Wednesday, May 9, 2012

How Many Vegetables to Plant per Person

How many vegetables should I plant per person? Ever ask yourself this question? This question keeps popping up as more and more people turn to vegetable gardening to help sustain their family’s food budget.

I’ve done a bunch of research and have found some helpful websites which I’ll pass along to you. Different vegetables, fruits and herbs require growing a little more or less to sustain a single person for a year.

Figuring out how many vegetables to grow per person in your household can seem a little overwhelming. Let’s begin with the basics to really help narrow things down. Below are 3 questions to help with this process.

  1. Which vegetables does your family like to eat?
  2. Which vegetables do you eat most often?
  3. Are you planning to eat fresh vegetables, preserved or both?

Answering these questions is important because it helps to narrow down which vegetables to grow and how many. You don’t have to grow every vegetable imaginable, only those your family likes and the ones you cook most often.

Here are those links I promised to share Provides actual number of plants per vegetable/herb to plant per person  Provides a mix of number of plants and feet per vegetable to plant for a family of 4  Use this free seed calculator to calculate the number of seeds or transplants you’ll need per row to feed your family. 

The first two websites list averages. You can adjust the numbers according to your family’s needs and likes.

Food for Thought: According to, Americans eats an average of 415 lbs. of vegetables per year.

Which veggies will you be growing more of this year?

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