How Much Should You Plant To Provide A Year’s Worth of Food
My top 5 crops for getting the most bang for your buck in the garden:
– Green beans are loaded with calories and protein. They’re delicious as a side or integrated into a stew or casserole. Few things are as satisfying as a pot of green beans cooked in fat back. And they can be dried, which means that you can enjoy their nutritional benefits year-round. Plant pole beans, which have higher yields than bush beans and double as a dried or shell bean. On average, sew 10-20 bean plants per person per year.
2. Summer Squash
– If you have ever grown summer squash, or lived in the country, you know that summer squash, such as crookneck or zucchini, are incredibly prolific. In fact, only 1 plant per person is recommended.
3. Winter Squash
– Winter squash is a good choice because, as long as you store it somewhere cool and dry such as a root cellar, it will keep all winter long. 2-3 plants per person should be sufficient.
– Garlic is a good crop to grow because it doesn’t take up too much space. You can grow garlic in the fall, when the garden is lying fallow, and harvest it in the summer. Once you’ve harvested your garlic, you can then use that space for late summer or fall planting. Also, garlic is delicious and medicinal. Plant 15 bulbs per person, or more if you love garlic.
– Tomatoes are incredibly versatile. Not only are they delicious fresh, they can be used and preserved in a variety of ways including as marinara, salsa, tomato soup, stewed tomatoes, and ketchup. They can enhance almost any meal and are loaded with vitamin C. On average, 5 tomato plants are recommended per person. Consider planting several different varieties; cherry tomatoes are delicious fresh, but paste tomatoes are better for canning and preserving.
How Much to Plant Per Person: Additional Crops
- Artichokes: 1-4 plants per person, perennial
- Asparagus: 5 plants per person, perennial
- Beans, Bush: 10-15 plants per person
- Beans, Lima: 10-15 plants per person
- Beets: 10-20 plants per person, spring and fall
- Broccoli: 8 plants per person
- Brussels Sprouts: 5 plants per person
- Cabbage: 5 plants per person, spring and fall
- Carrots: 10-40 plants per person, succession planting
- Cauliflower: 3-5 plants per person, spring and fall
- Celeriac: 1-5 plants per person
- Celery: 3-8 plants per person
- Chard: 2 plants per person, regrows after harvesting outer leaves
- Corn: 15-40 plants per person
- Cucumbers: 5 plants per person
- Eggplant: 1 plant per person, plus 2-3 extra per family
- Kale: 1 5’ row per person
- Lettuce: 10-12 plants per person, succession planting
- Melons: 2-6 plants per person
- Onions: 30-80 plants per person
- Peas: 25-60 plants per person, succession planting, spring and fall
- Peppers: 5-8 plants per person
- Potatoes: 20-30 plants per person
- Pumpkins: 1 plant per person
- Radishes: 2’ row per person, succession plant
- Rhubarb: 2-3 crowns per person
- Spinach: 10-20 plants per person
- Sweet Potatoes: 5 plants per person
- Turnips: 2’ row, spring and fall crop