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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

December 6, 2011

Since today is my birthday, I thought I’d share some of that happy garden obsession with you, dear Readers. I actually looked this information up earlier this year when I was planning next year’s garden. I was interested in finding some kind of guide for how much of each crop you would need to feed a person for a year. I can’t find any information about what website I found this on, so take it with a grain of salt, but I really like that they broke it out into both fresh eating and storage/preservation. Since I’m using this as a guide for this next year, I’ll have to report back next fall. I already know that I want to add more tomatoes and cucumbers!And not because of the holidays. No, it’s seed catalog time! Both Johnny’s and SSE managed to find me at the new address and arrived within a day of each other. I love reading seed catalogs even though I usually buy roughly the same varieties every year. And getting seed catalogs lets me combine two of my favorite things: gardening and obsessive planning. Left to my own devices, I will happily research, excel spread sheet, note take, and schedule, and nothing lends itself to that like gardening.

 

Fresh Eating

Storage

 
Crop

Planting Distance (feet)

# Plants

Planting Distance (feet)

# Plants

Spacing (in)

Asparagus

23

15

23

15

18

Basil

7

10

27

40

8

Beans, bush

7

16

140

20

4

Beans, pole

6

10

4

Beets

10

20

2

Broccoli

12

10

23

20

14

Cabbage

5

4

12

10

14

Carrots

10

25

2

Chard, Swiss

2.5

5

6

12

6

Corn

15

8

50

25

24

Cucumbers

8

8

2

20

1

Eggplant

4.5

3

5

3

18

Garlic

17

52

4

Kale

10

20

20

12

Leeks

10

5

50

25

24

Lettuce

10

0

Lima beans

6

10

6

Melons

5

10

0

24

Onions

5

15

50

150

4

Parsley

3

6

3

6

6

Parsnips

10

30

10

30

4

Pepeprs

7.5

5

8

5

18

Potatoes

69

83

10

Rutebega

10

20

6

Spinach

10

60

15

90

2

Sweet Potatoes

25

25

12

Tomatoes

10

5

40

20

24

Turnips

10

10

Winter Squash

18

6

36

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Gibson permalink
    December 6, 2011 6:24 am

    Our best “growing” experiment this year (Rita made me do this) was potatos grown in boxes and buckets with compost. Not a great yield, but fun and some of the best spuds I have ever eaten (perhaps the “power of suggestion” though).

    Enjoy your birthday, take mr. b. out for a pizza, a beer, and a flannel shirt! 🙂

  2. December 6, 2011 7:13 am

    Hmmm…I thought on your birthday other people were supposed to take you out! I bet the spuds were delicious – I heard that MI soils were better for potatoes than Idaho.

  3. Alex permalink
    December 6, 2011 4:47 pm

    what is the planting distance. 23 feet for aspargus??

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