[image] Choice Iowa Seeds J. WALTON, DEL.
Second Edition OF THE Thirty - third Annual Catalogue
Notice: In January we published 290,000 copies of our Catalogue, and there has been such a great demand for them that we are now compelled to get out this small condensed Catalogue. We regret to say that it was impossible to have the colored covers prepared in time for this extra edition.
IOWA SEED CO. DES MOINES, lOWA
STORE-613-615 Locust Street MAIL ORDER BUILDING, 208 to 212 S. Eighth St. GREENHOUSES-Thirtieth and Kingman Boulevard
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1870-1903 Thirtythree Years of Successful Business!
DES MOINES, IOWA, January, 1903.
Hearty Greetings and Good Wishes Are hereby extended to our Friends and Customers who have favored us with their orders during the past year and thus helped us to have the best and most prosperous season that we have ever experienced. Thirty-three years, A Third of a Century, is a long time and this long continued success proves that there is a feeling of growing confidence on the part of the public, in our establishment, for without it we could not succeed. We shall strive to continue to merit your confidence and approval by using every effort to secure the best results in growing and selecting the choicest, purest and most reliable seeds and prove to you that our motto, "Only one quality, THE BEST," is well taken.
We know that our Choice Iowa Seeds are unsurpassed, that our prices are right and our promptness and care in filling orders make many friends. In almost every neighborhood in America our seeds are known and used and our highest ambition is to deserve the title which has been applied to as, namely:
"SEEDSMEN TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE."
Read What Prominent Men Say.
They are a proof of merit. Such testimonials cannot be bought.
"I have bought seeds of you for several years past and have found them very satisfactory. I have used them on my own farm and also sold them to others and have had no complaint. Have also purchased some, from other firms, but could not depend on them as on yours."-R. J. Johnson, Humboldt, Iowa, President Iowa State Agricultural Society.
"I am pleased to state that all seeds, both garden and field, that I have bought of your firm during the past twelve years have been perfectly satisfactory, and I am always pleased to recommend the Iowa Seed Company to any and all who are in need of anything in their line."-M. J. Wragg, Waukee, Iowa, President Iowa State Horticulutural Society.
The gardening public and farmers everywhere are requested to thoroughly examine all parts of this book, which we have enlarged, thoroughly revised and rewritten this year and tried to make of practical value to everyone. Notice the many new and improved varieties which we are offering this year and instead of devoting your entire crop to the old sorts, we are sure that it will pay you to add both to the quality and yield by planting the newer kinds that we recommend. We grow our own seeds, either on our own place or have them grown from carefully selected stock seeds and it requires the entire seed crop from about 6,200 acres to supply our trade. The soil and climate of Iowa are specially adapted to growing and maturing most seed crops, still there are some varieties which will produce better seed in other localities and we spend a large part of the summer and fall in traveling around among our growers inspecting the growing crop.
Again thanking you for past favors, respectfully soliciting a continuance of your patronage and wishing you a happy and prosperous new year, we remain, Your friends, IOWA SEED COMPANY.
M . KURTZWEIL, President. CHAS. N. PAGE, Treasurer and Manager.
KIND WORDS FROM OLD FRIENDS.
Very few Seed Dealers can Equal this Record.
I have bought seeds every year from your company since 1871, after Mr. Fuller started the business at Des Moines; have always found your seeds good. -W. S. Maxwell, Lawndale, Texas.
I have been a customer of the Iowa Seed Co. since 1875 and always intend to be so long as they prove as satisfactory as in the past. Both they and their seeds are reliable.- J.C. Jessup, Fairmount, Indiana.
This is my 29th year getting seeds from your firm and they are all O.K. We are back in "Peerless Old Iowa," again after four years in California and eight years in Arkansas.-Bryant Graves, Lenox, Iowa.
SUGGESTIONS TO CUSTOMERS.
ORDER EARLY.-The best time to order is just as soon as you receive this catalogue, as we can always give your orders more of our personal attention if they come in before the rush of spring trade. Please use the order sheet as it makes it more convenient for us in filling orders. Terms are invariably cash with order as we keep no book accounts in our mail order department, and the expense of sending goods C. O. D. is quite large. Postage stamp received as cash.
SHIPPING.-There are five express companies and fifteen railroad lines at Des Moines, so that quick shipments can be made to any town in the United States. It is well to remember that express charges are usually much higher on heavy goods, and you should order them sent by fast freight.
CHARGES PREPAID.-All Vegetable and Flower Seeds, Bulbs and Plants, except those noted are sent prepaid by mail or express by the quickest and most direct routes unless ordered otherwise, and we guarantee their safe arrival. Seeds sold by the peck or bushel, field seeds, potatoes, implements and other heavy goods are sent by freight or express, purchaser paying charges.
OUR PRICES.-Our constant aim is to make the highest quality the first consideration, and next to put our prices as low as good reliable seed can be sold.
DISCOUNTS.-On all orders for seeds in packets the puchaser may select twenty-five cents' worth extra for each one dollar sent us. This refers only to seeds in packets, not in bulk. Each year we put up thousands of packets of seeds for free distribution among our customers, by adding liberally of them to orders. We will allow you a discount of ten cents per pound on vegetable seeds, such as are listed as prepaid, if you are willing to have them sent by express or freight at your expense.
SMALL ORDERS.--If you only want a single packet, do not hesitate to send for it. We take as much pains to fill small orders promptly and correctly as we do large ones. Orders for Flower Plants and Nursery Stock, however, must amount to a least fifty cents.
PLANT ORDERS.--Orders for plants will be filled as early in spring as we consider it safe to send them. If ordered for immediate shipment in severe weather they will be sent at purchaser's risk.
WHAT WE GUARANTEE.--That all money sent us for seed shall reach us if sent by registered letter. P.O., or express money order or bank draft, made payable to our order. That your order will be filled promptly and well. That goods ordered will reach you safely. Keep a copy of your order. Somtimes persons think they have ordered articles which they have omitted, and blame us for not sending them.
OUR RESPONSIBILITY--As this book will probably go into the hands of many who are unacquainted with us, this question will naturally arise, and in answer to same we refer you by permission to the Valley National Bank of this city, to the postmaster, or to any of the various express companies.
ABOUT WARRANTING.--We throughly test all our seeds and nothing is sent out which we do not believe to be good in every respect. When it is considered how many are the contigencies on which the success of any crop depends, such as sowing too deep or too shallow, too wet or dry soil, unfavorable weather, insects, etc., our customers will readily see that it would be sheer folly for anyone to warrant them to produce a perfect crop, and we want it plainly understood that while we exercise great care to have all seeds pure and reliable, and also true to name, we do not give any warranty, express or implied. If the purchaser does not accept the seeds on these terms and conditions, they are to be returned at once, and the money that has been paid for same will be refunded. No officer, agent or employee of this company is authorized to make any warranty whatsoever. However, we have so much confidence in our seeds that we hereby agree to refill any retail order for vegetables or flower seeds free of charge should they prove otherwise than as we represent them. We know of no responsible seed firm in the world which guarantees seeds any further than this. Compare with other seed cataologues and you will find that we are right.
MARKET GARDENERS and others who buy vegetable seeds in bulk to the amount of $5.00 or more, are requested to send for our Master Gardeners' Price List. This list for market gardeners is intended only for large buyers, and is exclusively for those who order vegetable seeds alone by weight or measure amounting for $5.00 or over. Club orders which call for this amount of bulk seeds altogether are entitled to these prices.
PREPAID RAILROAD STATIONS.--Many of our farmer customers live at Prepaid Railroad Stations, where there are no agents. In such cases we must request them to send sufficient money to prepay freight charges on heavy shipments, also in cases where perishable or other goods are ordered to be sent by freight or express to such great distances that cost of transportation will nearly or quite equal the value of goods.
OUR GERMAN FRIENDS will be pleased to notice that we also issue a catalogue in the German language, and we will take pleasure in sending a copy free on request. Tell your German neighbors about it.
Unferen Deutichen Freunden diene hiermit zur Rachricht, das mir auch Gamen=Kataloge in deuticher Sprache druden. Biele unferer Landsleute geben der Mutteriprache den Borzug und verfenden mir diefe Kataloge frei an Ulle, die darum anfragen. Bitte fenden Sie uns die Ubreffen Threr deutichen Rachbarn, damit diefe den beften deutichen Katalog in America erhalten.
FOREIGN ORDERS.--Our trade with European countries, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the West Indies and other foreign countries, is increasing constantly, and while it is still somewhat expensive and slow to send large shipments by freight, small lots can be sent by mail quite easily. We are willing to prepay the postage on all vegetable and flower seeds offered by the packet or ounce, at the prices named in this catalogue, to Canada, Mexico, all parts of Europe, and all countries of the Postal Union. Not more than 12 ounces can be sent in each package.
WE ARE PLEASED TO RECEIVE SAMPLES OF NEW, RARE OR SUPERIOR SEEDS YOU MAY SEND US FOR TRIAL
IOWA SEED COMPANY, DES MOINES, IOWA.
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.
ASPARAGUS. 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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SEED TESTING AND TRIALS.
BEANS. 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.
[image] IMPROVED VALENTINE.
[image] MARKET GARDENERS' BEET
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.
SET OUT A BED OF ASPARAGUS THIS YEAR AND HAVE IT FRESH DAILY.
2 CATALOGUE OF SEEDS, PLANTS, BULBS, ETC.
[Picture of head of cabbage and portrait of person looking to the right] NEW WASHINGTON WAKEFIELD
CABBAGE. NEW WASHINGTON WAKEFIELD.-In this grand variety we have a most superior strain, well worthy the name it bears. It is a leader, and is very early, the heads pyramidal in shape, larger than the Jersey Wakefield. Grows remarkably uniform, the heads are of even size. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 85c, lb. $2.75. ALPHA.-By far the earliest flat-headed variety in existence. It is remarkably solid, rivaling the Danish Ballhead. Very popular with the market gardeners. Pkt. 10c, oz. 30c, 1/4 lb. 90c, lb. $3.00. EARLY JERSEY WAKEFIELD.-Considered by many gardeners the very best early variety. Of large size for so early a kind and is certainly deserving of its great popularity. Heads hard and solid, and have few outside leaves. Our seed is the best quality, American grown. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 70c, lb. $2.00. WINNINGSTADT. -Cone-shaped summer sort, when sown late it is good for fall and even winter; a sure header and good keeper. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.75. MAMMOTH RED ROCK.-A market gardener's strain of unusua1 size, weight and color. Its handsome appearance, large size, solidity and good quality will make it very desirable to all who like red cabbage. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 75c, lb. $2.50. PREMIUM FLAT DUTCH.-This old and well known variety is still the standard winter kind. Its heads are large and solid, also first-class as a keeper. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.50. IMPROVED DANISH BALLHEAD OR HOLLANDER.- This variety has been selected and perfected for more than fifty years by the Danish gardeners. They prize it so highly that they grow it almost exclusively for winter cabbage, and annually export large quantities to London, Paris and other cities. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 75c, lb. $2.50.
IOWA SEED COMPANY'S SHORT-STEM DRUHMEAD [DRUMHEAD].-Our improved and selected strain of this popular variety has greatly pleased thousands of our customers during the past ten years, and so greatly has it improved during the time we have had it that in a large field it is almost impossible to find a head that is not solid and well formed. For sureness in heading, regularity of growth and even, large, solid heads, it far surpasses any other strain which we have seen, ripening evenly with very short stem or stalk, and large, solid, thick heads of fine, silky quality and of best keeping properties. It is almost all head and always sure to head. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 65c, lb. $2.00. EXTRA EARLY EXPRESS.-The earliest variety in existence and produces rather small heads long before the Jersey Wakefield or other varieties have begun to head up. Heads are solid and have but few outside leaves, therefore may be planted very close and yield large crops. It is a most important variety for the gardener. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.75. PERFECTION DRUMHEAD SAVOY. -The Savoy or curly cabbages are of much finer flavor and quality than the best of other kinds, and should be more generally cultivated. The variety we offer is the finest of the Savoys. The heads are large, finely curled and an excellent keeper. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 65c, lb. $2.00. LUXEMBERG HARD HEAD.-An excellent variety which is in great favor on the Chicago market, and the seed frequently sells there at $1.00 per ounce or more. It makes a medium size, very hard head of extraordinary weight. Owing to its remarkable keeping qualities, and the fact that the head remains as green as when gathered in the fall, is the king of all cabbage for late spring selling. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 75c, lb. $2.55. MARBLEHEAD MAMMOTH. -Largest of all, have in some instances grown to a weight of ninety pounds, and the heads of such size that they would not go into a two bushel basket. Good for exhibition at fairs, but too loose headed and uncertain for main crop. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb, 75c, lb. $2.60. FOTTLER'S IMPROVED BRUNSWICK.-For summer and fall. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.75. SUREHEAD. -Very reliable in heading, good shape and large size. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 60c, lb. $2.00. FILDERKRAUT.- Pointed head. In great favor among Germans. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.75. CABBAGE PLANTS. - See list of vegetable plants.
[image] SHORT STEM DRUMHEAD.
CELERY. GIANT PASCAL.-Stalks remarkably large, thick, solid, entirely stringless, very crisp and brittle, self-blanching, clear white. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4. lb. 60c, lb. $1.75. HENDERSON'S HALF DWARF.-Entirely solid, possessing a rich, nutty flavor. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 45c, lb. $1.50. WHITE PLUME.-The stalks, portions of the inner leaves and heart are naturally white and become fit for use simply tying it up closely with soft twine. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.75. GOLDEN SELF-BLANCHING.- This is by far the most popular variety now on the market. It is of medium earliness of dwarf compact habit, with thick, solid, heavily ribbed stalks, which blanch easily to a clear waxen yellow. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 30c, 1/4 lb. $1.00, lb. $3.50. WINTER QUEEN.- The finest dwarf winter celery. Of a rich green coloring, like Giant Pascal, it is more readily blanched and ready for use earlier in the fall. Pkt. 10c, oz. 40c, 1/4 lb. $1.25. CELERIAC OR TURNIP ROOTED.- Grown for the roots. Excellent for salad and flavoring, very popular among our German customers. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.50. BOSTON MARKET.- Leaves dark green, stalks when blanched nearly white, excellent quality, solid, crisp, tender. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c, lb. $1.25. GOLDEN DWARF.- Waxy golden yellow, cylindrical, solid, crisp. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c, lb. $1.25.
CHUFAS. A nice little ground nut which is greatly liked by the children. In sweetness and flavor they resemble the cocoanut or almond and are considered very nice put on the table in a fruit dish with candies, and as an after dinner relish. They are very prolific, a single one yielding from two to four hundred. The nuts grow under ground, very near the surface, easily reached by pigs and poultry, and destroyed by them if they have free access. Plant in April, 10 inches apart in 2 1/2 foot rows. Cover them lightly. If the seed is very dry, soak them well before planting. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 50c.
GOURDS. JAPANESE NEST EGG.-Grows almost uniformly to the size, color and shape of a hen's egg. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c. DIPPER.-Makes a more light and convenient dipper than can be bought. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c. LUFFA, OR DISH CLOTH.-The peculiar lining of this fruit, which is sponge-like, elastic and durable, makes a natural dish cloth or sponge. Pkt. 10c, oz. 35c. MIXED UTILITY.-Seeds of the above mixed. Pkt. oz. 25c.
ORNAMENTAL POMEGRANATE. An ornamental little fruit which a century ago was commonly grown in the gardens, but is now rarely seen. Grows on a pretty vine, fruit is round, yellow, irregularly striped with orange, red or mahogany; fragrant, a single specimen will sweetly perfume a room for many days, prolific and easily grown. Often called Queen Anne's Pocket Melon. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c.
PEANUTS. RED CROSS.-This very desirable variety is as early as the earliest, the most hardy, very prolific and of the best quality. Boys, here is a chance for you. Think of growing peanuts in your own garden and having plenty of them to eat. Shell the nuts carefully, so as not to break inside skin and plant as soon as the ground becomes warm, from 2 to 3 feet apart each way. Pkg. 10c, lb. 40c, postpaid. By express 5 lbs. or more @ 25c per lb.
CELERY FRESH FROM THE GARDEN IS A LUXURY APPRECIATED BY ALL.
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[image] COPYRIGHTED 1892 BY W.A.B. & CO. COUNTRY GENTLEMAN.
SWEET CORN. We pay the postage by the pkt., 1/2 pt. and qt. Deduct ten cents on each quart if to be sent by express. EARLY SUNRISE.-The standard sort. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express 1/2 pk. 70c, pk. $1.25. EXTRA EARLY CORY.-(White Cob.)-This has for years been the most popular variety with market gardeners for first early market. Of medium size. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 40c. By express 1/2 pk. 60c, pk. $1.00. CHAMPION EARLY.- Without doubt the earliest large corn ever introduced. An average ear is about nine inches long. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. [6?]c, pk. $1.10. EARLY MINNESOTA.-An early variety. The ears are of good size, well flavored and of the best cooking qualities. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 12c, qt. 35c. By express, 1/2 pk. 60c, pk. $1.00. COUNTRY GENTLEMAN.-An improvement on the old favorite Shoe Peg Sweet Corn. The crop can be counted on to give three to five ears to a stalk. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. 75c, pk. $1.25. CROSBY'S EARLY.-For medium early use. A good cropper and profitable for family use and as a market sort. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 12c, qt. 35c. By express, 1/2 pk. 60c, pk. $l.00. IMPROVED STOWELL'S EVERGREEN.- For many years the most prominent main crop variety and is more largely planted than any other, being a general favorite with canners and market gardeners for late use. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 45c. By express, 1/2 pk. 70c, pk. $1.20. MAMMOTH SUGAR.-This produces the largest ear of any sweet corn, a single ear sometimes weighing as much as two or three pounds; sweet and luscious. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 40c. By express, 1/2 pk. 60c, pk. $1.00.
POP CORN. SNOWBALL.-Pkt. 10c, 1/2 pt. 20c, qt. 65c. PAGE'S NEW STRIPED RICE.-The best, handsomest and most attractive variety of pop corn in existence. The ears are of good size. Very productive. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 20c, qt. 65c. By exp. 1/2 pk. $1.25, pk. $2.25. MONARCH WHITE RICE.-The best white variety. Bears from 3 to 6 ears per stalk, and produces 1,500 to 2,000 lbs. per acre. It will pay you to try it. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 40c. By exp. 1/2 pk. 70c, pk. $[?.25].
CUCUMBERS. EARLY EXPRESS.-One of the earliest varieties. Pkt. 10c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 75c, lb. $2.50. CUMBERLAND.-A very desirable sort for pickles and slicing. Pkt. 10c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 75c, lb. $2.50. GREEN PROLIFIC.-A splendid pickling sort. Very productive. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 60c, lb. $2.00. JAPANESE CLIMBING.-It comes into bearing quickly and continues to set fruit abundantly throughout the season. Of large size, tender, cylindrical shape, flesh pure white, skin dark green when ripe; of excellent quality for slicing. Pkt. 10c, oz. 30c, 1/4 lb. $1.00, lb. $3.00.
PERFECT WHITE SPINE. -Fruit even and of good size, straight, well formed and symmetrical. It is of uniform shape, making it unexcelled for pickling. Immensely productive. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.60. By express, 5 lbs. or more @ $1.35. BOSTON OR JERSEY PICKLE.- Is used almost exclusively by the market gardeners near Boston for pickling. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.75. WEST INDIAN GHERKIN OR BURR.-Makes a handsome pickle of first class quality. Be sure and try it. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 80c.
[image] EARLY EXPRESS CUCUMBER.
IMPROVED LONG GREEN.- A standard sort. Fruit about 12 inches long, firm and crisp. The young fruit makes one of the best of pickles. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 65c, lb. $2.25. IMPROVED CHICAGO PICKLE.-It is very prolific. Produces an immense number of desirable shaped pickles. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 60c, lb. $2.00. NEW ASTRO.-Fruit large, perfect shape, 8 to 12 inches long. They are of the very best quality for slicing. Pkt. 10c, oz. $1.00. EARLY CLUSTER.-Grows in clusters. Productlve and of good quality. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.75.
CAULIFLOWER. HENDERSON'S EARLY SNOW BALL.- Is considered the earliest of all cauliflowers. Our stock is extra choice and cannot be excelled. Pkt. 15c, 1/4 oz. 75c, oz. $2.50. EXTRA EARLY DWARF ERFURT.-Valuable for forcing. A very popular variety in Europe and with eastern gardeners. First quality. Pkt. 15c, 1/4 oz. 60c, oz. $2.00. EARLY PARIS.-Well known small variety which usually proves quite satisfactory. Pkt. 5c, oz. 50c. LENORMAND'S.-There is considerable call in this market for a late variety of cauliflower, and in the Lenormand's we have just what is wanted. It is of large size and produces well formed heads of excellent quality. Pkt. 5c, oz. 60c. CAULIFLOWER PLANTS.-See list of Vegetable Plants.
CRESS or PEPPER GRASS. EARLY CURLED. -A well known salad. Sow early and at intervals during the season. Cover seed lightly. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c. TRUE WATER.-Sow the seeds along the border of running water and cover lightly. Pkt. 5c, oz. 35c.
COLLARDS. Collards are largely used as "greens" in some parts of the country, especially in the south. They are a form of the cabbage, bearing new leaves as soon as the old ones are pulled off. GEORGIA.-The most satisfactory for general use. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00.
CHICKORY. LARGE ROOTED.-Used as a substitute for coffee. Cultivate as carrots. Take up the roots in the fall, cut into small pieces and put away to dry. When wanted for use, it is roasted and ground like coffee. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c.
CARROTS. EARLY SCARLET HORN.-Favorite for early crop. Sold largely in New York market, bunched. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c. OXHEART.-We do not hesitate to call this the most valuable variety in existence. It is intermediate between the Half-long and Horn varieties, attaining a diameter of 3 to 4 inches at the neck, of beautiful shape and rich orange color. Where other varieties require digging it is easily pulled. It will produce roots as early as any variety and continues of the best quality all the season. It is excellent for hogs and other live stock and has yielded 1,200 bushels per acre. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c. DANVERS.-Is in form about midway between the Long Orange and Shorthorn class, growing generally with a stump root. It is of a rich, dark orange color and grows to a large size. It is a first-class carrot for all soils, and it is claimed that under good cultivation it will yield the greatest weight per acre with the smallest length of root of any grown. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 65c. IMPROVED LONG ORANGE.-One of the most desirable for either garden or field culture. It grows to a large size, fair specimens averaging twelve inches in length, and three inches in diameter at the top. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 50c. VICTORIA.- Largest carrot grown, heaviest cropping and most nutritious variety in cultivation. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c. By express, five pounds or more, 50c per pound.
[image] OXHEART, OR GUERANDE.
TRY THE EXPRESS CUCUMBER - IT IS THE BEST QUALITY FOR SLICING.