resembles an egg and makes an excellent substitute for a nest egg. Housewives will also find them handy in darning stockings; per oz. 25c......................................................

Mixed Utility Varieties-The above four kinds mixed; per oz. 25c........................

For Ornamental Gourds, see Flower Seeds.

IMPROVED GROUND CHERRY The fruit has a pleasant strawberry-like flavor, and is much esteemed, and by some is considered indispensible for pies, sauce, etc. See description with novel ties; per oz. 40c; 1/2 oz. 25c....................

HERBS. See list at end of Vegetables.

HORSE RADISH SETS. See list of Vegetable Plants.

KOHL RABI-Ger. Kohlrabi. One ounce will sow a 200 foot drill. An excellent vegetable, intermediate be [image] tween the Cabbage and Turnip. Sow in rows in May or June, eighteen inches apart, thinning to eight inches. between the plants. Cook as Turnips. Early White ViennaFlesh white and tender; best market sort; per lb. $2; 1/4 lb. 65c; oz. 20c..................

Early Purple Vienna-Per lb. $2; 1/4 lb. 65c; oz. 20c...........................................

KALE, or BORECOLE-Ger. Blat ter-Kohl. One ounce will produce about 3,000 plants.

This most excellent vegetable deserves to be more generally cultivated, being hardier than Cabbage, and furnishing most excellent greens during winter and spring. It is also a splendid winter food for poultry. It is quite hardy and is improved by frost. Cultivate same as Cabbage. For winter, sow in Sep tember and treat as Spinach, giving it a light covering of straw or litter to protect from severe cold. Dwarf German Green-Best for winter greens; per lb. $1; 1/4lb. 35c; oz. 10c........

Tall Curled Scotch-Per lb. $1; 1/4 lb. 35c. oz. 10c...................................................

May 28, 1889. The seeds were all right as per order and all are growing nicely. " T. A. JONES, Beacon, Iowa.

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30 SEED CATALOGUE AND GARDEN GUIDE.

LETTUCE--Ger.Lattich.

One qunce will sow 120 feet of drill.

Probably no vegetable is more universally used than Lettuce, and to be fully appreciated must be brought to tbe table fresh and un wilted. As it requires but little room, and is of the easiest culture, there are few families that cannot have it direct from the bed. The quality of Lettuce depends largely upon a rapid and vigorous growth. Sow in hot-beds in March and in open ground as early as it can be worked, thinly in drills one foot apart. For a succession, sow every three weeks during the season. The soil should be rich and mellow. Thin out plants as they grow, so that the plants left to head will stand 10 to 12 inches apart in the rows. Early Curled Simpson-An improved va riety of the Curled Silesia with large, loose heads and excellent flavor; per lb. $1.00; 1/4 lb. 30c; oz. 10c................................... TENNIS BALL, or Boston Market One of the earliest heading varieties, being very compact and solid, good for hot bed culture, but it runs to seed so rapidly that for outdoor culture it is not recom mended; per lb. $1.00; 1/4 lb. 35c; oz. 15c HUBBARD'S MARKET-This variety of Lettuce is one of the best forcing Let tuces ever introduced. Its merits are: Good size, compact although not solid heads, fine flavor, hardiness and long keeping quality after being cut; per 1/4 lb. 50c; oz. l5c.........................................

All the Year Round-Excellent, very large, dark green color, quite curly, don't form solid heads, but is very compact. As its name indicates, it is good for all sea sons; per 1/4 lb. 50c; oz. 15c.....................

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HANSON-Extra large and solid heads, light green. This is the favorite variety with Des Moines market gardeners; per lb. $1.00; 1/4 lb. 35c; oz. 15c .....................

Black-Seeded Simpson-Nearly double the size of the ordinary Curled Simpson; stands the summer well. Excellent for forcing per lb. $1.00; 1/4 lb. 35c; oz. 15c. Salamander-Excellent variety for sum mer use, as it withstands the heat and drouth admirably and is very slow in run ning to seed. Forms immense heads 12 to 24 inches in diameter, although not very solid, attains size early, light green; per 1/4 lb. 50c; oz. 15c..............................

Green Fringed- It is a very delicate shade [image] of green, the inner parts of the leaves white with the edges beautifully cut and fringed. Quality is not as good as some other varieties, but its handsome appear ance makes it a good selling variety; per 1/4 lb. 40c; oz. 15c.................

DEACON-This is one of the dark green, thick leaved sorts, nearly all of which are of good quality. Head compact, roundish or a littel flattened when of full size. Outer leaves few in number, which with the perfectly defined head give the plant a very distinct appearance; 1/4 lb. 45c; oz. 15c............................................

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Oak Leaved Lettuce-The distinguish ing feature of this new variety of Lettuce is in its oak-shaped leaves, the broader part set to stem and pointed at the tip, this giving it a very unique, handsome and attractive appearance. It is of quick growth and possessed of fine flavor and extreme tenderness; per 1/4 lb. 65c; oz. 20c.

New Tomhannock-This forms a beautiful plant. The edges of the outer leaves are of a glossy reddish bronze handsomely wrinkled; within the leaves are almost white. In our test it made large heads quicker than any other variety; per 1/4 lb. 60c; oz. 20c............................................

Burpee's Hardhead-Very large, dark brownish green, forms good solid heads of good quality. Grows slowly and stands heat well; per 1/4 lb. 50c; oz. 15c.............

Brown Dutch-Head of medium size. Very hardy, and the leading variety for winter use; per 1/4 lb. 35c; oz. 10c...........

Mixed Varieties-Seed of about twenty early, medium and late sorts mixed together, thus giving Lettuce for the table during the entire season, and giving an opportunity to examine all the leading varieties with but little expense; per lb. $1.50; 1/4 lb. 60; oz. 20c...........................

We can also furnish Early Curled Silesia, Prize Head, Ice Drumhead,

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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Black Seeded Tennis Ball, Golden Heart, Curled India and Paris White Cos Lettute seed at per lb. $1.25; 1/4 lb. 50c; oz. 15c.

LEEK-Ger. Lauch. One ounce will sow 100 feet of drill. This is a branch of the Onion family, and is preferred by some to the Onion. Sow early in spring, and when plants are three or four inches high, thin to eight inches apart. Hoe the earth well up to the stalk to blanch it. London Flag-Very hardy; per 1/4 lb. 50c. oz. 15c...................................................

LARGE ROUEN-A favorite variety with market gardeners. Largest and most uuiform of all; per 1/4 lb. 75c; oz. 20c.......

MARTYNIA--(For Pickles,) One ounce will plant 100 hills. Plant in May, in hills four feet apart. The seed pods, which are used quite largely for pickling, should be gathered when they are green and tender. See novelty list for more full description ; per 1/4 lb. 75c; oz. 25c.............................................

MELON-Musk -Ger. Melone. One ounce will plant about 80 hills; two pounds to the acre. The soil best adapted to the culture of Mel ons is a warm, rich, sandy loam. Plant in hills five or six feet apart each way, ten to twelve seeds in a hill. When they begin to vine, thin out, leaving only four of the most thrifty. As Melons are very sensitive to cold, they should not be planted till the settled warm weather sets in, in this latitude about the middle of May. Cultivation should com mence as soon as the plants appear above the ground, and be kept up once a week until the vines interfere too much. OSAGE-See Novelty List; per lb. $I.75; 1/4 lb. 60c; oz. 20c.....................................

EMERALD GEM-See Novelty List; per lb. $1.25; 1/4 lb. 45c; oz. 15c.................

IMPROVED EARLY HACKENSACK [image] -This new candidate for public favor holds its size, rich flavor and other good qualities re markably well, and withal is a great im provement on the Turk's Cap or Hackensack in that it is fully ten days earlier. All should try it; per lb. $1.00; 1/4 lb. 30c; oz. 10c................

Jenny Lind-A small very early Melon of most delicious flavor; almost round, flat tened at the end; distinctly ribbed and finely netted, green fleshed; per lb. 75c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c....................................

Golden Netter Gem-A very early, rather small round Melon, with thick light green flesh of luscious flavor. Very productive, of a handsome appearance and very uni form in size; keeps well after picking; per lb. $1.00; 1/4 lb. 30c; oz. 10c................

Orange Christiana-One of the earliest and most delicious of all varieties; per lb. 80c; 1/4 lb. 25c; oz. 10c.............................

Miller's Orange Cream-A splen [image] did novelty of 1887. Shal low ribbed, thin rind, finely netted; the flesh var ies from a light green to a rich salmon in color, ow ing we believe to its being a hybrid; flavor is very sweet; per lb. $1.25; 1/4 lb. 50c; oz. 15c..........................................................

The Princess-This new variety is nearly round, with heavily netted dark green skin; the flesh is of a rich salmon color, and in flavor is sweet and lucious beyond description. They ripen early and grow to good size, frequently weigh ing eight to ten pounds each. This is a grand new variety which it will pay you well to try; per lb. $1.35; 1/4 lb. 50c; oz. 20c..........................................................

Skillman's Fine Netted-Fresh green, sugary and excellent quality; per lb. 60c; 1.4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c.................................... Green Citron-Per lb. 60c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c..........................................................

Improved Green Nutmeg-Fruit oval, good size, rich exquisite flavor; a gen eral favorite; per lb. 60c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c..........................................................

Bay View-This variety which is so rapidly growing in favor is of large size, delici ously rich, sweet and luscious. Our crop of this did magnificently, and our seed cannot be excelled; per lb. 60c; 1/4 lb. 20c oz. 10c.....................................................

Improved Cantaloupe-Large size, flesh light green, most delicious flavor, super ior for market or private gardens; per lb. 60c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c.............................

Surprise-Thin, cream colored skin, thickly netted; flesh deep salmon color, very thick and highly flavored; surprisingly productive; per lb. 75c; 1/4 lb. 25c; oz. 10c.

Montreal Market-Uniformly of large size, averaging from fifteen to twenty pounds in weight. Flesh very thick and of find flavor; per lb. 75c; 1/4 lb. 25c; oz. 10c....................................................

April 30, 1889. Seeds came to hand all right. Please accept thanks for extra packets. A. W. McDONALD, Center Junction, Iowa.

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