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Hastings’ Special Free Flower Seed Offer for 1918

We believe thoroughly in beautifying home surroundings, both in country and town. We believe in plenty of flowers, and will help you to get them in a practical way. With every order to the amount of 50 cents or over from this catalogue before May I , 1918, we will send, if requested, absolutely free, one packet each of the above-illustrated flowers, all beautiful yet easily grown:

Mixed Nasturtiums, Superb Mixed Poppies, Scarlet-Flowering Flax, Mixed Zinnias, and Japanese Sunflower.

H. C. HASTINGS COMPANY, Seedsmen, Atlanta, Georgia


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der seeds in packets and ounces to the amount of one dollar or over you can select other seeds in packets only to the amount of 25 cents on each dollar’s worth of packets and ounces ordered. This does not apply to the larger sized packages, such as quarter-pounds, pounds, pints, quarts, etc., nor does it apply on special collections of seeds, onion sets, plants or bulbs. You can not order a dollar’s worth of seeds in packets and ounces and then select a quarter-pound of something priced at 25 cents, or a pint of peas or beans as a premium; neither can you order a dollar’s worth of seeds in quarter-pounds, pounds, pints, or quarts, and then select 25 cents’ worth of seeds in packets. To be entitled to these premium seeds you must order seeds in packets and ounces to the amount of a dollar or more, and then select the premium seeds in packets only. We shall be glad to have you select the premium seeds that your order may entitle you to under this offer.

H. G. Hastings Co., Seedsmen, Atlanta, Georgia.


United States Food Administration

LICENSE No. G-0627@

A year sometimes brings great changes, and 1917 was one of those years. We, in conuuon with the other larger seed houses of the United States are under general control of the Food Administration and operate under a license Issued from Washington.

This country is not only at war, but is a very large part of the greatest war the world has ever seen, and in it each one of us must do his or her part in service of our country.

War is an abnormal condition. It upsets all usual calculations, plans and conditions, and the longer it lasts the more abnormal and upset things will be. It is estimated that there are not less than twenty-five million able-bodied men under arms now, with not less than ten million either killed or permanently disabled.

These tens of millions of men have been withdrawn from productive industry, not less than half of them from agriculture and the production of food. As a perfectly natural result the world’s supply of food is constantly growing less and less, putting on the United States not only the burden of feeding her own hundred million mouths, her soldiers in the field both at home and abroad, but the sol- diers and people of the Allied countries as well.

These general conditions naturally opened the way for the wildest speculation in food and similar products. The result of this kind of speculation was shown in the climbing prices of fiour before the Food Administration took hold of the situation on that particular item.

The Food Administration was formed primarily to protect the people from wild speculation in food and similar products. With that end in view, the Food Administration was created by Act of Congress at the request of President Wilson. Under this Act of Congress every person, firm or corporation dealing in food or similar products and doing a business above a certain fixed amount must secure a license from the Food Administration.

Under this license each business must follow certain rules or else have their license cancelled. The object of these rules is to protect the public from the results of speculation, or, in other words, protect both the people of the United States and of Europe (except the Central Powers of Germany and Austria) from excessive prices in so far as it is possible to do so.

One of the rules of the Food Administration is that all food products (including seeds) be sold by weight instead of by measure as has been common practice in the past. In so far as the seed business is concerned this applies principally to beans, peas, com and potatoes.

A part of the seedsman’s catalogue must go into the printer’s hands from 10 to 12 weeks before it goes to you. In our own particular case that portion of this catalogue containing garden peas, cotton and field corn had already been printed with the regular pricing by pint, quart, peck and bushel. Further, the packages for all these items in these sizes had been manufactured and it was impossible to have other packages manufactured in time for the 1918 spring business. In the case of all varieties of beans and sweet corn you will find, that while offered for the sake of uniformity by the pint, quart, peck and bushel, the net weight of each quantity is given.

In the offers of field corn by quantity the weights are: pints, 14 ounces; quarts, 28 ounces; pecks, 14 pounds; bushels, 56 pounds. In potatoes, peck, 15 pounds; bushel, 60 pounds. In garden peas, the round or extra early varieties, such as John E. and Alaska, weigh as follows: Pints, 15 ounces; quart, 30 ounces; peck, 15 pounds; bushel, 60 pounds. In the case of the wrinkled varieties, such as Surprise, Nott’s Excelsior, Gradus, Home Delight, Bliss* Everbearing, etc., the weights are: Pints, 14 ounces; quarts, 28 ounces; peck, 14 pounds; bushel, 56 pounds.

By the time our next catalogue is issued it will be possible for us to so adjust our business that peas, beans, corn, potatoes, etc., can and will be offered only by weight, doing away entirely with pints, quarts, pecks and bushels as priced quantities.

We are in full accord with the purposes of the Food Administration and will co-operate with it to the fullest extent possible

Alphabetical Index Showing Page For Catalogue Reference

Flower seeds are listed on pages 76-85.

Summer Flowering Bulbs are listed on pages 85 and 86.

Plants for the “Home Beautiful” are listed on pages 87 to 95.

So far as possible, in making up this cata- logue, we have arranged the vegetables, fiowers, bulbs and plants in alphabetical


Alfalfa Page 72

Artichokes 69

Asparagus 6

Bacteria, Soil Inoculation 71

Beans, Garden 6-11

Beans, Soy or Soja 66

Beans, Velvet 64

Beets 12-13

Beggarweed 67

Bene 67

Broccoli 12

Brussels Sprouts 11

Buckwheat 69

Bug Death 96

Bulbs 85-86

Bulletins, Hastings’ Free Farm 51

Cabbage, Seed and Plants 14-18

Cane, Ribbon, Orange. Amber 66-68

Cantaloupe 26-28

Carrots 19

Cauliflower 13

Celerlac 19

Celery 19

Chard, Swiss (Sea Kale) 12

Chervil (for seasoning) 20

Chufas (Earth Almonds) 70

Citron, Green Giant 31

Clovers 72

Collards 19

Corn Broom, Kaffir, Jerusalem 66

Corn, Chicken 68

Corn, Field . .52-55

Corn, Pop, Roasting Ear, Sweet 20

Cos Lettuce, White Paris 25

Cotton 58-63

Cress 23

Cucumbers 21-22

Eggplant 23

Endive 23

Ferns 92

Feterita 66

Fetticus (Corn Salad) 23

Flowers, Seeds and Bulbs 76-86

Flowers, Live Plants 87-95

Fungicides . . . 96

Garlic 35

Gherkins 21

Gourds 23

Grasses .73-75

Herbs all kinds 45

Honey Dew Melon 28

Horseradish Roots 40

Insecticides 96

Kale (Borecole) 11

Kohl Rabi 23

Leeks 35

Lespedeza 72

Lettuce 24-25

Millet (German and Pearl) 67

Mustard 32

Okra 33

Onion, Seed and Sets 34-35

Parsley 33

Parsnips 33

Peanuts 69

Peas, Garden or English 36-37

Peas, Field or Cow 65

Peppers 38-39

Pe Tsai (Chinese Cabbage) 17

Plants, Summer Flowering 87-95

Potatoes, Irish 40

Pumpkins 41

Radish 42-43

Rape 70

Rice, Upland 67

Rhubarb (Pie Plant) 40

Rutabaga 50

Salsify 45

Seeder, or Hand Sower 96

Sorghum (Cane) 66

Spinach 45

Squash 44

Sunflower 67, 84

Teosinte 67

Tobacco 65

Tomato 46-48

Turnips 49-50

Vines (See Plants) 87-95

Watermelons .29-32

This Catalogue Copyris;bt^(|, 1917,, by H. G. Hastings Co.. Atlanta. Georgia.


H. G. Hastings Co., Seedsmen, Atlanta, Georgia.



Few probably think much, when they drop a letter or order ad- dressed to the H. G. Hastings Co. in a far away postofiSce or hand to an E. F. D. carrier, about what sort of a looking place it is going to be delivered to.

While there may not be a great deal of curiosity on the subject, yet we print above a picture of the Hastings buildings in Atlanta, the place where every postal card, letter or order addressed to this firm is delivered and from which every seed order is filled.

We are proud of these buildings, the equipment and furnishings and machinery and employees on the inside of them that enables us to serve you better and quicker than any seed firm in this country.

With this building and its facilities for the quick and correct handling of seed orders going out by mail, freight and express we can handle without working over time to any considerable extent, over 6000 average seed orders per day.

There is no seed house in this country with nearly this capacity, even houses of greater age and a nation-wide list of customers.

These buildings Avere erected, not because we wanted to tie up money in brick and mortar, but because the space was absolutely demanded by the constant, steady growth of the business.

When in Atlanta Be Sui

We say this, not as a matter of politeness, but because we actu- ally want you to see with your own eyes just how this business is conducted. Thousands of our customers come to Atlanta every year anyhow, and .you will find it well worth while spending a half hour or so going through the building.

We want you to see the tens of thousands of bags of seed stacked up, seeds that come to us from our growers all over the world, seeds from Australia, from France, Holland, Great Britain. Denmark, California, etc., as well as from nearby Georgia counties.

We want you to see our wonderful packet filling machines at work, machines that measure exactly the amount of seed, open the packets drop the seed in, paste the fiaps, turn them over, seal them, then count them, filling them complete at the rate of 3500 to 4000 per hour.

We want you to see the millions of packets put up in advance of the active seed selling season; the orders being filled and checked to see that they are correct.

We want you to see them wrapped for mailing on the wrapping tables; then passed on to the special computing scales that tell the exact postage to carry it to its particular zone, then stamped, into the mail bags and ready to go to the Atlanta postoffice.


These buildings are necessary because the people of the South have been and are loyal to a seed firm that was building up a great seed business to supply the needs of the South.

We appreciate this loyalty and support and have tried in the past to deserve it fully. With the increased facilities in our buildings we can serve you now far better than ever before.

These buildings contain a little over 67,000 square feet of floor space, nearly ttvo acres if spread out on the ground.

They begin ii imediately in the rear of our Atlanta city retail store, (No. 16 'V\ . Mitchell St.) the front of which is shown in the upper left-hand corner of the illustration and extends entirely through the block to Trinity Avenue on the south.

They are constructed so that teams and trucks can drive directly inside the buildings and unload, the seed going to the upper floors being unloaded directly onto large electric elevators which carry them to the desired floor.

Electricity plays a large part. It lights the buildings from base- ment to the roof, its power moves the elevators, the packet filling 'machines, the bag sewing machines, the seed cleaning and reclean- ing machines, even the adding machines in the cashier’s office where the long columns of figures are added each day.

e To Come And See Us

We want you to see the larger orders being filled on the second and first floors to go on their way by freight or express and the •precautions we take to avoid errors in shipment by the use of dif- ferent colored tags.

We want you to see the recleaning machines in operation to show you just how much trash, weed seed and dirt can come out of what looks to be a fine looking lot of seed as it comes from the farm.

We w'ant you to see how we keep our lists of nearly half a million- customers’ names in a fireproof A^ault and how easy it is to find your name if you have bought from us any time within the last tw'o years.

If you come in January, February or March you can see the thou- sands of orders and letters being opened, the amount of remit- tances marked on the order, its being recorded and sent to its proper department for filling.

It’s a most interesting sight and you can well spend a half hour or so with us and we sincerely want you to come. We have nothing in the house that w’e -want to conceal from any customer or visitor. Entrance through city retail store at 16 West Mitchell Street, w'hich is only one and a half blocks from the Atlanta Terminal Station, four blocks from the old Fnion Station.


H. G. Hastings Co., Seedsmen, Atlanta, Georgia.


Along with our being in the seed business we are in the farming business also. We farm because we wanted to know by actual ex- perience just what sort of troubles our customers run up against in growing the different crops in the South.

When we "went into the farming business we tried to get as near as we could average conditions of soil, climate and rainfall.

We didn’t buy the richest land we could fina or the poorest ; we didn’t go to the extreme north or the extreme South, but located it in Middle Georgia.

We have plenty of rolling upland, some heavy stiff clay, some rather sandy, some hills so steep as to be fit only for pasture, some bottom land at times subject to overflow.

While we are generally against the practice of holding large bodies of land, yet our need of having considerable distance be- tween some crops where there is danger of mixing (corn for in- stance) made large acreage a necessity.

The lands of the Hastings Farm were, when we started, in the usual condition that lands are in most of the South, lands that had been “single cropped’’ in -cotton, butchered up by tenants; in fact, abused almost to the limit.

Some of our good friends in the seed business have some test ground patches of two to ten acres which pass for farms on their catalogue pages, but which are a joke from a real farming stand- point.

We didn’t want that kind of a joke farm, neither did we want a place for a little fancy farming regardless of expense. What we were after was a real farm that after it got started would have to pay its own way from the crops made on it.

We started out and have continued to grow cotton as our prin- cipal cash crop and we are doing so under boll w'eevil conditions which we have to contend with just the same as most of you in the Cotton Belt have to, and all will have to contend with sooner or later.

But on the other hand we pay just as careful attention to the corn crop, the oat crop, the various hay and forage crops, the cow crop, the hog crop and the manure crop as we do to the cotton crop.

We thought enough of our farming operations and the Hastings Farm to put the Vice-President of the H. G. Hastings Co. in full charge of it as resident manager, and right from the start, Mr. Brown has taken to farming like a duck to water.

He has put into it the same energy, thoughtfulness and enthusi- asm as was ever put into the Hastings’ seed business, and each year shows increased results that show that farms need and will re-

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spond to energetic and intelligent business treatment as well as an active commercial business.

The operations of the Hastings Farm each year give us full op- portunity to try out practically every new variety of field, grass, clover or forage crop, first under ordinary test plot conditions, and then, if they give promise of being of value, are grown under gen- eral field conditions.

It is not always that test plots are conclusive as to any variety’s value and before it gets a place In the Hastings Seed Catalogue and a recommendation to you it must have proved itself under field conditions of culture on the Hastings Farm.

We try out hundreds of new things on the Hastings Farm that you never heard of and never will hear of through our catalogue, for most of these new things have little value. If we can get one new good thing for you out of each hundred we try out we feel that we are lucky.

Some seed houses apparently don’t care whether a thing has value so long as it is new, but that has never been the Hastings, policy. When a variety is given a place in our catalogue that is a recommendation in itself.

The Hastings Farm is the great “checking up’’ place on all these varieties, not only in small test plots under high fertilizing, but out in the broad fields where they have to stand the same treat- ment as to soil, season, cultivation and fertilizing as do the stand- ard well known and largely grown sorts. This latter kind of a test is the one that really tells.

No other seed house on the American continent is carrying on a farm like the Hastings Farm. No other seed house in the United States gets the chance to deal so closely and intimately with farm troubles and farm needs as we do, and this knowledge comes from our farming and gardening operations on the Hastings Farm, un- der the same general conditions and with the same general crops that you do.

Below we print a picture from a photograph taken on the Hast- ings farm. It doesn’t show cotton or any other growing crop ; but the stacks of hay saved for the winter feeding of the stock housed in a good barn. This means plenty of of manure and it’s all part of a looking ahead, first for a money saving in feed; second, for a cut- ting down of fertilizer bills, third for better succeeding crops.

Is it any more than a plain common sense proposition to say that a Southern seed firm carrying on farm work as ours is, both in farming, the growth and sale of seeds is the safest firm for you to trust your seed order with out of all firms in this country?


H. G. Hastings Co,, Seedsmen, Atlanta, Georgia.


It isn*t often that we have to take off our hat to a city or town man when it comes to garden matters, but we had to do it right here in Atlanta last summer.

The illustration from a photograph shown above is the city lot garden of Mr. C. B. Walker, of North Ashby street, and believe us, Mr. Walker had a real garden. We forget now how many dififerent kinds of vegetables there was in it, but there was everything in there that Mr. Walker and his family liked to eat.

Further, this garden didn’t take any of Mr. Walker’s regular time for he works regularly in one of the down town stores. The garden above was made and cultivated, kept replanted and the ground busy all season i a Mr. Walker’s odd moments, the waiting for break- fast time in the morning and after the day’s work was done in the evening.

Mr. Walker did not tell us just what it did to his store hill, but if it didn’t come mighty close to cutting it in two while that gar- den was going we are ready to buy him a new hat. We certainly hope the printer does a good job on this picture, for it was a well worth while garden, just such a garden as there can be and should be on every farm and in every town or city lot in the South.

We are not trying to show you Mr. Walker’s garden because he planted Hastings’ Seeds (although he did), but because we would like to see just as good a garden as Mr. Walker’s on every farm and on every town lot in the South in 1918, regardless of whether it is

planted with Hastings’ Seeds or seeds from other reliable seedsmen. Our country is at war, a part of the greatest war the world has ever seen. It must be fought to a victorious finish. France, Eng- land, Italy, Belgium and other nations have been fighting a common enemy for 3V& years. Our own boys are already over there by the hundreds of thousands and more going every week. No one knows yet how many millions of our boys must go before it ends.

They must be fed as well as the French, British, Italians and oth- ers. Really this war will in the end be won by food, for men can- not fight unless well fed, and the United States must do most of the feeding and right here is where a good “War Seri’ice Garden” for you comes in.

It’s true that the fresh vegetables from your garden and the cans you put up won’t go to France, but every mesar of vegetables from your garden, every can you put up from it for winter use that dis- places what you have been buying from your merchant releases just that much more food and canned goods for our soldiers both at home and in France.

Don’t be fooled by the silly lies passed around that our Govern- ment is going to seize the home canned vegetables and fruits on closet shelves. There is nothing to it. These lies are started by enemies in this country. Make a real “War Service Garden” in 1918. Eat all you want from it, can or dry the surplus. Serve your coun- try in this way. at the same time save money for yourself.

H. G. Hastings Co., Seedsmen, Atlanta, Georgia.


Our Free Flower Seed Offer

Have You Plenty of Flowers About Your Home? If Not, Why Not?

Wouldn’t you like to have more flowers about your home in 1918? It’s groing to be mighty easy for you to do it this year.

We believe in flowers and shade trees and grass plots. They beautify and make attractive our homes as nothing else can do. A man or a woman who lives in a home surrounded with flowers and trees feels a satisfaction and contentment with life that the occupant of a home without such surroundings cannot feel. Most of our wives and daughters take naturally to flowers; want them and enjoy them, and while it is natural that the men folks are more interested in the growing fields of cotton, corn and other crops, it is nothing more than right that the ladies should have a part that they can enjoy. We have thought about this subject many hundreds of times. As we travel over the South from year to year the most depressing thing to us is the sight of tens of thousands of farm and small town homes without flowers and attractive surroundings, and few of them who have any flowers have enough.

Such an offer as this has never been made before by any other reliable seed house. We want to encourage a more general planting of flowers in the South in 1918. With that in view we shall give absolutely free to every one who orders seeds from this catalogue to the amount of 50 cents or more, and who requests these free flower seeds, one packet each of Japanese Chrysanthemum Flowered Sunflower, Nasturtiums, Finest Mixed; Hastings’ Superb 31ixed Poppies, Hastings’ Mixed Zinnias, and Scarlet Flowering Flax. These are all very desirable and easily grown flowers. You will find them all illustrated in natural colors on the second page of the cover of this catalogue. We don’t know of a family in the South that doesn’t want at least 50 cents’ worth of seed each spring. Y"ou need the seed for your garden anyhow. Why not send your seed order to US now and get these 5 packets of flower seed absolutely free? All it takes is an order to the amount of 50 cents or over sent to us and a request for these flower seed to be sent with it. It’s the greatest flower seed offer ever made. Take advantage of it promptly.

Hastings’ Seed and Plant Bargains

Hastings’ Introduc- tory Flower Seed Collection (No. I)

10 Packets, 25 Cents, Postpaid

1 Pkt. Sweet Alyssum $0.0o

1 Pkt. Cosmos, Finest Mixed. . . .05

1 Pkt. Kochia or Burning Bush . .10

1 Pkt. Dianthus, Superb Mixed . .10

1 Pkt. Four O’Clocks, Mixed. . . .05

1 Pkt. Nasturtiums, Tall Mixed . .05

1 Pkt. Pansy, French Mixed ... .10

1 Pkt. Petunias, Single Mixed . . .05

1 Pkt. Poppies, Superb Mixed . . .05

1 Pkt. Mixed Sweet Peas 05


For 25 cents we will send one full size packet each of the above 10 varie- ties, postpaid.

Hastings’ Half-Dollar Flower Seed Collection (No. 2)

20 Packets, 50 Cents, Postpaid

1 Pkt. Alyssum, Sweet $0.05

1 Pkt. Centaurea (Sweet Sultan). .10

1 Pkt. Antirrhinum, Mixed 05

1 Pkt. Asters, Fine Mixed 10

1 Pkt. Balsam, Rose- Flowered . . .10

1 Pkt. Candytuft, Empress 10

1 Pkt. Canna, Mixed 10

1 Pkt. Celosia, Dwarf Mixed ... .05

1 Pkt. Japanese Morning Glory . .10

1 Pkt. Kochia or Burning Bush . .10

1 Pkt. Dianthus, Superb Mixed . .10

1 Pkt- ZinninH Tnll 'nr»’hlp Afi-v’d 05

1 Pkt. Mignonette, Fragrant ... .05

1 Pkt. Tall Mixed Nasturtium. . .05

1 Pkt. Pansy, French Mixed ... .10

1 Pkt. Petunias, Finest Mixed. . .05

1 Pkt. Phlox, Grand Mixed ... .10

1 Pkt. Poppies, Superb Mixed . . .05

1 Pkt. Mixed Sweet Peas 05

I Pkt. Verbena, Finest Mixed . . .05


For 50 cents, we will send, post- paid, the above 20 full size packets of Flower Seed. No changes will be allowed in this collection. No others will be sold at these prices.



1 Pkt. Sure-Head Cabbage $0.10

1 Pkt. Lentz’ Extra Early Turnip Beet. . . .05

1 Pkt. Hastings’ Drumh’d Cabbage Lettuce .05

1 Pkt. Improved Acme Tomato 05

1 Pkt. Early Long Scarlet Radish 05

1 Pkt. True Southern Collard 05

1 Pkt. Chinese Mustard $0.05

1 Pkt. Florida Favorite Watermelon 05

1 Pkt. Rockyford Cantaloupe 05

1 Pkt. Early White Flat Dutch Turnip. . .05


For 25 cents we will send the above 10 full-size packets of seed by mail, postpaid ^No changes will be allowed in this collection No others will be sold at these prices.

20 Packets


50 Cents

1 Pkt. All-Head Cabbage $0.10

1 Pkt. Sure Crop Cabbage 10

1 Pkt. Lentz’ Extra Early Turnip Beet. . -.05

1 Pkt. Chantenay Carrot 05

1 Pkt. Hastings’ White Spine Cucumber. . .05

1 Pkt. (half size) Valentine Bean 05

1 Pkt. True Southern Collard 05

1 Pkt California Cream Butter Lettuce . . .05

1 Pkt. Rockyford Cantaloupe 05

1 Pkt. Florida Favorite Watermelon 05

1 Pkt. Watson Watermelon 10

1 Pkt. Giant Chinese Mustard .$0.05

1 Pkt. Prizetaker Onions 10

1 Pkt. Perkins’ Mammoth Long Pod Okra. .05

1 Pkt. Rosy Gem Radish 05

1 Pkt. Early Long Scarlet Radish 05

1 Pkt. Early White Bush Squash 05

1 Pkt. Improved Acme Tomato 05

1 Pkt. (half size) Mammoth Podded Pea. . .05

1 Pkt. Early White Flat Dutch Turnip. . . .05


For 50 cents we will send the above 20 packets of seed by mail, postpaid ^Ko changes will be allowed in this collection No others will be sold at these prices.

$1 Family Garden Collection (No. 5)

1 Pint Extra Early Red Valentine Bean . .$0.40

1 Pint Mammoth Podded Peas 30

1 Ounce Lentz’ Beets 10

1 Pkt. Sure Crop Cabbage 10

1 Pkt. Centennial Flat D. Cabbage (late). . .10

1 Pkt. California Cream Butter Lettuce. . . .05

1 Pkt. Redfield Beauty Tomato 10

1 Ounce Long Scarlet Radish 10

1 Pkt. Prizetaker Onion 10

1 Pkt. Hastings’ White Spine Cucumber . .$0.05

1 Pkt. Chinese Mustard 05

1 Pkt. Early White Bush Squash 05

1 Ounce Florida Favorite Watermelon ... .10

1 Ounce Early White Flat Dutch Turnip. .10 1 Pkt. Rockford Cantaloupe 05

1 Pkt. True Southern Collard 05


Plant Flowers Around Your Home

Dacac Qiinni# QaiiFH '^^^elve of the best everblooming bush roses

llOSeSp auniiy OOUXII x^oiiecxion for the south— three white, three red, three yellow, three pink. Twelve separate and distinct varieties, well rooted, healthy plants, postpaid, for 85 cents. See page 87.

Geraniums, Our Eclipse Collection

est French and American varieties. Specially selected for Southern conditions. Twelve separate and distinct varieties, healthy well rooted plants, 85 cents, postpaid. See page 88.

Superb Chrysanthemum Collection of the best shades and colors select- ed from the best garden growing varieties. These will please yon. Twelve strong, healthy plants, postpaid, for 85 cents. See page 89.

H, G. Hastings Co., Seedsmen, Atlanta, Georgia.


Hastings' Right Varieties of Right Quaiity at Right Prices

Seeds PostDaid bv Parcel Post that the prices given in this

include delivery of all seeds b’ packet, ounce, quarter-pound, pound, pint or quart, except where noted. Send us the amount named in this catalogue, and we guarantee safe delivery by mail in these quantities This does not include pecks or bushels.

|_i|sA|>9| PrAfllilllinS T’l^^se bear in mind that on seeds in packets and ounces MB oniy, oxcopt cauliflowor in ounces (no quarter- pounds

pounds, pints or quarts), the purchaser may select 25 cents worth extra on each dollar sent This does not apply to orders for collections, prices of which are net. Please read carefully our Special Premium Offer on back of Order Sheet.

nf Sckfirlino' MnnAV cases where the order for seed amounts to

■•■wlicjr one dollar or more, the cost of postoffice or express money order, or cost of registering the letters from places that are not money order offices, may be deducted from the amount of the order.

On orders of seeds where the amount is less than 50 cents, we will accept Parcel Post stamps in good condition (one, two and three-cent stamps pre- ferred) the same as cash, but we would ask those remitting stamps to wrap them in oiled paper, if possible, to prevent their sticking together or to the order.

DKACAn#' Dai'tte Some 4 years ago the sweeping reduction in ex-

press rates ordered by the United States Interstate Commerce Commission went into effect, and we have had enough shipplng-by-express expe- rience to know the effect of these changes. Under the old rates seeds were carried by the express companies on a special class basis wffiich was about one-third less than the regular rates. Under the rulings of the Commission all of these special express rates were abol- ished and regular rates applied to seed shipments. After working under the new rates for some time w'e are able to say that there is no material difference between the new rates and the old special seed rates that were so generally satisfactory. Rates to some points are raised, to others lowered, but on an average they are about the same.

Every Time You Order Seeds or Write to Us Be Sure and Write Your Name, Post Office and StatePiainiy. Hundreds of Orders Are Deiayed Every Year Because the Sender Forgets to Sign His Name or Give His Post Office Address.

AhAUi! fantv Hastings CO. gives no warranty, either express or implied, as to description, quality, produc-

wwai I ailAjr tiveness or any other matter, of any seeds, bulbs, or plants they send out, and will not be in any way respon- sible for the crop. If the purchaser does not accept the goods on these terms, they are at once to be returned, and any money that may have been paid for them will be refunded. Crops are dependent for success or failure on so many things besides seed that it is impos- sible for us to give any warranty or guarantee. This does not mean that we lack confidence in the seeds we sell, but we have no control over the seeds after they leave our house, especially so as to the methods of planting, cultivating and fertilizing, all of which are important factors in the success of any crop. If we should warrant or guarantee seeds in any way, we could be held responsible for the failure of the crop, regardless of cause, and this is a responsibility we cannot and will not accept. No responsible seedsman gives any warranty.

Palmetto Asparagus Seed (No. I) s°S“°SMa*ranX‘ JowuV°eiaM

spring or fall, thinly in drills one foot apart. When up well, cultivate frequently and continue until the roots have grown for one year. In transplanting put the roots 18 inches apart each way and 4 inches below the surface. Use your richest piece of ground and remember that you can not use too much manure on asparagus. Palmetto is earlier, a better yielder and more even and regular in growth than many of the later introductions. Packet, 5 cents; ounce, 10 cents ; % pound, 25 cents ; pound, 75 cents, postpaid.

Palmetto Asparagus Roots (No. 2) in getting your Asparagus bed in con- dition to cut by the use of our splendid large 2-year-old Palmetto Asparagus Roots. Plant them this spring and cut good Asparagus next spring. While this is a little more expensive than planting the seed, yet the time saved and the generally more satisfactory growth makes it well worth while to use the roots. 50 roots, 85 cents; $1.40 per 100; postpaid. By express or freight, not prepaid, per 100, 90 cents ; per 1,000, $7.00. In 10,000 lots at $6.50 per 1,000.



In this latitude (Atlanta) sow bush beans from March till September. Continuous crops, may be grown through the entire summer. In Florida and along the Gulf Coast plantings may be made earlier, but bush beans will not grow well in that section during June, July and August so spring and fall plantings should be made. Sow in drills 18 inches to 2 feet apart, dropping a bean every 4 inches and covering 2 inches. Soil should be warm and moist for successful germination. When about to bloom draw the earth up around the stem. Keep the soil stirred frequently and as fast as the beans mature pick them off if you want them to stay in bearing for a long time. Quantity needed for planting one pint for each 75 feet of row; about 1% bushels Palmetto Asparagus per acre.

Plant a Big Home Garden in 1918

Good home gardens are both money-savers and health-savers. The_ vegetables from the garden regularly knock holes in both merchant's and druggist's bills. Make a real garden in 1918.

Henderson Bush Tima Bean See Page

A Pleased South Caro- linian

“I planted your McCaslan Bean last year. It’s the finest bean I ever saw. Picked 7 bushels of two rows 60 feet long at one piling.

T. P. Turner, Laurens Co., S. Carolina.


H. G. Hastings Co., Seedsmen, Atlanta, Georgia.


Bush bean crops during the past three years were the worst ever known in the history of the seed business. Many of the popular wax podded varieties and some of green podded varieties were absolute failures, the yield amounting to less than the seed stock planted.

Some popular varieties we have to leave out of our catalogue entirely, others we cannot offer in quantity larger than pints or quarts.

Wherever bush beans are offered in quantity larger than quarts we reserve the right to change prices or withdraw them from sale entirely. We have secured enough of the varieties offered to cover any reasonable demand on us for home garden use, but cannot sell large lots. Our suggestion is that the pole snap varieties be used to supply late summer and fall needs, as they are in fair supply and are abundant and long bearers. Our bush bean supply this year is better than last year, however, on some varieties.

Uaefino-e’ Cihioino'lAee /Ma The only absolutely striugless, green round-podded bean, stringless in

■■***^"**B® Vir WII WU ^nui uy an stages of growth, from the time the first pods form until full grown

and ready to dry up. It surpasses all other bush beans in crisp, tender qualities and fine fiavor. It makes a beautiful appearance with its long, smooth, green pods, natural size of which is shown in the illustra- tion of this page. It is a very prolific, strong, vigorous grower, and comes into bearing about the same as Ked Valentine and continues to produce long after other bush varieties have gone, the pods retaining

their superb eating and stringless qualities to the last.

Of greatest value to those with a family garden who de- sire to combine quality with the heaviest production.

Tests of it all over the South during the past ten or eleven years have shown its great superiority in every respect.

We recommend it highly to every one who plants bush beans in the South. It is the very best quality green- podded bush bean. Packet, 10 cents; Yz pint, 20 cents; pint (15 ozs.), 35 cents; quart (30ozs.), 65 cents; postpaid.

Peck (15 lbs.), not prepaid, $4.00.

Hastings’ Extra Early Red Valen- tine (Round Podded) (No. 25)

The most largely planted of any bush bean in the South : a splendid early, heavy bearing variety, well adapted to all parts of the South, for either market or home use Caution should always be used in the purchase of Ked Valentine beans on account of the large quantities of fiat- podded, tough, shucky beans that are sold every year, largely through local merchants and seedsmen, whose in- ducement to buy is largely a lower price.

If you plant Hastings’ Valentine beans you are safe in this