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How Many?

Raised Beds with Birdbath

The type and number of vegetables and herbs you should plant is entirely driven by your own needs and preferences. Love homemade salsa? You'll want plenty of tomatoes, peppers, onions and cilantro. You won't find cauliflower in our garden — can't stand the stuff. We do however have many successive plantings of a wide variety of greens for wonderful salads from April thru November.

"There's no substitute for experience." You learn a lot through hands-on experience when gardening — it's part of the fun. To get started, make a list of your household's favorites and start with a couple of different varieties of each type. Your knowledge of how much time crops require and how much of them you consume will grow each year along with your garden. We adjust our plans (a little or a lot) every year.

The following chart of guidelines on how much to plant of each vegetable and herb will give you a good starting point. Yields will vary somewhat depending on the specific varieties you plant, the season's weather conditions, and whether or not you do succession plantings (of Cool Season crops). It's helpful to take notes for next year.

Vegetable & Herb Quantity Guidelines

Vegetable or Herb

per 10-foot Row per Person
Yield
# Servings
Seed or Plants
Amount Seed or Plants
# Feet # Plants
Asparagus 3 pounds 14 crowns 8 5 4
Bean (pod) 3 pounds 27 seed 1.5 oz 20 20
Bean, (snap) 6 - 10 pounds 7 - 16 seed 1.5 oz 20 20
Bean, lima 2 pounds 18 seed 1.5 oz 10 10
Beet 10 pounds 40 seed 1/2 packet 5 20
Broccoli 8 pounds 24 plants 6 -8 5 3 - 4
Cabbage 20 pounds 106 plants 6 -8 5 3 - 4
Carrot 10 pounds 57 seed 1/2 packet 10 30 - 60
Corn 10 - 13 ears 10 seed 1 packet 10 10 - 15
Cucumber 10 pounds 45 seed 1/2 packet 2 - 3 1 - 2
Eggplant 12 pounds 36 plants 6 - 8 4 - 5 2
Garlic 4 pounds 120 cloves 30 1.5 5
Lettuce (leaf) 7 pounds 37 seed 1 packet 1.5 5
Onion seed 7 pounds 37 seed 1 packet 5 15
Onion sets 11 pounds 33 sets 60 5 15
Peas (pod) 6 pounds 48 seed 1.5 oz 10 20
Peas (shelled) 3 pounds 48 seed 1.5 oz 10 20
Pepper 12 pounds 36 plants 5 - 7 10 -15 6 - 10
Potato 10 - 30 pounds 30 pieces 10 15 15
Pumpkin 40 pounds 80 Seed 8 10 3
Radish 10 bunches 20 Seed 1 packet 5 10
Rhubarb 8 pounds 8 Crowns 3 3 1
Spinach 8 pounds 37 Seed 1 packet 5 20
Squash (summer) 30 pounds 137 Seed 1/2 packet 5 1 - 2
Squash (winter) 27 pounds 86 Seed 8 10 3
Swiss Chard (plants) 12 pounds 50 Plants 8 5 4

Swiss Chard (seed)

12 pounds 50 Seed 1 packet 5 4
Tomato 28 pounds 84 Plants 3 - 5 10 3 - 5

 

GrowVeg.com is a helpful online tool for planning quantities and placement of vegetables and herbs in the garden. The initial 30-day trial is free.

More Information

Visit the Vegtables Forum at GreatLakesGardeners.com to get answers to your growing vegetables questions. To ask a new question, Register if you haven't already done so(it's free and helps protect the forum from spam), click on Start New Topic, enter your question and click on Post New Topic.

Come join us at our Vegetables forum, Herbs forum and Growing Vegetables & Herbs blog.

You may also appreciate these books on growing vegetable gardens.

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