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14. SEED CATALOGUE AND GARDEN GUIDE.

WATERMELON. One ounce is required for forty hills; three pounds will plant an acre. A light, sandy soil, with good exposure to the sun, is the best for watermelons. It should be prepared deep, but receive shallow cultivation. Hoe often and thoroughly. Plant in hills 8 to 10 feet apart each way. Plant 8 to 10 seeds in a hill, and finally, when danger of insects is past, leave but three strong plants. Thousands of melon growers annually depend on us for their seeds and are universally pleased, claiming that nowhere have they ever obtained seed so pure and reliable. It pays to have the best. Seed very scarce this year. Packets contain about 100 seeds. IMPROVED TRIUMPH.--See Novelties. Pkt. 10c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 60c, lb. $1.75. COLE'S EARLY.--Decidedly the finest early variety for the private garden, but is too brittle for long shipments. It is very early and will mature further north than most other sorts. Of medium size, very productive, continuing to bear throughout the season. Flesh of bright red color, of granulated, sparkling appearance. In flavor it is lusciously sweet and refreshing. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c, lb. $1.00. PEERLESS or ICE CREAM.--(White seeded). Of unquestionable quality, very early, of medium size, thin rind, flesh bright scarlet. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00. BLUE GEM.--This remarkable new melon is one of the finest ever brought out, and by some has been called Blue Kolb Gem, but it is of infinitely better quality than the old Kolb Gem. Averages a better size, and with less culls. Is of dark bluish green color, bright red flesh and black seeds. Has rough rind, keeps longer and the quality is superior to most other varieties. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. 90c. BLACK DIAMOND.--A cross between Kolb's Gem and Hoosier King. All that could be said of the Kolb's Gem as to good shipping qualities can be truthfully stated in a higher degree of the Black Diamond. All the praise of high quality bestowed on the Sweetheart can be repeated of our new melon, but its prominent point of merit is its large size and productiveness. Its color is a rich, dark green, almost black. Of uniform symmetrical shape, roundish to bluntly oval. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.65. PHINNEY'S EARLY.--Medium size, and quite productive. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c. FORDHOOK EARLY--A large early sort. From seeds planted May 10th, ripe melons were produced the last of July. The rind is tough, making it valuable for shipping. Color a uniform medium green; flesh red and very sweet. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. 90c. GYPSY or GEORGIA RATTLESNAKE.--A superior early market variety; large, oblong, the skin green, mottled and striped. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c.

[image] BLUE GEM

DIXIE.--A cross between Kolb's Gem and Mountain Sweet surpassing the former in shipping qualities and fully equaling the latter in fine eating quality and flavor. It is early, has a remarkably thin, tough rind and will keep and ship well. The flesh is bright scarlet and of fine quality. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 85c. MOUNTAIN SWEET.--The old standard; best quality. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c.

[image] MCIVER'S WONDERFUL SUGAR MELON.

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[image] COLE'S EARLY.

MONTE CRISTO.--(Kleckley's Sweets.) After testing all varieties of melons, we do not hesitate to pronounce this one of the sweetest, juciest [juiciest], most delicious melons in existence, and it is specially desirable for the private family. The skin is dark green, faintly striped; flesh bright red and peculiarly rich, crisp and pleasant flavored. It ripens early, is of large size, is a good shipper and long keeper. Market gardeners will also be pleased with it. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.50. KOLB'S GEM.--This variety, on account of its excellent shipping qualities, is extensively grown for that purpose. Grow nearly round, and the color is a dark green with lighter narrow stripes. Very thin and tough rind; flesh bright red and of good flavor. Our seed is choice. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 65c. PRIDE OF GEORGIA.--Is of a dark green mottled color, nearly oval, somewhat ridged; grows partly upon its end. Is firm, will ship well, attains a large size and is very sweet and crisp. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 80c. McIVER'S WONDERFUL SUGAR.--We are greatly pleased with this variety which we found growing in Nebraska. The gentleman on whose place they were growing is an enthusiast on melons and after testing quite a number of varieties, all persons present united in pronouncing the Wonderful Sugar by far the best. It is a large melon, averaging about 35 lbs. each. They are long, rather light colored, mottled and irregularly striped with dark green; rind rather thin and tough; flesh a delicate red, and the most tender, juicy and luscious that can be imagined. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c, lb. $1.25. SWEETHEART.--Early, large, handsome, heavy, good shipper, long keeper, bright color and of good quality. Its vines are vigorous and productive, ripening the fruit early. The fruit is large, oval, very heavy, uniformly mottled light green and dark green; rind thin, but firm. The flesh is bright red, firm, solid but very tender, melting and sweet. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.50. DUKE JONES--This magnificent large melon has a dark green rind, slightly striped, flesh bright red, very juicy and delicious. It matures medium early, is very prolific and much larger than Kolb's Gem. A carload of 800 melons, averaging 43 pounds each, were gathered from 2/3 of an acre. One grower writes that they produced ripe melons in 65 days from the time of planting. Everyone who has a place to grow melons should try this new, splendid variety. It has been grown to immense size and even the largest specimens hold their good flavor. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c. GREEN AND GOLD.--Large size; flesh as yellow as gold. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.50. CUBAN QUEEN.--Flesh bright red, luscious, crisp and sugary. An excellent keeper; large size. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c. MIXED.--25 varieties of the finest watermelons, the largest, earliest, sweetest; grown separately and seed carefully mixed by us. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00.

CITRON MELONS. Very nice for preserving and they are largely used for this purpose. APPLE PIE--Best flavored of all. See Novelties. Pkt. 10c, oz. 30c. COLORADO PRESERVING.--Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00. RED SEEDED CITRON.--Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00.

KILL THE BUGS BY USING THE INSECTICIDES AND SPRAYERS. SEE PAGE 127.

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[image] YELLOW GLOBE DANVERS WHITE PORTUGAL LARGE RED WETHERSFIELD RED GLOBE WHITE GLOBE NEW CROP AMERICAN ONION SEED

Good onion seed is of the utmost importance, as onions are one of the most important crops grown, both in market and family gardens and there is no other vegetable where the quality of the seed exerts a greater influence upon the crop than onions. There is more money in onions grown from seed than almost any other crop. Fully realizing this, we have for many years made a specialty of onion seed which is all grown from choice, selected bulbs, critically examined before being set out for seed. In vitality it is very strong, beng [being] carefully tested, and we are sure that OUR ONION SEED CANNOT BE EXCELLED in purity, vitality or high quality. Large onions can easily be grown the first year from the seed by obtaining our American grown new crop onion seed. Our crop was good this year and prices are reasonable. In comparing our prices with others, remember that we pay the postage. Deduct 10c per pound if to be sent by express. Ask for prices in large lots. Packets contain about 1,000 seeds. CULTURE.--One ounce will sow about 100 feet of drill; 4 pounds will sow one acre. The soil for onions should be a rich loam thoroughly enriched with well rotted manure and pulverized before sowing the seed. It should be as free from weeds and grass as possible. As early as the ground can be worked in the spring, sow the seed in drills 14 inches apart, covering one-half inch. Commence hoeing as soon as the 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 carefully and thoroughly by hand. When the tops die, pull and spread evenly over the ground; stir or turn until fully dried, then cut the tops one-half inch from the bulb. For pickles or sets, the seed should be sown very thickly and in broad drills, about 50 lbs. to the acre for sets, and 15 to 20 lbs. for pickling. For sowing onion seed and cultivating the crop, it will pay you to purchase a good drill and hand cultivator. See description elsewhere. Lang's Hand Weeder, price 30c, postpaid, is the best hand weeder made. Try it. Book on Onions, 20c. New Onion Culture Book, 50c.

AUSTRALIAN BROWN.--A new, medium sized, wonderfully hard and solid variety of onion, and one which is quite attractive for the market, both in form and color. They are extremely early in ripening, and produce a crop of fine bulbs which are very uniform in size. Color is a peculiarly clear amber-brown, quite distinct from any other variety. In keeping qualities it exceeds any other variety that we know of. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c, lb. $1.25, 4 lbs. not prepaid, $4.00. YELLOW GLOBE DANVERS.--A very handsome, round or globe-shaped variety of large size, with thin, yellow skin, white flesh, fine grained, mild, very firm and the best of keepers. It ripens early, sells readily at the highest prices in our markets. This is one of the best cropping varieties in existence, has yielded 1,000 bushels per acre, and one of our customers states that his crop averaged over 800 bushels per acre for nine years. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 35c, lb. $1.20, 4 lbs., not prepaid, $4.00. EXTRA EARLY BARLETTA.--This is a distinct new variety; the very earliest onion in cultivation. It is fully two weeks earlier than the Early White Queen, which heretofore has been the earliest variety on the market. They are of pure paper white color, very mild and delicate in flavor, 1 1/2 inches in diameter, and 3/4 of an inch in thickness. For table use and pickling it is most valuable. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 65c, lb. $2.00. LARGE RED WETHERSFIELD.--The standard sort throughout the west, as they are the most hardy, and immense crops can be raised when more tender sorts are not profitable. Growers who prefer the red varieties will find this a magnificent strain, far surpassing the ordinary Red Wethersfield in size, productiveness and keeping qualities. It is of the finest form, skin deep purplish red, flesh purplish white, much finer grained than many of the red sorts. Our seed of this variety is extra select and cannot be excelled. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 35c, lb. $1.20, 4 lbs., not prepaid, $4.00. WHITE PORTUGAL OR SILVER SKIN.--Matures early, mild flavor, medium size, generally preferred for table use, not good keeper; best variety to grow sets. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 70c, lb. $2.25, 4 lbs., not prepaid, $8.00.

[image] EXTRA EARLY BARLETTA BEST FOR PICKLING

GOLDEN GLOBE.--See novelties. Pkt. 10c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 75c, lb. $2.00. EXTRA EARLY PEARL.--The earliest and best of all American varieties. It is of good size, of pearly white color, the outer skin having a most showy, waxy appearance; flesh is pure snow white, and flavor so mild that it can be eaten like an apple. It grows with great rapidity. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 70c, lb. $2.25. LARGE WHITE GLOBE.--The handsomest market variety in existence, making beautiful, clean, pure silvery white bulbs of large, even size, globe shape, mild and pleasant flavor, and outsells every other variety. It is comparatively a good keeper and undoubtedly the best white sort. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 70c, lb. $2.25, 4 lbs., not prepaid, $8.00. EXTRA EARLY RED.--Matures very early. Of medium size, flat shape, deep red in color; very close grained, solid and heavy. This will often form bulbs in cold and mucky soils where other varieties fail. It is recommended particularly for the north and northwest. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c, lb. $1.25, 4 lbs., not prepaid, $4.25. SOUTHPORT RED GLOBE.--This is a very handsome variety and is deserving of general cultivation. It is medium early (none of the perfectly globe shaped onions are as early as the flat varieties), grows to a large size, skin deep red, flesh fine grained, mild and tender. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.60, 4 lbs., not prepaid, $5.75. CANARY ISLAND OR BERMUDA.--A quite handsome variety of onion which is largely grown in Bermuda for shipment to the United States. It is small, flat and matures early. Bulbs white, sometimes shading to pink. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 75c, lb. $2.50.

Special Prices. As prices named above are subject to change during the season, we request persons desiring to purchase a large quantity to write for special quotations.

READ SOME OF THE VALUABLE BOOKS LISTED ON PAGE 129.

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Big Onions. For table use large onions are much preferable to small ones and they will also bring a better price on the market. The five varieties listed on this page are of immense size, splendid quality and yield wonderfully large crops. While they do not keep quite as well as some other kinds still they are usually solid and good till January or February.

THE Five Giants ONE PACKET EACH OF Mammoth Prizetaker, White Prizewinner, Copper King, Giant Vesuvius, Silver King, FOR ONLY 25 CENTS.

With each of these "Five Giant" Collections we will send circular giving full directions for growing BIG ONIONS.

$10.00 PRIZE FOR BIG ONIONS. We offer a prize of $10.00 for the largest onion grown this year from seed purchased direct from us. Any of the mammoth varieties we list on this page may compete for this prize. Reports must be in by October 15th. Don't fail to try these onions this year.

[image] VESUVIUS

MAMMOTH PRIZETAKER.--(See cut No. 1.)--This is without doubt the largest, handsomest, finest flavored, and in every way the best variety of yellow onion in the world. It is admittedly the largest of all varieties, having been grown to the enormous weight of OVER SIX POUNDS and is withal a handsome, fine-flavored sort. Of a clear, bright straw color and uniform, perfect globe shape. Produces enormous crops, one report being over 1,200 bushels, and they bring an extra price, being sold on the market as fancy onions. Keeps wonderfully well. Our seed is unexcelled, and is in great favor with our customers in all parts of the United States. They ripen up hard and fine, and present the handsomest possible appearance in market, while the pure, white flesh is fine grained, mild and delicate in flavor. To grow to the largest size sow seed early in hotbeds and transplant to open ground as soon as weather is favorable. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 60c, lb. $1.50; 4 lbs., not prepaid, $5.00. COPPER KING or MAMMOTH POMPEII--(No. 2.)--Have been grown to the enormous weight of FIVE POUNDS and SIX OUNCES, and notwithstanding their large size they retain their shape and fine quality. To obtain an idea of how large this really is, just weigh the largest onion you can obtain and compare weights, or weigh out five pounds and six ounces of common onions and imagine them all in one. Copper color, flesh pure white, fine grained and mild. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 60c, lb. $1.75. MAMMOTH SILVER KING--(No. 3.)--This giant sort is the largest of all white onions, no other white variety approaching it in mammoth size. It is of attractive form, flattened, but thick through, as shown in the illustration. Single bulbs often attain weights of from 2 1/2 to 4 pounds each. The skin is a beautiful silvery white; the flesh a snowy white; so sweet and tender is the flesh that it can be eaten raw like an apple. Matures early and is of uniformly large size and perfect form, and consequently will bring a large price in the market. Pkt. 10c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 75c, lb. $2.25. GIANT VESUVIUS--(No. 4.)--This grand new mammoth variety is a foreign sort. It is well shown by our illustration. In rich soil, under good cultivation, they grow to an immense size the first year. They are of a handsome globe shape, somewhat elongated, veritable beauties, and will attract attention anywhere. Color almost a blood red, flesh nearly white, quality most excellent; much more tender and mild than the American sorts. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 75c, lb. $2.25. MAMMOTH WHITE PRIZEWINNER.--In magnificent shape and enormous size, the White Prizewinner is the exact counterpart of the Mammoth Yellow Prizetaker, which has become so popular in the last few years, differing only in its handsome silvery white skin. Hundreds of market gardeners and onion growers have tried it, and say that no other white onion equals it. One enthusiastic grower says: "I raised a White Prizewinner measuring 17 inches in circumference and weighing over 4 pounds, which astonished my neighbors and took first prize at county faitr." Pkt. 10c, oz. 30c, 1/4 lb. 90c, lb. $3.00.

[image] BOTTOM ONION SETS TOP ONION SETS EGYPTIAN OR PERENNIAL ONION SETS POTATO ONION SETS

ONION SETS. Indispensable for early onions for bunching, as in a very few weeks they are ready for the table. While it is much cheaper to grow onions from seed, still it is considerable work to keep them weeded and many of our customers who have only a small garden prefer to grow them from the sets, and gardeners plant sets for the early market. Our stock is carefully grown and very nice. Price by pint and quart include postage (deduct 15c per qt. if by express). Price by the peck and bushel is subject to market variation, and shipped at buyer's expense. Top sets are sold 28 lbs. per bushel; all other kinds are measured--stroke measure on all small lots. If yon [you] want a large lot write for prices. WHITE BOTTOM SETS--White onion sets grown from seed are the most popular and best for early use and large onions. Pt. 20c, qt. 30c, postpaid; pk. 90c, bu. $3.00.

YELLOW BOTTOM SETS.--Like the White, except color. More used than any other kind. Pt. 15c, qt. 30c, pk. 75c, bu. $2.50. RED BOTTOM SETS.--Like above, except that they are of dark red color. Very hardy. Pt. 15c, qt. 30c, pk. 85c, bu. $2.75. WHITE MULTIPLIER ONION SETS--Pure silvery white color; frequently producing as many as twenty bulbs in a single cluster from one bulb planted; excellent quality; very early. Pt. 20c, qt. 40c, pk. $1.25.

POTATO or MULTIPLIER ONION SETS.--Early cropper; matures quickly; mild and of sweet flavor. Pt. 20c, qt. 35c, pk. $1.10, bu. $3.75. RED TOP or BUTTON SETS.--These are the old-fashioned sets still largely called for in some sections. Pt. 20c, qt. 35c, pk. $1.00, bu. $3.50. PERENNIAL or WINTER--Also called Egyptian and Tree onions. Usually set in the fall; come up year after year without winter protection; produce the earliest spring onions. Pt. 15c, qt. 25c, pk. 60c, bu. $1.75.

JOHN SHAW, OF FAIRPORT, KAN., SAYS: "I grew some Onions from your seed weighing four pounds each."

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[image] WHITE VELVET OKRA.

OKRA, OR GUMBO. One ounce will sow about 80 feet of drill. Why not try Okra this year? It is extra nice for soups, stews, etc., and also much liked when pickled. Sow at the usual time of tender vegetables, in drills 2 inches deep, leaving the plants from 2 to 3 feet apart. Pick pods while still tender and slice crosswise before cooking. DWARF WHITE VELVET.--Pods round, smooth and of an attractive white velvety appearance, very tender and of a superior flavor. Plants dwarf and very productive. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c.

PARSNIPS. One ounce will sow 200 feet of drill; 5 lbs. to an acre. Sow early in spring in good rich soil, which has been plowed deep, in drills 15 inches apart, covering half an inch. Thin to five or six inches apart in rows. They are improved by frost. IMPROVED TABLE GUERNSEY.--A greatly improved and wonderfully fine strain of the Guernsey Hollow Crown Parsnip. The roots do not grow as long as the Hollow Crown, but are of greater diameter and more easily gathered. A very heavy cropper; the roots are smooth, with a deep hollow crown and a small top. The flesh is fine grained, sweet and of excellent quality; cooks evenly all the way through to the center which is as fine, soft and even quality as outside portions. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 65c. HOLLOW CROWN or LONG SUGAR.--The old standard. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 40c.

[image] PARSNIP.

PARSLEY. One ounce will sow 150 feet of drill. Sow in March, thinly in drills one foot apart and half an inch deep. Soak seed in warm water a few hours before sowing. For winter use protect in a glass frame or light cellar. MARKET GARDENER'S.--An extra choice stock, with dark green beautifully curled mossy leaves, very ornamental in its growth, and very productive. Most valuable for either garnishing or flavoring. Earlier than other varieties and what is more important it retains its dark green color late in the fall, and continues to produce well throughout the winter when transferred to the greenhouse. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c.

[image] MARKET GARDENER'S PARSLEY

CHAMPION MOSS CURLED.--A very select stock, most beautifully crimped and curled. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c. HAMBURG.--Turnip rooted variety, used for flavoring soups, etc. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 65c.

TOBACCO. One ounce will sow about 25 square feet and produce plants for one acre. This is a paying crop and will do well in this state. The following varieties have been thoroughly tested in this climate. 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 seeds very shallow. When plants are six inches high transplant into rows four feet apart. MAMMOTH MUSCATELLE.--Originated in the private gardens of the Shah of Persia. Very early, leaves long, small ribbed, and of finest possible texture. Pkt. 5c, oz. 35c, 1/4 lb. 85c. HESTER. Ripens early; adaptable to a wide range of soil and latitude, therefore surest. Yellow. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 75c. BIG HAVANA.--The most popular of all. Heavy cropper; fine texture, delightful flavor, earliest cigar variety to mature and ripen. Pkt. 5c, oz. 30c, 1/4 lb. 80c. CONNECTICUT SEED LEAF.--Well adapted to this climate. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 65c.

PEPPER. One ounce will produce about 1,800 plants. Sow seed in hotbed early in spring; transplant to open ground when the weather is favorable, in warm mellow soil, in rows eighteen inches apart. Seeds germinate slowly, and require considerable heat. Packets contain about 600 seeds. KALEIDOSCOPE.--A beautiful new variety, the plant when loaded with fruit being very ornamental, as the fruit differs so greatly in color. The fruit is of a yellowish-cream color, and then changes to canary, then deepening to orange, then turns into pink until it becomes a deep, shining scarlet. The fruit is of the size of a plum. Per pkt. 10c, oz. 35c. RUBY KING.--Very large size, 4 1/2 to 6 inches long, by 3 1/2 to 4 inches thick. When ripe they are of a beautiful bright ruby red color and are always remarkably mild and pleasant to the taste. Produces large, handsome fruits. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 65c. MAMMOTH GOLDEN QUEEN.--Average a third larger than Ruby King. Eight to ten inches long, bright waxy, golden yellow, and mild flavor. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 80c. CORAL GEM BOUQUET.--This new red-hot pepper is the finest of the smallest sized varieties. Excellent for pepper sauce. Pkt. 10c, oz. 50c, 1/4 lb. $1.60. RED CHILI.--Small, very hot. Used for pepper sauce. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 60c.

[image] RUBY KING PEPPER.

LARGE BELL, OR BULL NOSE--An early standard sort. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c. SWEET MOUNTAIN, OR MAMMOTH.--Similar to to the above, but milder. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 65c. RED CAYENNE.--Per pkt. 5c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 90c.

PEANUTS. Peanuts can be grown in Iowa, and everyone should plant a few for themselves and children. 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 to not break inside skin, and plant as soon as the ground becomes warm, from two to three feet apart each way, four or five to the hill, covering two inches. The soil should be deep and mellow. They produce 25 to 70 bushels per acre and are as easily cultivated as corn. Price per large package 10c, lb. 40c postpaid. By express 5 lbs. or more @ 25c per lb. SPANISH.--A very early variety, but the pods are small. Per package 10c, lb. 50c.

[image] TOBACCO.

A Good Garden. My wife and I have decided that your seeds gave the best and most vigorous growth of any seed we have purchased. Had a good garden regardless of the unfavorable conditions. Will purchase of you this year again.--John F. Hull, Dyer, Ark.

[image] RED CROSS PEANUTS.

NO ORDER IS TOO LARGE OR TOO SMALL TO RECEIVE OUR CAREFUL ATTENTION.

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[image] AMERICAN WONDER

PEAS. One quart will plant about 100 feet of drill; 2 to 3 bushels per acre. Peas mature quickest in light, dry soil not too rich. May be sown as early as the ground can be worked, and for a succession every two weeks up to July, or what is better, select several kinds which will form a succession in maturing. Sow in drills 2 to 4 feet apart, according to varieties, and 3 or 4 inches deep for general crop, although the first earlies will come to maturity sooner if only covered 1 1/2 inches. Wrinkled sorts are marked *. They should be sown thicker in the row than the smooth varieties, as they are more liable to rot if the ground is wet. Crop is quite short this year. Prices include postage. Pints at one-half the quart rates. 15c per quart discount if sent by express. Our packets contain about 2 ounces. GIANT GRAY SUGAR.--See Novelties. Per pkt. 10c. IOWA CHALLENGE.--An extra early variety of superior merit which is a favorite with Des Moines market gardeners. We can in confidence say that after a trial of nearly all extra early varieties offered to the trade we have not found one possessing more merit, hence its name. For the market gardener it has no superior. It is not only extremely early and prolific, but it is of good flavor. All the good qualities of the Extra Early are most nearly brought to perfection in the Challenge. Vines 18 inches. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. $1.00, pk. $1.75. *PREMIUM GEM.--Height 1 foot; early and prolific; a type of and an improvement on the McLean's Little Gem. Pods long and of dark green color. The most popular sort for family use. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 12c, qt. 45c. By express, 1/2 pk. $1.20, pk. $2.25. *GRADUS, or PROSPERITY.--One of the finest peas for family use; would be very popular, except for the high price. Pkt. 10c, 1/2 pt. 25c, qt. 75c. By express 1/2 pk. $2.00, pk. $3.50.

[image] A.BLANC IOWA CHALLENGE

*AMERICAN WONDER.--The most popular extra early variety for the family garden. Being very sweet it cannot be planted quite as early as smooth sorts as it will not stand as much cold, wet weather, but it is far superior to the extra early smooth sorts in flavor and table qualities. Of dwarf and robust habit, growing about 10 inches high, and produces a profusion of good sized, well-filled pods fairly packed with the finest flavored peas. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 20c, qt. 60c. By express, 1/2 pk. $1.40, pk. $2.50. ALASKA.--Height two feet, pods rather small, dark green color, well filled, the earliest pea known, being two days earlier than the Rural New Yorker, and ninety per cent of the pods can be gathered at the first picking. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. $1.10, pk. $1.90. FIRST AND BEST.--A standard early variety popular with gardeners in parts of the country. This variety is perhaps more largely grown by market gardeners for first early than any other. Crop is very short this year. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 12c, qt. 40c. By express, 1/2 pk. 90c, pk. $1.50.

[image] DWARF CHAMPION.

*DWARF CHAMPION.--This extra choice new variety is a great improvement on the old Champion of England which has been one of the sweetest, best and most popular varieties for the last 30 years. The old variety is very tall (6 feet) while this new sort grows only 2 1/2 feet, and still the vines are vigorous with a great profusion of very large pods filled with large sized peas of superior quality and very sweet. It is medium late and suited to main crop. Everyone who wants extra choice peas for family use should plant a few of these. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. 90c, pk. $1.60. *TELEPHONE.--Immensely productive of the finest quality and excellent, sugary flavor; vines very strong, the pods are of large size, with six or seven large delicious peas; height four feet. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 20c, qt. 60c. By exp. 1/2 pk. $1.25, pk. $2.25. *EVERBEARING.--Height two feet; late to very late; hardy, vigorous, enormous cropper, pods and peas of large size and good quality. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 45c. By exp. 1/2 pk. 85c, pk. $1.50. *ABUNDANCE.--A standard medium early sort. Large and productive. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 45c. By exp. 1/2 pk. 85c, pk. $1.50.

[image] NOTT'S EXCELSIOR.

*NOTT'S EXCELSIOR.--A superb new variety, and we are sure our customers will welcome it as an ideal family and market pea. It is fully as sweet and delicious as the American Wonder, and grows one-half taller. Pods are larger and it is far more productive than the Premium Gem, and it is within a day or two as early as the first early smooth peas. Mr. George Buchanan writes: "I found these peas a very distinct, pure sort, with many marked excellencies over the American Wonder, Premium Gem, Advancer, etc. The peas were ready for table use within forty-three days from planting." Quality very superior. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 55c. By exp. 1/2 pk. $1.25, pk. $2.25. *IMPROVED STRATAGEM.--Late variety for family or market use. Half dwarf, vigorous, branching habit, and under favorable conditions an enormous cropper. Pods long and filled with seven to nine large peas of extra fine quality. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By express, 1/2 pk. $1.00, pk. $1.75. MAMMOTH LUSCIOUS SUGAR.--This new sugar pea bears pods much larger than any other variety, often six to seven inches long, and an inch and one-half broad. They should not be shelled, but the peas and pods eaten together, and as they contain so much sugar, starch and gluten, they are very nutritious for family use. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 20c, qt. 60c. By express, 1/2 pk. $1.40, pk. $2.50. *CHAMPION OF ENGLAND.--One of the richest, best flavored peas grown. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 12c, qt. 40c. Exp. 1/2 pk. 75c, pk. $1.25. *JUNO.--This is considered by many by far the best wrinkled pea of its class to-day. It has very robust vines; stout, straight pods, usually borne in pairs. The pods are very thick, broad-backed all the way up and filled from the stem to the tip with seven to nine sweet, delicious, dark green peas of immense size. Its height is two feet, its season from medium early to main crop. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 15c, qt. 50c. By exp. 1/2 pk. $1.00, pk. $1.75. DWARF WHITE MARROW.--An improvement on the old Large White Marrowfat. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 10c, qt. 35c. By express, 1/2 pk. 50c, pk. 85c. BLACK EYED MARROWFAT.--Is grown largely by gardeners and also sown as a field pea for stock. Pkt. 5c, 1/2 pt. 10c, qt. 35c. By express, 1/2 pk. 60c, pk. $1.00. FIELD PEAS.--See list of Miscellaneous Field Seeds.

USE WIRE NETTING, LISTED ON PAGE 128, FOR SUPPORTING PEA VINES.

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