12 ... Dorr's Iowa Seed Manual.
Okra, or Gumbo (Dwarf White).
Its long pods, when young, are used in soups, stews, etc., and are beleived [believed]to be very nutritious. Sow at the usual time of all tender vegetables, in drills 2 inches deep, settlng the plants from 2 to 3 feet apart; pkt 5c, oz 10c, lb 25 c.
New Improved Dwarf Okra-This is an improvement on the old Okra, and promises, to be quite an acquisition. It grows but fourteen inches high, has long slender pods, and is very productive; pkt 25c, 5 pkts 1.00.
The Onion thrives best on very rich, loamy soil. Unlike most vegetables, it flourishes when cultivated on the same land for many successive years; If possible plow ground in the fall. Sow 4 pounds of seed per acre as early in Spring as ground can be worked, which must be thoroughly pulverized and leveled, in drills 15 inches apart; cover one-half inch. Commence hoeing soon as rows can be seen; skim the ground over the surface; avoid stirring deeply, and work the soil away from the bulbs. At second hoeing weed thoroughly and carefully by hand; thin plants to three inches in the row. When the tops die, pull and spread evenly over the ground; stir or turn until fully dried, then cut the tops one-half from the bulb. To keep the onions through Winter, a cool, dry, outside cellar, (those under dwellings being usually too warm,) or barn may be employed, any cool, (not freezing) dry, well ventilated room well [will] do. If in a barn, protect on all sides with two feet of good straw. Do not pile them in more than 10 inch layers between the straw. Freezing does not injure if not allowed to thaw and freeze again. To grow sets from seed, sow early and thick in drills, When tops die down (about middle of July) they are ready to harvest. For the cultivation of onions we know of no tools useful as Comstock's Horticultural Implements and Planet, Jr., tools. Our seed is grown from bulbs selected for perfect shape and small necks. Prices are as low as first class, fresh seed can be sold at. We are aware of the importance of the onion crop, and pay special attention to this seed. Our customers are unanimous in their praise of our onion seed wherever grown, therefore it is unnecessary to say anything to them, but to new customers, we would respectfully say, Give Us a Trial Order.
Per Packet, Ten Cents.
Extra Early Red-Fortnight earlier than Wethersfield, little smaller; oz 50c, 1/4 lb 1.25, lb 4.50.
Wethersfield Large Red-The staple variety of the Western onion growers, large size, deep red in color; excellent keeper; oz 50c, 1/4 lb 1.25, lb 4.50.
Yellow Danvers-Mild flavored, early, hardy, good keeper; oz 40c, 1/4 lb 1.25, lb 4.50.
Large Yellow Dutch or Strasburg-Rather flat, hardy, productive; oz 40c, 1/4 lb 1.10, lb 4.00.
White Portugal or Silver Skin-Handsome, mild flavor; not extra good keeper; extensively grown for pickling; oz 40c, 1/4 lb 1.10, lb 4.00.
Onion sets-See miscellaneous articles.
New Queen-Very early, white, rather small, excellent keeper; oz 50c, 1/4 lb 1.50, lb 5.00.
Giant Rocca-Very large, frequently weighing 3 1/2 lbs. Globular form; mild, delicate flavor; oz 50c, 1/4 lb 1.50, lb 5.00.
Marzagole-Very handsome large silvery onions; extremely early; oz 40c, 1/4 lb 1.10, lb 4.00.
Large Red Tripoli-Also very large and mild flavored; oz; 40c, 1/4 lb 1.10, lb 4.00.
Large White Tripoli- Similar to the red except co1or; oz 40c, 1/4 lb 1.10, lb 4.00.
Large White Globe-The handsomest market variety we have ever seen. Large size; oval form; very even; mild and pleasant flavor; good keeper; outsells exery [every] other variety; oz 60c, 1/4 lb 1.75, lb 6.00.
Parsley, (Covent Garden).
Sow in March, thinly in drills, one foot apart, half an inch deep. Soak seed a few hours in warm water before sowing. For Winter use protect in a glass frame or light cellar. pkt 5c, oz 10c, 1/4 lb 30c.
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