Vegetable Trials


Participating in the Ohio Vegetable Trials

Be a citizen scientist and contribute to our vegetable trials for Ohio. We are looking for people excited about growing vegetables in their home gardens and then letting us know what they think. Youth and adults are welcomed to participate. Each trial contains two varieties that you will grow side by side to compare throughout the season. We ask that you grow a 10′ row of each variety in the garden or 5 containers of each for those grown in containers. Youth only have to grow 2 plants of each variety in the Youth trials. You can select multiple trials. For each trial you will get:

  • seed for two varieties Adorable little girl smelling cucumbers and tomatoes in greenhouse. Season of ripening vegetables in green houses.
  • Row markets
  • A garden layout plan to prepare your rows or beds
  • Growing information specific to the crop species you selected, including planting date, plant spacing, nutrient requirements, etc.

All we need in return is for you to fill out your evaluation sheet throughout the growing season. Be sure to note things like germination, disease susceptibility, yield, and flavor. You can also let people know how your trials are performing throughout the season by posting pictures on social media using #OhioVegTrial

Now we are asking you to complete the sign up and send payment. Below is a list and description of each variety that will be used this year. Most are not from organic sources, but a few are. The vegetables are not experimental, but some have been released in the last few years. Others are old favorites being compared to new varieties to see if they still stand the test of time.

Each trial is $3.  We have created a payment site. Please go through the sign-up process and select your vegetables.  On the payment page, you can choose to pay by card or check. If you choose check, the details for filling out and sending the check will be displayed. Please send that in as soon as possible. You will also see the $8 charge for home delivery added to your bill.

There is also a $4 option to pick up at your local Extension Office and free pick up at the Athens County Office.

You also have the option of registering and paying for more than one person while visiting the site. The deadline for ordering is February 16 for guaranteed participation and March 1 for remaining Seeds.

Any questions? Contact Ed Brown: or 740-331-6060