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Our stock of vegetable seeds we are sure cannot be excelled either in quality or selection by and firm in the country, as we watch our growing crops with great care, taking pains to isolate and keep pure and true to name. Every variety listed is desirable and has our recommendation. Our packets are, we believe, as well filled as any reliable seed dealer's in the United States, and in fact, a comparison has shown that they contain more seed on the average, than those of any other firm whose packets we have secured. We pay the postage at these prices, except on Beans, Peas and corn at the pack or bushel rates.
We make it a rule to carefully test all seeds as soon as received from the grower, or as soon as they are brought in from our seed farms. We also carry on extensive trials on our grounds by which we are enabled to offer only those strains of seeds which come up to the standard of purity and excellence, and are of the highest vitality, and the result is that we very rarely have complaints as our Choice Iowa Seeds are sure to please.

COLUMBIAN MAMMOTH WHITE.-A new and entirely distinct variety, that produces shoots which are white and stay white as long as fit for use. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c.

PALMETTO.-Stalks frequently measure two inches in diameter. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 60c.

CONOVER'S COLOSSAL.-The standard variety. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 15c, lb. 40c.

ASPARAGUS ROOTS.-We can furnish strong roots of either the Palmetto or Conover's Colossal at 25c per dozen; $1.25 per 100. Columbian Mammoth White 40c per dozen; $1.50 per 100 postpaid. Ask for price in quantity.


AMERICAN MAMMOTH.-A new and greatly superior variety of American growth which forms heads ready for picking about three weeks earlier than other varieties. Pkt. 5c, oz. 30c, 1/4 lb. 1.00.

ENGLISH.-Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c.


GOLDEN CLUSTER WAX.-In our tests this has proved to be the best of all wax pole beans and for a number of years it has been the leading variety. Long golden-yellow pods in clusters of 3 to 6 from bottom to top of pole, and continues in bearing from the middle of July till the vines are cut by frost. This variety endures all kinds of weather, wet or dry. For market it excels all others. Pods are seven to eight inches long and three-fourths of an inch in width. Although the pods are quite flat, they are fleshy, absolutely stringless, and very brittle, while their flavor is delicious. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 20c, qt. 60c. By express, 1/2 pk. $1.25, pk. $2.25.

OLD HOMESTEAD.-Enormously productive, the pods hanging in great clusters from top to bottom of pole. It is entirely stringless, and the pods are of a slivery green color, and cook tender and melting. Can be grown with corn to good advantage. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. $1.10, pk. $2.00.

LAZY WIFE'S.-This Pole Bean, for so long the favorite with Pennsylvania farmers, has become very popular. We presume it derived its namefrom its immense productiveness, and from the ease with which they are cooked. The pods, of medium dark-green color, are produced in great abundance, and measure from 4 1/2 to 6 inches in length. They are broad, thick, very fleshy and entirely string1ess. The pods retain their rich, tender, and stringless qualities until nearly ripe. Each pod contains from six to eight round white beans, which make excellent winter shell beans. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 20c, qt. 60c. By express, 1/2 pk. $1.25, pk. $2.25.

KING OF THE GARDEN LIMA.-An improvement on Large White Lima, and the finest stock for market gardeners. When not closely planted they set their pods early at the bottom of the pole, producing a continuous bloom and fruitage to the end of the season Pods of enormous size. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. $1.10, pk. $2.00.

CUT SHORTS.-The old-fashioned cornfield bean, so popular and often so difficult to obtain. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. 90c, pk. $1.60.

WHITE DUTCH CASE KNIFE.-Yields an immense crop of handsome flat white beans of excellent flavor. Cooks easily. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. $1.00, pk. $1.75.

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Dwarf Bush Varieties.

EARLY PROLIFIC BROAD.-The plant is of robust, upright growth, entirely different from any of the ordinary varieties of beans. Pods measuring 12 to 14 inches in length are not uncommon and they are so broad and handsome in appearance that they prove very attractive on the market. Under special culture pods have been produced 20 inches in length. Pkt. 10c, 1/2 pt. 20c, qt. 65c.

IMPROVED EARLY VALENTINE-About ten days earlier than the common Early Valentine. In addition to this it is more robust and vigorous, and produces the true, round, curved pods very abundantly. Unexcelled in quality and uniformity of ripening; nearly the whole crop can be taken at one picking, usually within 35 days after planting. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 45c. By express or freight, 1/2 pk. 75c, pk. $1.35.

EARLY MOHAWK.-Very early and will stand more cold than most bush varieties. Vines large and stout and very large coarse leaves; will stand a slight frost. This variety is largely grown in the southern states for nothern markets. The pods are from 5 to 6 inches long; the seeds, when ripe, drab color with purple spots. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt 40. By express, 1/2 pk. 70c, pk. $1.25.

STRINGLESS GREEN POD BUSH.-The only stringless green pod bush bean in cultivation. Consequently it surpasses all others in crisp, tender flavor. The finely shaped, long, green pods are absolutely stringless, and are ready to market two weeks earlier than the Valentines. It is of immense value, not only to the market gardener but also to the amateur who seeks a rare quality early for the home table. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. 85c, pk. $1.50.

HENDERSON'S BUSH LIMA.-Grows in compact bush form, producing enormous crops of delicious Lima beans. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. $1.10, pk. $2.00.

WARDWELL'S KIDNEY WAX.-Free from rust and spots. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. $1.00, pk. $1.75.

IMPROVED GOLDEN WAX.-More sold than any other variety. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. 90c, pk. $1.60.

LARGE WHITE MARROW.-Double as large as the Navy. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 40c. By express, 1/2 pk. 70c, pk. $1.25.

CHALLENGE BLACK WAX.-Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. $1.00, pk. $1.75.

CALIFORNIA BRANCH OR PROLIFIC TREE.-Resembles White Navy. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 12c, qt. 35c. By express, 1/2 pk. 65c, pk. $1.15.




MARKET GARDENER'S.- The best and most profitable table variety. Its shape is well illustrated by the accompanying engraving. As will be noticed, it is very symmetrical, with small tap root and but few fibrous roots. Unusually small tops. Pkt. 10c, oz. 30c.

EARLY CRIMSON GLOBE.-An extra choice table beet. This is a magnificent new variety from England and is also very early. Skin very smooth, and it is as handsome a beet as you can imagine. It is of a rich, deep red color shading to purple. It is not only a choice sort for early use, but it is also very desirable for main crop as it keeps well until late spring. Pkt. 10c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 60c, lb. $1.50.

ECLIPSE.-This variety has become exceedingly popular and is one of the best early sorts. It possesses all the qualities requisite in a first class beet, and is of a uniform, globular shape. The roots are of a bright glossy red, fine-grained and delicious, with none of that earthy flavor so objectionable in many varieties. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c,
1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 60c.

LONG DARK BLOOD.- Our stock of this standard variety is greatly improved, smooth, sweet and tender. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 50c.

DEWING'S IMPROVED BLOOD TURNIP.-An improvement on the old Early Blood Turnip. Globe-shape, deep blood red color, fine flavor, a good keeper for main crop. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 50c.

CROSBY'S IMPROVED EGYPTIAN.-We believe this to be the earliest variety in existence. It was originated by Josiah Crosby, a market gardener for the Boston market, and is a great improvement on the old Egyptian, being thicker, handsomer and more regular in shape, smooth, with very small tops and small tap root. It is of perfect shape when small, thus making a good beet for bunching, and is very popular with the Des Moines market gardeners for this purpose. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c.

EDMAND'S BLOOD TURNIP.-One of the best varieties grown for main crop. While not a strictly first early beet, it follows very closely and is the most uniform of all turnip beets, with very small tops. The roots are handsome and round, very smooth, of good marketable size, and for table use no variety can excel it in fine quality. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 60c.


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