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North Dakota Home Garden Variety Trials


Welcome!Sowing trials

Every year, a team of over 200 families in North Dakota evaluate promising vegetable and flower varieties in their backyard gardens. This year’s trials are currently underway and the first reports are trickling in. Results from these trials will be posted by December 31, 2017.

Evaluation Forms

Forms have been posted here. You can download either paper forms (for mailing or scanning and emailing) or online forms to submit your results. Results should be submitted soon after the first hard frost. 

Looking Ahead to 2018

Trials for Spring 2018 will be announced in February 2018. All gardeners in North Dakota and nearby counties are invited to join our team!

Please complete this form if you would like to receive the Spring 2018 Online Catalog

Current Recommendations

We have updated our list of recommended cultivars for North Dakota. This 2-page sheet includes a listing of seed companies that offer free seed catalogs.

More Information

If you have any questions, please contact Tom Kalb, Department of Plant Sciences.


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