If you ever wondered, "How many should I plant?" I put together this list of common home garden vegetables that I like to help both of us! Remember, if you love, love, love a variety, plant more of it! These figures are based on the gardener wanting a harvest a few times per week for fresh eating, not canning.
Beans (green) - 8 plants per person. I grew mostly pole beans last year, but am planting only bush beans this year. I find they are more reliable in my yard. They can also be tucked into most any empty space in the garden. I like to grow them in the holes in my cinder block beds! Just make sure to water them more frequently than if they were in a bed. I will be devoting an entire 4x8 raised bed to bush beans, for eating, and freezing.
|Jade bush bean growing in cinder block hole - July 2013|
Celery - 5 plants per person. Harvest an average of 6 stalks per plant. I have never tried growing celery, but plan to give it a go in a container.
Chard -5 plants should be sufficient for a family of 4. Harvest the outer leaves and let the others keep growing, you'll have chard all season.
Corn - 15-20 plants per person. You can replant every 10 days for a continuous harvest. I love corn! But, corn is not cost affective for me to grow. When I can buy it 10/$1.00 at the peak of the season, why bother to grow my own? Did you know that you only get 1 ear per corn plant? ONE! Not worth my time or garden space, but suit yourself!
Cucumbers - 4-6 plants per person. I grow lemon cucumbers on a trellis. I plant 6 for the two family members who like them, and always have plenty.
|lemon cucumbers - -August -2013|
|Dusky eggplant - July 2013|
|mixed lettuce - April 2013|
Peas - The more the merrier in my family! Plant lots, 30 per person isn't excessive. I plant only Cascadia snap peas. We eat the small pods, as well as letting some mature for shell peas. I will be planting my peas later today, in a 4x4 raised bed.
|Cascadia pea - May 2013|
Pumpkins - 1 or 2 plants per person should be fine. Ask yourself what you will be using the pumpkins for when you choose a variety. Cinderella is wonderful for eating/freezing, but not so suitable for carving into Jack-o-lanterns. Cinderella seeds cost more, but the walls are thick so there is more food value to them.
|Cinderella pumpkins - September 2012 (grown in manure bags)|
Squash (summer or winter) - 1 -2 plants per person. Plant more winter squash if you plan to store it for winter use. My family does not like summer squash, so I do not grow it. I grow winter squash only to use in pumpkin recipes. Last year my squash were all volunteers in the compost heap! I have high hopes for the same this year.
|acorn squash - August 2013|
|Sungold cherry tomato - July 2013|