Starting a vegetable garden can be tricky if it comes to numbers. For a salad it is not difficult to imagine how much you can or want to eat, because you are familiar with the unity. But how many zucchini plants do you need for 50 zucchinis in the kitchen? How many peas stakes should you plant for a meal once a week for a family of four? Many things you learn by experience. But if you are like me and want to sort things out before having gained the experience, this direction might give some grip.
This list is not about being self-sufficient, but my idea of a good basis of fresh supply of our favorite veggies and fruits that we can grow here in southern Finland. Compare for yourself with your localization and preferences in mind.
The list is heavily indebted to gardenknowhow, but adapted to a more European diet, because what Frenchman eats for 15 plants of corn a person a year?! On the other hand I think the original is somewhat light on tomatoes, salads, beets, carro
ts and radishes. A good way to inventory your needs is to keep track of what you actually eat right now. You can always grow more if you have the place. In the end, if you have grown too much you always can try to exchange for vegetables you have not grown enough. But also consider that growing more, needs more time to attend to them.
Vegetable Amount Per Person
Turnips 15-20 plants (if you eat them only young like us, more for storage)
Zucchini 1 plant
Raspberry 1-2 plants
Blackberry 2 plants
Strawberry 10-15 plants
Read more at Gardening Know How: Vegetable Garden Size For Family