I admit it. I’m guilty of starting a garden in the spring and planting one or two of about fifty different kinds of plants. And then, at the end of the season, once again I’m disappointed because I don’t have enough to feed us! Never enough tomatoes to can. Never enough eggplants to make a meal. Never enough squash to make a casserole. There’s just never enough!
If you’ve had this problem before, you know that it can be mighty discouraging. You start to feel that you’re just doing something wrong. Well, turns out I was.
Going through the trusty MacCubbin book this morning, I spotted his recommended “plants per person” section. Now, if you’re in any way interested in feeding your family this season, I suggest you take a good long look at these recommendations.
I’m just going to list the ones that we’re interested in growing. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to ask!
Corn: 15-20 ppp
Pole Beans: 20 ppp
Bush Beans: 50 ppp
Cucumbers: 3-4 ppp
Eggplants: 2-3 ppp
English Peas: 60 ppp
Cowpeas: 20 ppp
Peppers: 3-5 ppp
Summer Squash: 4-6 ppp
Winter Squash: 2-4 ppp
Strawberries: 20-25 ppp
Tomatoes for eating Fresh: 3-5 ppp
Tomatoes for preserving: 5-10 ppp
Watermelon: 2-4 ppp