Vegetable Plotting…How Much Should You Plant?

10 Common Vegetables and How Much to Plant!

So much depends on climate, soil and weather but the following list will at least give you some ground rules to figure out how much to plant. Things like carrots, beets or cabbage are easier to gauge…you know how big they are so if you account for a few inches extra for wiggle room and leaves etc. you have a pretty good idea of how much you will get for your space. Others are more difficult to plan. Those are the ones included here. 

Asparagus – these perennial vegetables can be started from seed but are more commonly purchased as roots and spaced a foot (30.48 cm) apart. The first year the harvest should be minimal to help these long-lived vegetables establish a good root system but after that you can look forward to an annual harvest for up to 30 years…maybe more! Each asparagus plant will yield an average half a dozen spears so calculate how many spears you want per season and divide by six to get a suitable amount of plants.

Broccoli – Each plant will give you up to 2 pounds (1 kilogram) of broccoli heads. More if you eat (and you should!) the delicious stalks as well.

Brussels Sprouts – Each plant should produce at least one pound (half a kilogram) of sprouts. Check weight of bags in the frozen aisle of your grocery store to get an idea of how many sprouts that would add up to. Space plants about six inches (15.24 cm) apart.

Bush Beans – A ten foot (3 meter) row should produce 8 pounds (3.5 kilogram) of beans.

Corn – You should get three cobs of corn per foot (30.48 cm) of crop.

Eggplant – You can expect to get up to five pounds (2.3 kilograms) per plant.

Peas – For every 10 feet (three meters) of shelling green peas planted you should harvest at least .90 kilograms (2 pounds) of shelled peas or 591 ml (2 1/2 cups). Pick often for highest yield. For more information please visit this previous post about peas.

Potatoes – For every tuber (potato) you plant you can expect at least five potatoes in return. If your soil is loose, deep and fertile you can expect more than twice that amount. If our dollars in the bank multiplied so well, we’d all be at the beach. But then who would be hoeing the potatoes? Never mind.

Tomatoes – With so many varieties on the market and more being introduced every year, it is difficult to make a completely accurate guess but generally one plant for each family member will provide enough tomatoes for fresh eating, two per family member will allow enough for cooking and four plants each will allow enough tomatoes for canning and freezing as well, so you can enjoy your ruby hued bounty all year round.

Zucchini – Infamous for its high yields, you can expect 16 medium zucchini per plant; though far less if you allow them to grow to the size of a tiny house.

 Zucchini with flower

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