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Evaluation Forms


Guidelines for Completing Forms

Forms should be submitted soon after the first frost.

Please remember that BAD information is worse than NO information. If you cannot complete the trial for any reason (hail, drought, or lost interest), it's okay. Just let me know and we will try again next year. If the vines of the varieties got mixed up or your children moved the plot labels, it is okay. Just let me know. These things happen.

If you are not sure about a question on the evaluation form, leave it blank. For example, if you do not remember which zinnia variety bloomed first, don't guess. Just leave this question blank. Again, erroneous information is worse than no information.

Here is an example of a completed form. The most critical information are: 1) which of the two varieties you prefer; and 2) which of the varieties you recommend to other gardeners in our state.

In case you want some background on the varieties you evaluated, descriptions of varieties are in our Spring 2017 Catalog and Fall 2017 Catalog.


Submitting Forms

Trial results may be submitted on paper or online.


Paper forms were provided when you received your seeds. If you need a new form, download it below. These forms are in Microsoft Word format. Once completed, forms can be mailed to:
Home Garden Variety Trials, Attn: Tom Kalb, 2718 Gateway Avenue, Suite 304 (note the change in suite number). Bismarck, ND  58503. This address is listed on the bottom of each form for your convenience.

To save on postage, you can scan paper forms and e-mail them to tom.kalb@ndsu.edu.


Research information can be submitted online. Click on the link and the form will appear. Fill out the form and push the submit button. It's easy!


Thank you!

Thank you for your service to gardeners across our state!  If you have any questions, please contact Tom Kalb


Paper and Online Forms

Spring 2017

01. Green Bean (Bush Blue Lake 274, Inspiration). Paper Form and Online Form.

02. Slim-Pod Green Bean (Crockett, Pike). Paper Form and Online Form.

03. Purple Bean (Purple Queen Improved, Royal Burgundy). Paper Form and Online Form.

04. Yellow Bean (Carson, Gold Rush). Paper Form and Online Form.

05. Green Pole Bean (Kentucky Blue, Monte Cristo). Paper Form and Online Form.

06. Vegetable Soybean (Envy, Tohya). Paper Form and Online Form.

07. Gold Beet (Boldor, Touchstone Gold). Paper Form and Online Form.

08. Red Beet (Merlin, Red Ace). Paper Form and Online Form.

09. Chantenay Carrot (Hercules, Royal Chantenay). Paper Form and Online Form.

10. Early Nantes Carrot (Goldfinger, Mokum). Paper Form and Online Form.

11. Mainseason Nantes Carrot (Bolero, Kuroda). Paper Form and Online Form.

12. Yellow Carrot (Chablis Yellow, Solar Yellow). Paper Form and Online Form.

13. Bicolor Sweet Corn (Ambrosia, Peaches & Cream). Paper Form and Online Form.

14. Bicolor Super Sweet Corn (Anthem XR, Xtra-Tender 274A). Paper Form and Online Form

15. Yellow Sweet Corn (Bodacious, Inferno). Paper Form and Online Form.

16. Early Ornamental Corn (Fiesta, Painted Mountain). Paper Form and Online Form.

17. Full-Season Ornamental Corn (Autumn Explosion, Glass Gem). Paper Form and Online Form.

18. Strawberry Corn (Cherry Berry, Strawberry). Paper Form and Online Form.

19. Burpless Cucumber (Summer Dance, Sweet Slice). Paper Form and Online Form.

20. Pickling Cucumber (Homemade Pickles, Regal). Paper Form and Online Form.

21. Slicing Cucumber (General Lee, Stonewall). Paper Form and Online Form.

22. Snack Cucumber (Mercury, Muncher). Paper Form and Online Form.

23. White Cucumber (Martini, Silver Slicer). Paper Form and Online Form.

24. Butterhead Lettuce (Adriana, Buttercrunch). Paper Form and Online Form.

25. Leaf Lettuce (Bergam's Green, Tropicana). Paper Form and Online Form.

26. Romaine Lettuce (Coastal Star, Fusion). Paper Form and Online Form.

27. Summer Crisp Lettuce (Muir, Nevada). Paper Form and Online Form.

28. Cantaloupe (Aphrodite, Athena). Paper Form and Online Form.

29. Large Cantaloupe (El Gordo, Solstice). Paper Form and Online Form.

30. Galia Melon (Arava, Diplomat). Paper Form and Online Form.

31. Red Okra (Candle Fire, Carmine Splendor). Paper Form and Online Form.

32. Shell Pea (Lincoln, Sienna). Paper Form and Online Form.

33. Snap Pea (Sugar Magnolia, Super Sugar Snap). Paper Form and Online Form.

34. Small Pumpkin (Early Scream, Neon). Paper Form and Online Form.

35. Medium Pumpkin (Early King, Howden). Paper Form and Online Form.

36. Large Pumpkin (Early Giant, Howden Biggie). Paper Form and Online Form.

37. Rutabaga (Joan, Laurentian). Paper Form and Online Form.

38. Smooth-Leaf Spring Spinach (Olympia, Space). Paper Form and Online Form.

39. Straightneck Summer Squash (Fortune, Multipik). Paper Form and Online Form.

40. Dark Green Zucchini (Dunja, Raven). Paper Form and Online Form.

41. Green Zucchini (Payload, Spineless Perfection). Paper Form and Online Form.

42. Dwarf White Swiss Chard (Barese, Silverado). Paper Form and Online Form.

43. Red Icebox Watermelon (Jade Star, Sugar Baby). Paper Form and Online Form.

44. Red Watermelon (Sangria, Sweet Dakota Rose). Paper Form and Online Form.

45. Yellow Watermelon (Gold in Gold, Lemon Krush). Paper Form and Online Form.

46. Italian Basil (Eleonora, Genovese). Paper Form and Online Form.

47. Thai Basil (Cardinal, Siam Queen). Paper Form and Online Form.

48. Cilantro (Calypso, Cruiser). Paper Form and Online Form.

49. Cosmos (Cupcakes, Double Click). Paper Form and Online Form.

50. Gold Sunflower (ProCut Gold, Vincent's Fresh). Paper Form and Online Form.

51. Scarlet Zinnia (Benary's Giant, Giant Dahlia). Paper Form and Online Form.

Fall 2017

Fall 01. Mizuna Asian Greens (Miz America, Red Kingdom). Paper form and Online Form.

Fall 02. Tatsoi Asian Greens (Koji, Tatsoi). Paper form and Online Form.

Fall 03. Purple Radish (Amethyst, Bacchus). Paper form and Online Form.

Fall 04. Red Radish (Rover, Roxanne). Paper form and Online Form.

Fall 05. Savoy-Leaf Spinach (Emperor, Reflect). Paper form and Online Form.

Fall 06. Smooth-Leaf Spinach (Gazelle, Red Kitten). Paper form and Online Form.

Please contact  if you have any questions. 


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