How Much to Plant to Feed Your Family for a Year

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How Much to Plant to Feed Your Family for a Year

Unread post by Old Fashioned » Tue Jun 07, 2016 5:01 pm

I could have sworn I had posted this before, but since I can't find it.........it must have been on the other forum. This list isn't perfect and you'd have to make adjustments depending on how much your family eats of that variety, but it is a place to start to get an idea. I've also seen other lists that can vary the amounts suggested here, but again it's a start



ETA: http://newlifeonahomestead.com/how-much-should-i-plant/

How Much Should I Plant To Feed My Family For A Year?

Here are a few recommendations mostly found in the book Reader’s Digest Back to Basics. Some of these amounts may be way off for your family, but like I said it’s at least a good general idea.


Asparagus: about 10-15 plants per person

Beans (Bush): about 15 plants per person

Beans (Pole): 2-4 poles of beans per person (each pole with the four strongest seedlings growing)

Beets: about 36 plants per person.

Broccoli: 3-5 plants per person

Cabbage: 2-3 plants per person

Cantaloupe: figure on about 4 fruits per plant (estimate how much your family would eat)

Carrots: about 100 seeds per person (1/4 oz would be plenty for a family of six)

Cauliflower: 2-3 plants per person

Collards: about 5 plants per person

Corn: start out with 1/2 lb. seeds for the family and adjust as needed

Cucumbers: 3-6 plants per family

Eggplant: 3-6 plants per family

Lettuce: 4-5 plants per person

Okra: 3-4 plants per person

Onions: 12-15 plants per person

Parsnips: 12-15 plants per person

Peas: about 120 plants per person

Peppers: 3-5 plants per person

Spinach: about 15 plants per person

Squash (including Zucchini): about 10 per family

Sweet Potatoes: about 75 plants per family

Tomatoes: about 20 plants per family

Turnips: about 1/4 lb seeds per family

Watermelon: about 1/2 oz. seeds per family
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Unread post by Farmfresh » Tue Jun 07, 2016 7:30 pm

Thanks for posting. This is a good list for idea purposes. I did notice that potatoes are missing from the list. If you should plan on 75 sweet potatoes, I bet you would need 150 or more potato plants.
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Unread post by patriceinil » Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:15 am

I haven't seen a list broken down like this before, thanks for sharing it.

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Unread post by calendula » Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:02 am

Good info OF!

Now if only I could get into my garden!

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Unread post by Old Fashioned » Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:40 pm

Here is another list and for the most part seems more reasonable in amounts, but again it depends on how much you eat of any variety, if at all. Here, we would not eat lima's, celeriac or eggplant, but would grow more spinach, tomatoes, asparagus, and cucumbers especially for pickles.

http://www.wellfedhomestead.com/how-muc ... th-of-food


Artichokes
1-4 plants per person

Asparagus
10-12 plants per person

Beans, Bush
10-20 plants per person

Beans, Lima
10-20 plants per person

Beans, Pole
10-20 plants per person

Beets
10-20 plants per person

Broccoli
5-10 plants per person

Brussels Sprouts
2-8 plants per person

Cabbage
3-10 plants per person

Carrots
10-40 plants per person

Cauliflower
3-5 plants per person

Celeriac
1-5 plants per person

Celery
3-8 plants per person

Corn
12-40 plants per person

Cucumbers
3-5 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

Melons
2-6 plants per person

Onions
40-80 plants per person

Peas
25-60 plants per person

Peppers
5-6 plants per person

Potatoes
10-30 plants per person

Pumpkins
1 plant per person

Rhubarb
2-3 crowns per person

Spinach
10-20 plants per person

Summer Squash
2-4 plants per person

Winter Squash
2 plants per person

Sweet Potatoes
5 plants per person

Tomatoes
2-5 plants per person

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Unread post by patriceinil » Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:50 pm

Cool, thanks |em21|

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Unread post by Dragonlaurel » Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:48 pm

:grin: Thanks for postings this, and the replies. It will help me figure out some stuff.
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Unread post by Biggkidd » Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:23 am

Nicely done!

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