How To Avoid Overplanting: Common Vegetable Yields Per Plant

Leeks, lettuce, and peas growing close together in a garden

It’s time to plan this year’s garden, but knowing how many of each vegetable to plant can be tricky. Unfortunately, overplanting is a common and costly mistake that even experienced gardeners make. When you can’t sell, give away, or donate unwanted produce, it often ends up in the trash or on the compost pile. Calculating Vegetable Needs Determining how much produce your family requires is the first step when figuring out how many vegetables to plant. There are general guidelines which recommend the number of plants to grow per person, but it’s important to realize that no two families are alike. Consider these factors when calculating your needs: Vegetable Garden Yield Per Square Foot Once you’ve estimated your family’s gardening goals, you can use a vegetable yield chart to determine how many plants you’ll need. When garden size is limited, also consider the amount of space it takes to achieve […]

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