Below is a list of reccommended plants, total row length, plant spacing, and estimated production. This list is a general guideline for growing
enough food for a family of 4 for one year. Granted, in suberbia, you probably dont have access to this much land, but you asked, so here it is.
Note: this is not my list, rather was put out by a local university. U2U me if you want the link, dont want the entire world to know where I am.
Also, when I typed this I spaced the numbers, when I hit Preview post, ATS automaticly removed the spacing, so it could be tough to read, I did insert
commas, hope that helps a little.
Rows are in feet, plant spacing in inches.
Plant, Row, Spacing, Yield
Beans, 100, 6-8, 50 lbs
Beets, 50, 2-4, 50 lbs
Broccoli, 50, 18-24, 30 lb
Brussels Sprouts, 50, 24, 30 lb
Cabbage, 60, 18-24, 90 lb
Carrots, 100, 2-4, 100 lb
Cauliflower, 50, 18, 75 lb
Celery, 25, 6-8, 45 lb
Sweet Corn, 100, 12-14, 100 ears
Swiss Chard, 25, 6, 25 lbs
Cucumber, 25, 12, 50 lb
Eggplant, 12, 18, 15 lb
Endive, 25, 10, 15 lb
Kale, 25, 10, 25 lb
Kohlrabi, 50, 4, 50 lb
Lettuce head, 25, 10-15, 25lb
Lettuce leaf, 25, 3-6, 20 lb
Mustard greens, 25, 6, 15 lb
Scallions, 10, 1-3, 10 lb
Onions, 25, 2-4, 25 lb
Parsley, 10, 4, 5 lb
Parsnips, 50, 3, 50 lb
Peas, 150, 2, 40 lb
Peppers, 25, 18, 25 lb
Potatoes, 150, 10-14, 200 lb*
Radishes, 25, 1, 18 lb
Rutabagas, 50, 4, 75 lb
Spinach, 25, 8-10, 20 lb
Summer Squash, 10, 30, 75 lb
Winter Squash, 25, 48, 60 lb
Tomatoes, 75, 24-36, 150 lb
Turnips, 50, 3, 75 lb
*Potatoes. I have had better success personally growing potatoes in tires as opposed to a patch in the ground, but whatever works.
Not included in the above list are any types of herbs. However, anyone who takes the time to learn about herbs can easily grow a continuing supply
indoors or set aside a small outside plot to grow a years supply.
I have never tried a garden this large, but am gearing up for something along these lines this year. I will be omiting a few of these items, and
adding others, mainly more corn, tobbacco, cotton, and coffee. Then again this is just a referance.
If you are unfamiliar with gardening, do not attempt something of this scale, all you will produce is anger and hatred for your inability to produce
anything. I know, I got in over my head before I took the time to learn and do things correctly.
Lastly, growing food is great, but it does have its drawbacks. Primarily time. Alot of time starting seeds, transplanting, watering, weeding, etc...
so be prepared to work your garden. Also, there is the problem of processing your harvest. The more you grow, the more you need to read up on
canning, drying, cold storage, etc...
Hope your garden goes well.