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Gardening 101

How to Grow a Garden for a Family

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Deciding how large a family vegetable garden will be means you need to take a few things in to consideration. How many members you have in your family, how much your family likes the vegetables you eat and how well you can store the excess vegetable crops you may have can all influence the size of a family vegetable garden.

But, you can estimate on what size garden will feed a family so that you can try to plant enough to enjoy all of your favourite vegetables all season long. Letís look at what size garden will feed a family.

The most important thing to consider when deciding how big your family garden should be is how many people in your family you need to feed. Adults and teens, will of course, eat more vegetables from the garden then children, infants and toddlers. But, if you know the number of people you need to feed in your family, you will have a starting point for how much of any vegetable you need to plant in your family garden.

The next thing to decide when creating a family vegetable garden is what vegetables you will grow. For more common vegetables likeís tomatoes or carrots, you may want to grow larger amounts, but if you are introducing your family to a less common vegetable, like kohlrabi or bok choy, you may want to grow less until your family becomes accustomed to it.

Also, when considering what size garden will feed a family, you also need to consider if you will be planning to serve only fresh vegetables of if you will be preserving some to last through fall and winter.

Vegetable Garden Size For a Family (Per Person)

VegetableAmount Per Person
Asparagus5-10 plants
Beans10-15 plants
Beets10-25 plants
Bok Choy1-3 plants
Broccoli3-5 plants
Brussels Sprouts2-5 plants
Cabbage3-5 plants
Carrots10-25 plants
Cauliflower2-5 plants
Celery2-8 plants
Corn10-20 plants
Cucumber1-2 plants
Eggplant1-3 plants
Kale2-7 plants
Kohlrabi3-5 plants
Leafy Greens2-7 plants
Leeks5-15 plants
Lettuce, head2-5 plants
Lettuce, leaf5-8 feet
Melon1-3 plants
Onion10-25 plants
Peas15-20 plants
Peppers, Bell3-5 plants
Peppers, chilli1-3 plants
Potato5-10 plants
Radishes10-25 plants
Squash, hard1-2 plants
Squash, summer1-3 plants
Tomatoes1-4 plants
Zucchini1-3 plants

Planting Dates/Times

VegetableIndoor SeedingOutdoor SeedingOutdoor Transplanting
Asparagus Early May 
Beans (bush) April-May 
Beans (yellow or green) Late May- Late June 
Beans (pole) May 
Beets Mid-May 
BroccoliMid-April May
Brussels SproutsMid-April Mid to Late May
CabbageMid-April May
Cabbage (Chinese) Early July 
Carrots Mid-May 
CauliflowerMid-April Late May
CeleriacMid-March Mid to Late May
CeleryMid-March Mid to Late May
ChardMid-AprilMid-May 
Chicory Early July 
ChivesMarchMid-MayMid-May
Corn Mid-May 
CucumberEarly MayLate MayEarly June
EggplantLate March Early June
Garlic  October or early May
Gourds After Last Frost 
Ground CherryLate March Early June
Horseradish Early May 
KohlrabiMid-May  
LeeksEarly March Early May
Lettuce (head)Mid-April Late May
Lettuce (leaf)Mid-AprilEarly MayLate May
MuskmelonMid to Late April Early June
Okra Late May 
OnionsEarly MarchEarly May
(tie in bunches)
Early May
ParsleyEarly MarchEarly MayEarly May
Parsnip Mid-May 
Peas Mid-May 
PeppersLate March Early June
Potatoes Mid-May 
PumpkinEarly MayMid-MayEarly June
Radishes May-June 
Raspberries Late Fall-Early Spring 
Rhubarb Early May 
Rutabaga Mid-May 
SalsifyMid-May  
Shallots (Autumn)  Late August
Shallots (Spring)  Early May
Spinach Mid-May 
Squash May-June 
Strawberries Late Fall-Early Spring 
TomatoesLate March Ė Mid-April Early June
Turnips Mid-May 
WatermelonMid to Late May Early June