Here's How Much to Plant in a Vegetable Garden to Feed Yourself

Do you struggle with knowing how much food to grow for your family?

Figuring out how much to plant in a vegetable garden can be tricky.

Here are five important things to consider before you start planting, how many plants you need to grow for each person, and how much space it takes to plant a year's worth of food.


How big is your garden?

By being creative with plant placements and repurposing household items (like a vintage clawfoot bathtub!) into unconventional planters, you can maximize a small space and produce more food than you thought was possible.


What does your family like to eat?

Be honest and realistic about what your typical meals look like, and how much time you actually have to use or cook what you grow.


How old is each person in your family? What is that person’s lifestyle like?

Keep the ages and lifestyles of each member in mind as you plan your garden, and adjust the number of plantings to suit everyone’s needs and likes.


Do you like to eat in season or preserve excess harvests for later use?

If you plan to preserve any of your fruits and vegetables, you’ll probably want to grow more than what is suggested.


What can you grow successfully in your climate?

Some plants are more prolific in warmer climates than they are in cooler climates, or they may have a shorter life cycle dictated by summer heat or fall frost.

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