4 Tips for Deciding How Much Food to Grow

Growing your own food is an admirable goal – but just how much should you plant? Here are some tips to help you decide how much food to grow, so you’ll have enough, but won’t get overwhelmed.

Of course, if you have a very small amount of garden space, you may be limited in just how much you can grow in your garden. But if you have plenty of space, sometimes it can be hard to determine just how much you should plant – especially if you’re new to gardening.

Whether you’re growing your first garden this year, or just trying to figure out the ideal amount to grow to feed your family, these 4 tips can help.

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1. Plant What You Like

This may sound obvious, but…your family will appreciate the garden more if you grow things they enjoy eating.

2. Do A Little Math

Start by logging what veggies and herbs you buy and eat every week. This will give you an estimate how much of them you would actually eat fresh out of your garden if they were available….

3. Start Small

Nothing is a bigger kill-joy than a garden you don’t have the time or energy to take care of…. You will harvest and eat far more from a small, well-tended garden you look forward to visiting than from a larger one you dread going near.

4. Consider Easy-To-Grow Varieties

Deb Martin, author of Rodale’s Basic Organic Garden recommends snap peas, leaf lettuces, cherry tomatoes, pole beans, fingerling potatoes, and summer squashes….

Read the full article at Rodale’s Organic Life


Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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