I recently came across an article from RealFarmacy.com that listed what crops to plant and how much of each one would need to feed their family for a whole year. As I have 3 gardens in neighbourhood back yards, I wondered how close I was to feeding myself, so I did a quick count and am amazed at how close I’ve come.
I don’t have all the same crops they do and have some they don’t and I will also have winter crops. So, just for fun, here’s their list/Ava’s.
Artichokes 1-4 plants per person/none Asparagus 10-12 plants per person/none Beans, Bush 10-20 plants per person/100+ Beans, Lima 10-20 plants per person/none Beans, Pole 10-20 plants per person/16 Beets, 10-20 plants per person/100+ Broccoli, 5-10 plants per person/6 Brussels Sprouts, 2-8 plants per person/6 Cabbage, 3-10 plants per person/12 Carrots, 10-40 plants per person/80+ Cauliflower, 3-5 plants per person/6 Celeriac, 1-5 plants per person/none Celery, 3-8 plants per person/3 Corn, 12-40 plants per person/15 Cucumbers, 3-5 plants per person/6 Eggplant, 1 plant per person, plus 2-3 extra per family/none Kale, 1 5’ row per person/winter crop 12 Lettuce, 10-12 plants per person/spring, summer, fall Melons, 2-6 plants per person/none Onions, 40-80 plants per person/40 plus spring onions Peas, 25-60 plants per person/spring 60+ Peppers, 5-6 plants per person/12 Potatoes, 10-30 plants per person/40 Pumpkins, 1 plant per person/1 Rhubarb, 2-3 crowns per person/1 Spinach, 10-20 plants per person/20 spring and 20 fall Summer Squash, 2-4 plants per person/8 Sweet Potatoes, 5 plants per person/3 Tomatoes, 2-5 plants per person/15 Winter Squash, 2 plants per person/8
In addition I also have arugula, 80 turnips, 30 leeks, 25 swiss chard, 20 collard greens, 50 parsnips and lots of basil and herbs.
Link to the full article is here: http://realfarmacy.com/much-plant-garden-provide-years-worth-food/