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Home Garden Trials

County Agent News
Dan Folske
April 22, 2019

Soil Temperature/ Bowbells: 40F (at 4 inches under bare soil)

Home Garden Trials

          Do you plant the same vegetable varieties every year? Do you just plant whatever is available on the seed displays at local stores? Or do you carefully study and look for the best varieties for your garden?  

Tom Kalb, NDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist does research on the best vegetable varieties for North Dakota and you can be a part of the trials.  Every spring Tom offers seed packets to gardeners across the state at a very low cost who want to compare vegetable varieties and report their results to be published in his home garden vegetable variety reports.

The 2019 North Dakota Home Garden Variety Trials catalog can be found online at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/homegardenvarietytrials/documents/catalog2019.pdf

For just $1 per trial, you can participate and be a part of this great program. You will receive two packets of seed per trial, each containing enough seeds for a ten foot row, instructions and an evaluation form.

It’s not hard to participate! NDSU is not looking for complicated data. For each trial, we simply wish to know which of the two varieties germinated best, was most healthy, matured earlier, produced the highest yield, and produced the finest quality food/ flower. We wish to know which of the two varieties you prefer and which of the two varieties you recommend to other gardeners.

Each trial has two varieties and households must grow and evaluate both varieties. Gardeners may select up to seven trials to evaluate. All efforts will be made to give the gardeners their preferred trials, but seed supplies are limited. Gardeners will have the option to select alternate trials in case their first selections are not available.

This year’s trials include: Beans, Beets, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Melons, Peas, Pumpkins, Spinach, Squash, Swiss Chard along with varieties of herbs and flowers too.

What Happens With the Results?

Upon receiving the results of gardeners (typically soon after the first frost), NDSU will compile the results and inform gardeners of our findings. The results will be used to develop recommendations for gardeners in North Dakota and distributed via University publications and broadcasts. Results of previous trials are available at www.ag.ndsu.edu/homegardenvarietytrials/.

You can be a part of this great project!

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