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IOWA SEED COMPANY, DES MOINES, IOWA. 19 PUMPKIN. [Image. Yankee Pie Pumpkin]

One ounce will plant 25 hills; 4 pounds will plant one acre.

The best, most enterprising and most prosperous farmers put in a crop of pumpkins every year. They can be grown separately or with a corn or potato crop and do not seem to interfere in the least. They are valuable for feeding to stock, and what is a fair without pumpkins or a Thanksgiving dinner without pumpkin pie? Planted with corn two pounds will plant one acre.

NEW ATLAS.—See Novelties. Per pkt. 10c.

YANKEE PIE.—This is the noted New England Pie or Small Sugar Pumpkin. Same shape and color as the Connecticut Field, but smaller, very sweet, fine grained and one of the best varieties for table use. We have sold this to thousands of customers in all parts of the country and it pleases everyone for making pies. Early and very productive. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c.

CALHOUN.—A great improvement on the Large Cheese pumpkin. Color creamy brown, flesh deep, salmon yellow, fine grained, while seed cavity is very small. Rind thin. When cooked it is very yellow and makes pies of a rich color, sweet and of the finest quality. Has been recently re-named by one dealer the "New Thanksgiving Pumpkin." Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 85c.

WHITE CUSHAW or JONATHAN.—Attractive and sells better than the old green striped sort. It is a large bottle-shaped variety. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75 cts.

KING OF MAMMOTHS.—The largest variety of true pumpkins. The flesh and skin are of a bright golden yellow, fine grained and of good quality. We know of one specimen that reached the enormous weight of 245 pounds. One customer writes us that he grew one weighing 158 pounds, and on the same vine had five other pumpkins from 90 to 104 pounds each in weight—over 640 pounds grown from one seed. Farmers and gardeners, just think of that kind of a crop! Will it not pay you to grow the King of Mammoths and exhibit them at your county fair? Our seed was saved from large select specimens. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c, lb. $1.25.

MAMMOTH ETAMPES.—A giant variety from France, where it is quite celebrated. Bright glossy red color; splendid for exhibition. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c, lb. $1.25.

MAMMOTH TOURS.—Also called Mammoth Whale. Originated near Tours, France, where it is largely grown, both for feeding cattle and table use. Grows to an immense size, sometimes three feet in length and to a weight of 100 to 200 lbs. Flesh of a salmon color. Seed of a peculiar shape. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c, lb. $1.25.

[Image] TRY THE COLLECTION OF Mammoth Pumpkins ONE PACKET EACH NEW ATLAS, MAMMOTH TOURS, KING OF MAMMOTHS AND MAMMOTH ETAMPES, ONLY 20 CTS.

A PRIZE OF $10.00 will be paid for the largest pumpkin grown from our seed this year, the report to be sent in not later than October 15th. Full directions for growing large specimens sent with each collection.

JAPANESE PIE.—This is similar in size and form to the well-known Cushaw, but the skin is a deep green, with darker stripes, turning to yellow as fruit ripens, earlier than any other pumpkin; seeds are marked with curious indentations. Flesh very thick and of rich salmon color, nearly solid. Dry and sweet, making rich pies without eggs. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 85c.

LARGE CHEESE.—(Kentucky Field.)—Large round, flattened fruits with creamy buff skin. It is an excellent keeping variety, with thick flesh of exceptionally fine quality. Commonly called sweet pumpkin throughout the west. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 50c.

CONNECTICUT FIELD.—The common field or cow pumpkin. If you have any live stock to feed it will pay you to put in a few acres of these. Per oz. 5c, 1/4 lb. 15c, lb. by mail 45c. By express or freight, 10 lbs. $3.00, bushel of 25 lbs. $6.25.

[image] KING OF MAMMOTH PUMPKIN.

SALSIFY, Vegetable Oyster.

One ounce will sow about 50 feet of drill.

Why don't you grow salsify? We are certain if you grow it one year you would never be without it. Salsify is one of the most delicious and nutritious of vegetables, and should be more generally cultivated for use in winter, when the supply of really good vegetables is so limited. It has the true oyster flavor, and makes a delicious and inexpensive substitute for them in soup, etc. Cultivate like parsnips.

MAMMOTH SANDWICH ISLAND.—Averages fully double the size of the old Long White. Roots are white, smooth and, notwithstanding their enormous size, are of superior quality. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.50.

WISCONSIN GOLDEN. — A most distinct and valuable new sort that we are quite confident will suit customers. It is of strong, vigorous growth; the leaves are dark green in color, finely crimped and curled. The roots are large, smooth and have a decided yellow cast, which gives it its name. They cut smooth and even throughout, unusually brittle and never stringy. When prepared for table are very rich, tender and delicious in flavor. Pkt. 10c, oz. 35c.

[image] WISCONSIN GOLDEN SALSIFY.

SPINACH.

One ounce will sow about 80 feet of drill; 10 lbs. to the acre.

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 throughout the season. For very early spring use, sow the winter varieties first of September, protect by covering with straw. Packets contain about 800 seeds. By express, 5 lbs. $1.25.

NEW VICTORIA.—This new variety is distinguished for its exceedingly dark black-green color, and also for its very long standing qualities, being from two to three weeks later than the ordinary Long Standing. The leaves are thick and spread out flat upon the ground. It is excellent for spring sowing, but not sufficiently hardy to withstand the winter in this locality. It outyields every other variety, and stands longer before going to seed than other sorts. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 40c.

NEW ZEALAND.—Very useful to supply the place of the ordinary Spinach during the hottest months of the year, or in dry, arid localities. A great acquisition and the most valuable of all for either the market or family garden. One plant will cover a space of ground 3 or 4 feet square. A few plants will supply a family with this delicious vegetable from July to October. Per pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00.

LONGSTANDING.—Standard with gardeners. Leaves thick, fleshy and crumpled; slow in running to seed; leaves round, large and of a dark-green color. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 15c, lb. 35c. By express, 5 lbs. $1.00.

PRICKLY or WINTER. A very hardy variety; needs only a slight protection of leaves or straw; used for fall sowing. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 50c.

BLOOMSDALE. — A Savoy-leaved, curled variety. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 40c. By exp. 5 lbs. $1.10.

[image] VICTORIA SPINACH.

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[image] EARLY SCARLET GLOBE.

RADISH. One ounce will sow 100 feet of drill; eight to ten pounds will sow one acre in drills. Radish seed should be sown in light, rich soil as early as the ground can be worked, and for a succession, at intervals of two weeks until midsummer. Radishes must be grown quickly and have plenty of room, or they will invariably be tough and pithy. Sow in drills one foot apart and thin to two or three inches apart as soon as the rough leaves appear. Most of our radish seed was grown for us in France, "the natural home of radishes," and we think it cannot be surpassed. There is a short crop of many varieties of radish this year. SCARLET GEM.--See novelties. Pkt. 10c, oz. 25c. NEW TRIUMPH.--See novelties. Pkt. 10c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 60c. NEW ICICLE.--See novelties. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c. EARLY SCARLET GLOBE.--A most excellent early radish for garden culture, and for hotbed forcing there is no variety so desirable as the Early Scarlet Globe. It is the earliest; its color is the handsomest; in flavor it is the mildest, most crisp, juicy and tender. It is the market gardener's favorite as a forcing radish. It forms small top, and will stand a great amount of heat without becoming pithy. Its fine shape, well illustrated by the accompanying engraving, makes it sell for higher price and more rapidly than any other shaped sort. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00.

[image] NON PLUS ULTRA

MODEL WHITE BOX.--An improvement on the Philadelphia White Box, which has been popular for several years. It is of most handsome shape, very early and has but few leaves, thus making it of special value for growing in hotbeds or "boxes" and one-third more radishes can be grown in the same space than with most other sorts. It is of clear white color, solid, juicy and unsurpassed in flavor. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c. NON PLUS ULTRA.--An improvement on the Deep Scarlet Turnip. Remarkably fine in quality, of very quick growth, and ready to pull within twenty days after sowing. Perfectly globular little roots of very bright color and excellent shape; certain to insure ready sale on the market. It is one of the best strains of early radishes for forcing. Beds are planted, the crop matured and sold and the bed made ready for a second planting all in thirty days. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 90c. CINCINNATI MARKET.--A most excellent long radish of beautiful glossy brilliant scarlet color, having unusually small top. The skin is very thin, and the flesh crisp and brittle and of a delightful pungent quality. It is undoubtedly the finest long red radish for forcing, and will outsell any other on the market. It is also an extra fine sort for the home garden, the quality being unexcelled. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 80c. WHITE STRASBURG.--Of a handsome, oblong, tapering shape, both skin and flesh are pure white. The flesh is firm, brittle and tender, and possesses the most desirable character of retaining crispness even if old and large. Excellent for summer use, and withstands severe heat and grows very quickly. Pkt. 5c, oz. 1[?]c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 65c.

[image] COPYRIGHTED 1889 BY A.BLANC MODEL WHITE BOX.

ROSY GEM.--An improvement on the Scarlet Turnip White Tip. Their shape is perfectly globular, with rich, deep scarlet top, blending into pure white at the bottom, exceedingly tender, crisp, delicious; equally desirable for either the market or home garden. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 85c. FRENCH BREAKFAST.--A medium-size radish, olive-shaped, small top, of quick growth, very crisp and tender, of a beautiful scarlet color, except near the tip, which is a pure white. A splendid variety for the table, on account of its excellent quality and its beautiful color. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c. EARLY SCARLET TURNIP.--A small, round, red, turnip-shaped radish, with a small top, and of very quick growth. A very early variety, deserving general cultivation on account of its rich color and crisp, tender flesh. Desirable for forcing or early outdoor planting. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 60c. WOOD'S EARLY FRAME.--Smaller and considerably earlier than Long Scarlet, which it very much resembles. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 60c. EARLY LONG SCARLET SHORT TOP.--An old standard variety of quick growth, with long, slender roots. Radishes are ready for market about twenty-five or thirty days after planting seed; flesh crisp and mild. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 60c. GOLDEN DRESDEN.--Little beauty, with golden brown skin, white flesh, crisp, juicy and of finest flavor. One of the quickest growing sorts, tops small, admitting of close planting. Whether grown in garden or hotbed you can depend on remarkably perfect, early, uniform crop. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00.

[image] PERP. WHITE SUMMER.

PERPUTUAL WHITE SUMMER.--This variety, introduced by us, has given splendid satisfaction to all who have tried it. They are pure white, of uniform good quality, crisp and brittle, and they keep longer in a fit condition for the table than any variety we know of, hence their name, Perpetual White Summer. Can be sown any time of the year and will always produce good radishes fit for market earlier than the Chartier, and keep in perfect shape for marketing about four weeks, or longer for home use. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00. ROUND SCARLET CHINA or CHINA GLOBE.--An exceedingly handsome new variety which will prove to be popular. It is of medium size, bright scarlet color and globe shape. It grows very rapidly, being almost as early as early forcing sorts and it holds its size and superior qualities throughout the summer. The flesh is pure white, crisp, brittle and most agreeable flavor. When sown later they make an excellent winter sort and keep well. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.50. WHITE LADY FINGER.--An improvement on White Naples, or Vienna. Large, white, crisp variety, about as long as Long Scarlet, and similar in shape. A very desirable sort. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 85c.

May 12.--We had Icicle Radish grown from your seeds on the table today and they were the best I ever ate. I enclose order for more of the seed. "No other kind will do."--Rev. E. L. Schreiner, Albia, Iowa.

[image] NEW GOLDEN DRESDEN.

OUR IMPROVED VARIETIES OF RADISH SEEDS ARE THE BEST AT ANY PRICE.

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[image] IMPROVED CHARTIER.

RADISH--Continued. IMPROVED CHARTIER, OR SHEPHERD.--Although this American variety is too strong growing to be used for forcing, it is one of the very best for sowing outdoors. The roots come to usable size very early, remaining hard and crisp until they reach a diameter of an inch or more, and so furnish good roots for a much longer time than most other varieties. Roots scarlet rose above, shading into pure waxy white at the tip. They are long, cylindrical for the upper two-thirds, and then gradually taper to the tip. Flesh white, crisp and mild flavored. Stands hot weather well. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 60c. ALL SEASONS or CELESTIAL.--Introduced by us in 1890 and has proved of great value as a summer and fall sort, keeping also quite well for winter use. Has large ivory white roots of excellent quality. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c. IOWA SEED CO.'S RADISH MIXTURE.--A superb mixture of all kinds of Radishes, early, medium, fall, winter, Chinese, etc. Sow a row of it and it will furnish you delicious radishes throughout the year. The early and medium ones, as they mature and are pulled, make room for the larger growth of the fall and winter varieties. This mixture is made up of twenty-five best varieties, and with it it is necessary to make but one sowing for the entire year. You will be surprised and delighted with our popular radish mixture. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00.

WINTER RADISH. Winter Radishes are not appreciated and grown by Americans as much as their merit warrants. They are easily grown, have few insect enemies and can be easily preserved through the winter, and there is no vegetable which furnishes a more acceptable relish. Sow late in the spring or in early summer in rows eighteen inches apart and thin the plants in row to six inches apart. Pull in fall and store in a cool place for winter use.

[image] MIXED RADISHES.

SQUASH. One ounce early varieties will plant about forty hills; one ounce late varieties will plant about twenty hills; 3 to 4 pounds to the acre. Plant about the middle of spring in hills, the early sorts four to six feet apart, the late varieties eight to twelve. Thin to three plants in the hill. The soil cannot be too rich. Use Slug Shot to kill the bugs. ALEXANDRIA.--See novelties. Pkt. 10c, oz. 25c. GOLDEN BUSH.--An improvement on the old Yellow Bush Scallop or Patty Pan. The earliest of all squashes. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 60c. WHITE BUSH SCALLOPED.--Similar to the Golden Bush. Color creamy white; an excellent variety for the family garden for early use. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 60c. EARLY BUSH CROOKNECK.--Splendid summer sort, early, productive, very fine quality. With all the new varieties recently brought out many claim that there is no summer squash superior to this. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c. ENGLISH VEGETABLE MARROW.--A favorite English sort. The fruit is variable in size, from 9 to 18 inches in length. Skin is greenish yellow, flesh white, soft and of rich flavor. Plant 8 feet apart. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.50.

[image] TRUE HUBBARD.

SIBLEY or PIKE'S PEAK.--Originated in Iowa. We recommend this as the very best standard variety of winter squash. Claimed to be a great improvement on the Hubbard. The shell is pale green in color, very hard and flinty, but at the same time so thin and smooth as to occasion the least possible waste in baking. The flesh is solid and thick and a bright orange yellow color, dry and has a rich, delicate flavor peculiarly its own; more productive and a better keeper than either the Hubbard or Marblehead and we prefer it for our own table use. Seed is scarce this year. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 40c, lb. $1.25. PERFECT GEM.--Is a strong grower, as many as twenty-four squashes having been produced on a single vine. The squashes are from four to six inches in diameter; of a creamy white, with thin, smooth shell, slightly ribbed. The flesh cooked, is dry, sweet and rich in flavor. It is a splendid keeper. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 85c. EARLY PROLIFIC MARROW.--Early and productive, the two most important features for the market gardener--white its attractive color--brilliant orange red--good cooking and keeping qualities, make it popular with the consumer. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c.

[image] EARLY PROLIFIC MARROW.

FAXON.--Flesh deep orange yellow, seeds few; the special peculiarity, however, is that while uncooked it appears to have a shell like any squash, but when cooked there is practically none, the shell or inedible part, being only about as thick as a sheet of writing paper. It is sweet, very dry, matures early and can be used as a summer squash. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 35c, lb. $1.00.

CHINA ROSE WINTER.--Bright rose-colored winter variety of excellent quality; certainly one of the best, and would be more generally grown by radish growers were it better known. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 65c. CALIFORNIA MAMMOTH WHITE.--Grown extensively by Chinese in California; 8 to 12 in. long, 2 to 3 in. thick; white, solid and of good quality. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 80c. LONG BLACK SPANISH.--A large, black-skinned radish, with firm white flesh of pungent flavor. It is a good keeper, lasting till spring. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 60c.

Fine Radishes. I like your Icicle Radishes very much. Enclosed please find order for more of this kind of seed.--Mrs. R. N. Warden, Vancleve, Iowa.

MAMMOTH CHILI.--The "Jumbo" of the squash family. The form is round, flattened at both stem and blossom end. The outer color is a rich orange yellow; skin is quite smooth, with wide fissures. Flesh is very thick and of a rich yellow color; the quality is good and nutritious. They are most profitable to grow for stock feeding. They keep well throughout the entire winter. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.50.

Collection of Hubbard Squashes. TRUE HUBBARD.--This old variety has for years stood the test of all rivals, and is the most popular winter squash grown; hard, green shell; flesh bright orange yellow, fine grained, very dry, sweet and of rich flavor; keeps in perfect condition throughout the winter. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00. WARTY HUBBARD.--A new strain of the Hubbard. The wartiness indicates a very hard shell, which is one of the best features of a long-keeping squash. It also denotes extra choice quality--the harder and more warty the shell of a Hubbard, the more delicate and sweet the flesh. The flesh, however, is not as thick as the above. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00. BLUE HUBBARD or MARBLEHEAD.--A splendid winter variety. Shell very hard, light blue color, flesh similar to the Hubbard in quality. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c. GOLDEN HUBBARD, also called RED HUBBARD.--This is a counterpart of the old Green Hubbard, except in color, which is a bright, deep orange-yellow, much richer in color than Hubbard, fine grained, cooks very dry, and is of excellent flavor. Its keeping qualities are fully equal to, while in productiveness it far excels the green variety. This is a squash that every market gardener should plant, for it is a "seller." Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00. WHITE HUBBARD or WHITE CHESTNUT.--The outside skin is a creamy white while the flesh is lemon yellow, fine grained, sweet, most excellent in quality, suggesting the flavor of a boiled chestnut. Size and form much like the Hubbard. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 85c.

COLLECTION.--One packet of each of the above five Hubbard's for 20c.

RHUBARB, HORSE RADISH ASPARAGUS, HERBS, Etc., SHOULD BE IN EVERY GARDEN. (See pages 24 and 25.)

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[image] THE EARLIEST TOMATO IN THE WORLD EARLY MINNESOTA.

TOMATO. One ounce will produce about 2500 plants. Sow early in hotbeds 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 growth. When all danger of frost is past transplant to the 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. Through long years of selection we have now a stock of tomato seed which is far superior to that of most other dealers. Our packets contain about 500 to 1000 seeds. GOLDEN NUGGET.--See Novelties. Pkt. 10c. PEERLESS or NO. 57.--See Novelties. Pkt. 15c. BOND'S EARLY MINNESOTA.--This handsome new variety is, we believe, the earliest in existence. Vines vigorous with rather small leaf. When quite small begin producing fruits which are of fair size, of good shape, smooth, dark red color. They ripen evenly, remain solid a long time and never crack. Thos. H. Brinton, who grows about 100 varieties of tomatoes, has originated several of our best sorts, and who may be called the best posted man on tomatoes in the United States, writes us: "Bond's Early Minnesota is the best early tomato I have ever tried." Pkt. 5c, oz. 30c, 1/4 lb. $1.00, lb. $3.25. SUPERB.--It is indeed s superb new variety which is sure to please every one with its high quality. It originated with one of our growers a few years ago and has been carefully selected to perfect the type. It is a sport from the old purple Mikado, retaining the robust healthy growth and potato shape leaf of that variety, but the fruit is bright crimson, same color as the Matchless. It matures at mid-season and is very productive. It is hardy and stands a frost which will kill other sorts, and it is also an excellent drouth resister. The fruits are of medium size and superior quality. When other varieties were badly affected with blight the Superb showed no signs of it. Pkt. 10c, oz. 60c. ATLANTIC PRIZE.--This is an extra early sort, but the fruits are flat and rather rough in form. It is smoother, however, than most of the extremely early strains, and ripens quickly a large quantity of bright scarlet fruits. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 70c, lb. $2.50.

STONE.--One of the best of all the standard sorts. The color is a desirable, bright red. The fruit is of large size, perfectly smooth and of best table quality in every respect. It is a famous main crop tomato in many sections, both North and South, and is much used for canning. Productive and the fruit bears shipment well. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 65c, lb. $2.25. WHITE'S EXCELSIOR.--Claimed to be the best purple tomato ever introduced and we have been surprised to see what an exceptionally large crop it yielded. The fruit is of a dark, glossy, purplish red, very large, handsome, and nearly solid, which is a peculiarity, as most purple sorts, like the Acme, are very full of seed. It is also unlike other purple sorts in that the skin is tough, so that they will bear long shipment and rough handling. By our illustration the unusual depth of the fruit will be noticed, as they are not flat like many others; vine is of dark green color, vigorous grower and sets the fruit in clusters, continuing to bear throughout the season. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 85c, lb. $2.75. LIVINGSTON'S BEAUTY--Originated with the late Mr. A. W. Livingston, of Franklin Co., Ohio, and is one of the best ever introduced. Its size, beauty, shape, color, flavor, durability and productiveness make it desirable to all growers. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 60c, lb. $2.00.

[image] WHITE'S NEW EXCELSIOR.

GOLDEN QUEEN.--The superior flavor of the yellow varieties is bringing them into favor as table fruit, and those who think of a yellow tomato as the rough fruit of the old yellow sorts will be surprised at this smooth, beautiful fruit, as smooth as the best of red varieties, and of a fine and distinct flavor. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 75c, lb. $2.50.

PONDEROSA.--This is the largest fruited tomato and of fine quality for slicing. Vines are of strong, rather open growth; fruits oblong in form, deep through, and generally ribbed; deep purple in color. Solidly fleshy with small seed cells; of sweet flavor. In good soil fruits frequently attain a weight of 1 lb. and over; late to ripen. Pkt. 5c, oz. 40c, 1/4 lb. $1.25, lb. $4.00. FAVORITE.--Vine medium sized, with large green leaves, having numerous clusters of three to seven tomatoes, of a rich, dark red color, of oval outline, very smooth; flesh firm. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.75. ACME.--Specially valuable for early market use. Plants are of strong, vigorous growth; very productive; fruit of medium size, round; color a glossy red, with purplish tinge; ripens all over and through at the same time. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 75c, lb. $2.00. LEMON BLUSH.--The skin and flesh are a bright lemon yellow with a faint rose blush or crimson tint diffused over part of the surface. It may never become a popular market sort, but anyone desiring a choice table variety for home use should not fail to have it. Pkt. 5c, oz. 30c, 1/4 lb. $1.00. IMPERIAL--Smooth, early, purple, solid and thick meated, immense cropper and a long keeper. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 75c, lb. $2.50. YELLOW PEAR.--A favorite with all who know them. Fruit is pear shaped and of a handsome deep yellow color; flesh yellow, solid and fine flavored. Highly esteemed as a table delicacy raw, but more used for preserving or to make "tomato figs," also excellent pickled. Pkt. 5c, oz. 30c, 1/4 lb. 75c.

[image] DWARF CHAMPION.

DWARF CHAMPION.--Its habit of growth is peculiar, for not only is it dwarf and compact, but the stem being thick, stiff and short-jointed, it is almost self-supporting when laden with fruit. In productiveness it is unsurpassed. It is also very early. The fruit is of a purplish pink color, always smooth and symmetrical and the flesh solid and of fine quality. Can almost be called a tree tomato. The best variety to grow for plants for sale as they are so stocky. Seed is very scarce this year. Pkt. 5c, oz. 30c, 1/4 lb. 90c, lb. $3.00. PERFECTION--This is one of the handsomest tomatoes grown, and all who have tried its invariably large, round, smooth, handsome, red fruit pronounce it of the highest quality. It has been used very satisfactorily for forcing under glass. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.75. IMPROVED TROPHY--First of the modern improved kinds. Our Improved Trophy is vigorous and productive; its large, solid, smooth, fine flavored fruit will satisfy the most exacting. Much liked for canning as well as fresh. Pkt. 5c, oz. 20c, 1/4 lb. 65c, lb. $2.00. CRIMSON CURRANT.--A most charming little fruit, hardly more than a half inch in diameter, of bright crimson color; borne in long clusters containing 20 to 60 tomatoes. Excellent quality for eating from the hand or preserved. Pkt. 10c, oz. 60c.

[image] YELLOW PEAR TOMATO.

TRY OUR EARLY MINNESOTA TOMATO--THE EARLIEST OF ALL.

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TOMATO--Continued. MATCHLESS.--Well worthy of its name, for in beauty of color and symmetry of form it is indeed without a peer. The vines are of strong, vigorous growth, well set with fruit; are entirely free from core, of the finest flavor, of a very rich cardinal red color, and not liable to crack from wet weather, of largest size, and the size of the fruit is maintained throughout the season. Solid, of fine quality and keeps well. Pkt. 5c, oz. 25c, 1/4 lb. 75c, lb. $2.50.

[image] CRIMSON CUSHION.

CRIMSON CUSHION.--The best climbing variety. Persons who have only a small garden will appreciate this variety which can be grown on trellises and in this way three or four times as much fruit can be grown on the same space. It grows 7 to 10 feet high, if desired, but as most of the fruit is borne three or four feet from the ground, well out of reach of the chickens, it is just as well to trim off the tips. Fruit is of unsurpassed quality, extremely large, exceeding any variety on our list. Seeds are few and near the outside, leaving center solid pulp which ripens evenly throughout, before the outside appears ripe. An elegant sort for slicing or putting up. Pkt. 10c, oz. 50c, 1/4 lb. $1.50. MIXED TOMATOES.--For the advantage of some of our customers who would like to try all kinds, we have prepared this mixture of the varieties named and several others, which we think will please all. Pkt. 5c, oz. 30c, 1/4 lb. 85c.

[image] FINEST OF ALL TOMATOES MATCHLESS.

STRAWBERRY or HUSK TOMATO.--Also called Ground Cherry. Pkt. 5c, oz. 40c.

TOMATO PLANTS.--Much time may be saved by buying plants and you will find them listed on page 25.

TURNIP. One ounce will sow 150 feet of drill; two pounds will sow one acre. For early, sow in April in drills half an inch deep and 12 inches apart, thin to 6 inches apart in the drill. For main crop sow broadcast during July and August, and just before or during a showery time if possible.

EXTRA EARLY PURPLE TOP MILAN.--One of the earliest sorts in cultivation. The bulb is very flat, of medium size, quite smooth, with a bright purple top; leaves few, short, and of light color, growing very compact and making exceedingly small strap-leaved top. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c. EARLY WHITE MILAN--Much like the above, but it is pure white all over, instead of having purple top. Quite popular with gardeners. Pkt. 5c, oz. 15c, 1/4 lb. 50c, lb. $1.25. EARLY SNOWBALL.--A globe-shaped, white-skinned turnip, which is exceedingly productive. The flesh is fine grained, firm, and of very delicate flavor. It is one of the best keeping of the white fleshed sorts, very early, and particularly adapted for family or market use. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 25c, lb. 75c. WHITE EGG.--A quick growing, egg-shaped, perfectly smooth, pure white variety with small top and rough leaves. The flesh is very sweet, firm and mild, never having the rank, strong taste of some of the early varieties. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 70c.

[image] EXTRA EARLY MILAN EARLY SNOWBALL GOLDEN BALL

GOLDEN BALL or ORANGE JELLY.--A very beautiful and bright yellow turnip of medium size and of universally sweet and delicious flavor. It is hardy and one of the best of keepers. Flesh extremely firm and solid. Always brings a good price in the market. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 60c. PURPLE TOP STRAP-LEAVED.--The standard for this part of the country for late planting. Round, flat, good sized, small top, good flavor. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 50c; 5 lbs. or more, not prepaid, 35c per lb. PURPLE TOP GLOBE.--Similar to above, except shape. The largest yielder of any turnip on the list; desirable for table use or stock. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 50c; 5 lb. or more, not prepaid, 35c per lb.

YELLOW ABERDEEN.--Excellent for cattle. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 50c. SCARLET KASHMYR.--This new, extra early, bright scarlet turnip has a striking resemblance to a large radish. The flesh is white and crisp. Matures almost as quickly as the earliest radish, and when cooked is of unsurpassed quality. A good keeper, and with its beautiful scarlet color, early maturity and fine quality, is entitled to a place among garden favorites. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 30c, lb. $1.00. MIXED TURNIPS.--All the table varieties of turnips mixed in equal proportions. A desirable mixture for family use. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 60c.

[image] AMERICAN IMPROVED RUTA BAGA MONARCH SWEDE RUTA BAGAS OR SWEDES

RUTA BAGA. Largely grown in the northern states and Canada for stock feeding, and for this purpose they are superior to turnips. Sow not later than June, in drills two feet apart, and thin out to eight inches in row. MONARCH.--This grand, new and distinct form of the ruta baga, is, we believe, by far the best of all. The bulbs are of tankard shape, with very small neck, skin dark red above ground and yellow below, flesh rich yellow, fine grained and best quality. Only variety succeeding on our prairie soil. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 60c. IMPROVED AMERICAN.--Very solid, fine quality, valuable for the table and for feeding stock; good shape; small neck; smooth skin; keeps well; a choice strain. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 45c. WHITE SWEET GERMAN.--Large size, oval form and very solid; flesh pure white and sweet. The best keeping variety. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 50c. CARTER'S IMPROVED HARDY SWEDE.--Large size, excellent quality, and an immense yielder. Pkt. 5c, oz. 10c, 1/4 lb. 20c, lb. 50c.

ONE COW. If you have even one cow, it will pay you to grow some Ruta Bagas, Mangels, Carrots and Pencilaria.

A NICE LAWN ADDS GREATLY TO THE VALUE OF ANY PLACE--SOW LAWN GRASS SEED.

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