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IOWA SEED COMPANY, DES MOINES, IOWA. 39.

NEW SCARLET GLOBE--See Novelties; per lb. $1.00; 1/4 lb. 35c; oz. 15c... 5.

[image] NEW ROSY GEM RADISH

NEW ROSY GEM--This wonderful new Radish has won golden opinions in all sections of the country. The illustration is perfect from nature, and will give some idea of their great beauty. It is absolutely the earliest radish in cultivation. Their shape is perfectly globular, with rich deep scarlet top, blending into pure white at the bottom, excedingly [exceedlingly] tender, crisp and delicious, equally desirable for either the market or home garden, and should be planted by everybody; per lb. $1.00; 1/4 lb. 30c; oz. 10c... 5. NEW SURPRISE--Of very early, quick growth, the Surprise is remarkable for remaining in fine condition, without becoming pithy, longer than any other early Radish. By successive sowings the Surprise will keep the table constantly supplied with the very choicest Radishes. The skin is thin and colored a rich light brown. In quality it is par excellence, firm, juicy and of fine flavor; per lb. $1.00; 1/4 lb. 35c; oz. 10c... 5. Early Scarlet Turnip White Tip--Bright scarlet, tipped with white, very showy; per lb. 60c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c... 5. Early Scarlet Turnip--First early, round, white flesh; per lb. 50c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c... 5. EARLY DEEP SCARLET TURNIP--An improvement on the above, richer in color and smoother in skin; per lb. 60c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c... 5. White Turnip--Per lb. 60c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c. 5.

Scarlet, Olive-shaped--Very early; tender; prized by gardeners; lb. 60c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c... 5.

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FRENCH BREAKFAST--A very handsome table variety of medium size, quick growth and fine quality. It is oval shaped, scarlet tipped with white, very crisp and tender, a favorite variety wherever grown for early use; per lb. 60c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c... 5. Wood's Early Frame--A favorite variety with our market gardeners, as it is about ten days earlier than the Long Scarlet, which it very much resembles, although not quite so long; per lb. 65c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c... 5.

[image] Market Gardeners all like it. The Best Long Red Radish.

BECKERT'S IMPROVED CHARTIER--Decidedly distinct in appearance from any Radish in cultivation. Its form is well defined by our engraving, the color at the top being crimson, running into pink about the middle and from thence downward it is a pure waxy white; per lb. 75c; 1/4 lb. 25c; oz. 10c... 5. EARLY LONG SCARLET SHORT TOP--Very popular variety with gardeners and for family use; per lb. 50c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c... 5. GOLDEN GLOBE--One of the best summer Radishes, amber flesh, and keeps long in eating condition, extra fine quality and rapid growth; per lb. 85c; 1/4 lb. 25c; oz. 10c... 6.

March 1, 1889. The seeds I bought of you last year were all good. Mrs. MAUDE DIVELEY, Gibbon, Neb.

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WHITE STRASBURG OR HOSPITAL This new variety, after being thoroughly tested, has proven to be superior in quality and size to any other known variety being possessed of the finest flavor, combined with brittleness and quick growth, producing in six weeks' time, Radishes of a clear white color, from five to six inches long and three inches in diameter at the crown. But its distinguishing and most valuable characteristics are, that it will keep in an eatable condition a long time before going to seed, making it the most profitable early variety for the market; per lb. 75c; 1/4 lb. 25c; oz. 10c... 5. EARLY MIXED--A mixture of all the above named varieties. This will certainly take well for the family garden, as in it there is an assortment of all the best early sorts. They will make a handsome show on the table; per 1/4 lb. 30c; oz. 10c. 5. IOWA SEED CO.'S PERPETUAL WHITE SUMMER--See description with novelties; per lb. $1.50; 1/4 lb. 50c; oz. 15c... 5. Long White Naples, or Vienna--A long, clear white Radish, very handsome, crisp, tender and mild; per lb. 75c; 1/4 lb. 25c; oz. 10c... 5.

ALL SEASONS--Something entirely new. Money cannot buy it. Other seedsmen can't supply it. But we will give a package of the seed to each of our customers this year FREE, if they ask for it when ordering other seeds. See description in Novelty List.

White Lady Finger--A large, white, crisp variety, about as long as Long Scarlet, and similar in shape. A very desirable sort, decidedly the best of its kind ever introduced. A novelty of merit; lb. 90c; 1/4 lb. 25c; oz. 10c... 5. Giant White Stuttgart--Flesh and skin are both snowy white, very crisp, mild and of good flavor, suitable for pulling at any size; per lb. $1.00; 1/4 lb. 35c; oz. 10c. 5. CHINA ROSE WINTER--One of the best winter varieties, a general favorite, bright rose colored, flesh white, firm and of superior quality; per lb. 75c; 1/4 lb. 25c; oz. 10c... 5.

Long Black Spanish--A large winter variety, one of the hardiest, with dark green leaves, firm in texture, keeping until spring; per lb. 75c; 1/4 lb. 25c; oz. 10c... 5. California Mammoth White--A winter variety, growing twelve inches long, white fleshed, firm and of excellent quality. It is the largest Radish grown; per lb. $1.00; 1/4 lb. 40c; oz. 15c... 5.

RHUBARB, or Pie Plant--Ger. Rhabarber. One ounce will produce about 100 plants. Succeeds best in deep, rich, soil. Sow in spring in drills, cover one inch. Thin plants to six inches apart. Transplant in autumn or spring to permanent beds, three feet apart each way.

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Victoria, or Mammoth--Per lb. $1.65; 1/4 lb. 50c; oz. 15c... 5. Rhubarb Roots--See Miscellaneous List.

SALISIFY, or Vegetable Oyster--Ger. Bocksbart. One ounce will sow about 50 feet of drill.

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A delicious substitute for oysters in soups. Cultivate same as Parsnips. Salsify should be more generally cultivated. All who have once grown it continue to thereafter. MAMMOTH SANDWICH ISLAND--The best. See description in Novelty List. Per lb. $2.00; 1/4 lb. 65c, oz. 20c... 10. Long White--The standard kind; per lb. $1.50; 1/4 lb. 50c; oz. 15c... 5.

SPINACH--Ger. Spinat. One ounce will sow about 80 feet of drill; 10 pounds to an acre. This makes the finest "greens" of any plant in cultivation. For summer, sow early in spring in deep, rich soil in drills one foot apart, cover one inch. Sow at intervals of two weeks through the season. For very early spring use, sow the winter varieties last of August, and protect by covering with straw.

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LONG STANDING--Far superior to all others; leaves thick, fleshy and crumpled. Slow in running to seed. (See cut.) Per lb. 50c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c... 5. Round--Main market sort. Equally good for summer or fall; per lb. 40c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c... 5. Savoy Leaved--Per lb. 45c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c... 5. Prickly, or Winter--Per lb. 50c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c... 5. Viroflay--Grows to an enormous size and produces wonderful crops; per lb. 40c; 1/4 lb. 20c, oz. 10c... 5.

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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SQUASH--Ger. Kurbiss. One ounce early varieties will plant about 40 hills; one ounce late will plant 20 hills 4 to 6 pounds to the acre. Plant about the middle of spring in hills, the early sorts four to six feet apart, late varieties eight to twelve. Thin to three plants to each hill. The soil cannot be too rich. NEW GOLDEN BUSH--The best summer Squash yet brought out. It is thicker, larger and superior in every way to the old varieties. Very early. Try it; per lb. 65c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c... 5. White Bush Scolloped--Similar to above, color creamy white; per lb. 60c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c... 5. Early Bush Crook-Neck--Splendid summer sort; early, productive, very fine quality; per lb. 50c; 1/4 lb. 20c, oz. 10c... 5.

[image] PERFECT GEM

PERFECT GEM--Excellent both as a summer and winter Squash. Flesh fine grained, sweet and of a delicious flavor, very productive, a free grower and good keeper; per lb. $1; 1/4 lb. 30c; oz. 10c... 5. SIBLEY, or PIKE'S PEAK--New. See description on Novelty sheet; per lb. $1.25; 1/4 lb. 50c; oz. 20c... 10. Boston Marrow--This delicious variety is of a rich orange color all the way through, exquisite flavor; per lb. 65c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c... 5. American Turban--Fine grained, very dry, sweet, and of delicious flavor; for fall and winter use; per lb. 90c; 1/4 lb. 25c; oz. 10c... 5. MARBLEHEAD--A splendid winter variety, only equaled by the Hubbard. Shell very hard, of a light blue color, flesh fully equal to the Hubbard in quality; per lb. 75c; 1/4 lb. 25c; oz. 10c... 5. Brazilian Sugar--As its name indicates, it is one of the sweetest of all Squashes, the flesh being unusually fine grained and tender. They ripen early, and grow so vigorously that they are but little affected by the squash bug; per lb. $1.00; 1/4 lb. 30c; oz. 10c... 5.

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EARLY PROLIFIC MARROW--A most valuable acquisition. No variety for fall and winter can compete with it for earliness and productiveness, the two most important features for the market gardener, while its attractive color--brilliant orange red--good cooking and keeping qualities, make it popular with the consumer; per lb. $1.20; 1/4 lb. 40c; oz. 15c....

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NEW MEDITERRANEAN--The accompanying illustration, from a photograph is an exact representation, showing its handsome form. They grow about the same size as the "Hubbard," but owing to their very thick flesh will weigh much heavier. The outside skin is quite smooth, and of a pleasing red salmon color, while the flesh is of a beautiful rich yellow, very sweet, fine and floury; per lb. $1.25; 1/4 lb. 45c; oz. 15c... 5. MAMMOTH CHILI--Is certainly the largest variety of Squash (or Pumpkin, as some call it) grown. Specimens have been grown to weigh over 300 pounds, but to obtain this weight they must be forced by special culture, leaving but one Squash on the vine to mature. From 100 to 200 pounds is a common weight with ordinary culture. Flesh is thick [continued next page]

May 20, 1889. The seeds you sent were tried and found to be remarkably good. E. E. BUTTERFIELD, Templeton, Dak.

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[continued from previous page] and nutritrious [nutritious] for feeding stock; per lb. $1.25; 1/4 lb. 40c; oz. 15c... 5.

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HUBBARD--This old variety has for years stood the test of all rivals, and is undoubtedly the best winter Squash known; hard, green shell, flesh bright orange yellow, fine grained, very dry, sweet and rich flavored, keeps in perfect condition throughout the winter; per lb. 60c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c... 5. Vegetable Marrow-- A very popular variety with the English; per lb. $1.50; 1/4 lb. 50c; oz. 15c... 5. We can also furnish Early Yellow Bush Scolloped or Patty Pan, Essex Hybrid and Winter Crook-Neck Squash at per lb. 80c; 1/4 lb. 25c; oz. 10c... 5.

TOBACCO. One ounce will sow 25 feet square and produce plants for one acre.

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This is a paying crop, and will do well in this State. The following varieties have been thoroughly tested in this climate. Our seed of most of these was grown on the crown panicles of select plants. Early in the spring burn a brush pile on the ground to be used for seed bed. Then thoroughly pulverize the soil, digging and mixing in ashes. Sow seed very shallow. When plants are six inches high transplant into rows four feet apart. Cultivate thoroughly. MAMMOTH MUSCATELLE--See Novelty List; per 1/4 lb. $1.00; oz. 30c... 10. HESTER--Makes a fine cigar stock. It has size, shape, texture and color, and ripens early. It has greater adaptability over a wider range of soils and latitude than any other of the yellow varieties, and may, on this score, be considered the surest; per 1/4 lb. 75c; oz. 25c... 10. STERLING--The newest and brightest of the yellow type, and the earliest to ripen; per 1/4 lb. 75c; oz. 25c... 5. BIG HAVANA--A Hybrid Havana or Cuban seed-leaf. A heavy cropper of fine texture, delightful flavor, and the earliest cigar variety to mature and ripen; per 1/4 lb. 65c; oz. 20c... 5. Connecticut Seed-leaf--Well adapted to this climate; per 1/4 lb. 65c; oz. 20c... 5.

White Burley--Thrives best on a limestone soil; per 1/4 lb. 85c; oz. 30c... 5. Imported Havana--Per 1/4 lb. $1; oz. 35c... 5.

TOMATO--Ger. Leibesapfel. One ounce will produce about 1,500 plants. Sow early in March in hot-beds or seed-boxes, and when plants have four leaves, transplant to four or five inches apart; give plenty of air and endeavor to secure a vigorous and healthy growth. When all danger of frost is past, transplant to open ground, four to six feet apart each way. Well manured, light sandy soil is best, but it must be remembered that a surplus of manure stimulates leaf growth to the detriment of fruit. ATLANTIC PRIZE--The earliest of all. See description in Novelty List; per 1/4 lb. $2; oz. 60c... 10. Canada Victor--An early variety, originating in Canada; fruit solid, and of rich flavor; per 1/4 lb. 50c; oz. 15c... 5. NEW PEACH--See Novelty List. Per oz. 60c; 1/2 oz. 35c... 10. DWARF CHAMPION--See Novelty List. Per 1/4 lb. $1.25; oz. 40c... 10. TURNER'S HYBRID, or MIKADO--It is a rank, coarse grower, with thick stalk, and is enormously productive. The fruit is extra large in size and remarkably solid. An average specimen measured four by four and three-eighths inches in diameter, and weighed one pound. They ripen up evenly, and are entirely free from core; per 1/4 lb. 75c; oz. 25c... 5. CARDINAL--A large, grand Tomato. The fruit is smooth, of a deep cardinal color, with flesh of the same rich hue, without a green core, very thick and solid, ripens evenly, has no green spots or ends, is a good keeper, and hence is a good shipper, matures at the same time as the Trophy, a vigorous grower and very productive; per 1/4 lb. 60c; oz. 20... 5. OPTIMUS--Vines medium sized, but vigorous, healthy and productive, bearing its fruit in clusters of five. Fruit medium size, oval, very smooth, exceedingly bright, rich, crimson scarlet color, very free from cracks, and rotting less than any of the seventy varieties with which it has been compared; per 1/4 lb. 75c; oz. 25c... 5. Favorite--A large, smooth Tomato, very prolific and similar to the preceding; per 1/4 lb. 60c; oz. 20c... 5. PERFECTION--Somewhat larger than the Acme, ripens all over and through at the same time; is free from rot at the blossom end. We consider this one of the best Tomatoes grown; per 1/4 lb. 50c; oz. 15c... 5. Acme--Among the earliest, medium size, very smooth, solid clear through, great bearer; color dark red, tinged with purple; per 1/4 lb. 60c, oz. 20c... 5.

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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[image] LIVINGSTONS BEAUTY TOMATO.

LIVINGSTON'S NEW BEAUTY--This new variety originated with Mr. A. W. Livingston of Franklin Co., Ohio, and is one of the best ever introduced. Its beauty, size, shape, perfection, color, flavor, durability and productiveness make it desirable to all classes of Tomato growers, being of a very glossy crimson with a slight tinge of purple (lighter than the Acme.) Grows in clusters of four or five large fruits, (on a strong vine,) retaining its large size very late in the season; per 1/4 lb. 65c; oz. 20c... 5. Paragon--Best for canning; 1/4 lb. 60c; oz. 20c... 5. Trophy--One of the largest and best, fine quality, medium early, heavy and solid, great favorite; per 1/4 lb. 50c; oz. 15c... 5. White Apple--A handsome new variety. Is quite sweet, with a rich fruit-like flavor and highly ornamental for the table. We do not consider the flavor quite equal to the best red varieties. In packets only, each... 10. Golden Trophy--Our choice of the yellow varieties, color a beautiful canary yellow; per 1/4 lb. 85c; oz. 25c... 5. Red Cherry--Perfectly round and smooth, about the size of a cherry, handsome and fine for pickles or preserves; per 1/4 lb. $1.00; oz. 30c... 5. Red Currant--Quite ornamental, resembling long bunches of currants; 1/4 lb. $1.00; oz. 30c... 5. Yellow Plum--Good for preserving and pickling, plum shape, solid and smooth; per 1/4 lb. $1.00; oz. 30c... 5.

TURNIPS--Ger. Steekrube. One ounce will sow 150 feet of drill; two pounds will sow one acre. For early, sow in April. For main crop sow during July and August, and just before or during a showery time if possible. Often by sowing an early variety as late as September 1st, a good crop can be obtained. The Purple Top Milan is excellent for this purpose. The soil should be rich and mellow, and kept free from weeds. Sow in drills half an inch deep and twelve inches apart. Thin to six inches apart in the drill.

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EARLY WHITE EGG--Very early and particularly desirable for the table; flesh firm and fine grained, sweet and sugary, and of snowy whiteness, egg shaped; per lb. 60c; 1/4 lb. 25c; oz. 10c... 5. EXTRA EARLY PURPLE TOP MILAN--(Strap-leaved)--This new variety has proven to be the earliest in cultivation. It is of medium size and flat shape, pure white flesh, of excellent flavor, small top and a good keeper; per lb. 75c; 1/4 lb. 25c; oz. 10c... 5. Early White Six Weeks--Very early and excellent; per lb. 50c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c. 5. Early White Flat Dutch--An early white fleshed variety, usually sown early in the spring, of quick growth, juicy, mild flavor, and excellent quality, also grown for a fall crop; per lb. 50c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c... 5.

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PURPLE TOP STRAP-LEAVED--The standard for this part of the country. Superior for early or late planting. Round, flat, good sized, small top with but few leaves, flesh very fine grained, flavor good. (See cut.) Per lb. 45c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c; 5 pounds or more not prepaid, at 30c per pound... 5. PURPLE TOP GLOBE--Simliar to above, except shape. This is the largest yielder of any Turnip on the list, and very desirable either for table use or stock. (See cut.) Per lb. 50c; 1/4 lb. 20c; oz. 10c; 5 pounds or more not prepaid, 35c per pound... 5. ORANGE JELLY, or Golden Ball--A beautiful, bright yellow Turnip of medium size and of universally sweet and delicious flavor. It is hardy and one of [continued next page]

April 20, 1889. I received the plants in good condition and was more than pleased with them. MARY F. SHIELDS, Fayette, Mo.

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