Arkansas black apple in the late 19th to early 20th century, obtaining a new spring garden seed catalog only agreed to be as exciting as it's today. In those days, many families relied on the home garden or farm to offer all of them with nearly all of their edibles. Buying, selling and trading different types of edible seeds shot to popularity, allowing gardeners’ use of different types of a common vegetables and fruits. Few things are considered as down-home American as apple pie, so it’s hardly surprising to the majority of gardeners that apples are already part of our nation’s history from nearly the first day. In fact one of many Mayflower colonists’ first requests was for apple cuttings and seedlings. As our nation expanded from sea to sea, homesteaders took apples with these.