How many plants needed

We made a table that shows how much vegetables you need to seed or plant to supply your family with vegetables.

In general, multiply the number of plants per person by 3 or 4 for a family-sized planting. We’ve done the work for you in adjusting the numbers of these plants in the chart so at harvest you aren’t overwhelmed with too many delicious veggies.

Don’t forget to add enough to put in your freezer or pickled, so you can enjoy them in the winter as well. This way you’ll save a lot of money too.

Crop (number of plants per ft. of row) Number of plants per person Number of plants for a family of 4
Asparagus (1 plant/ft. of row) 5-10 plants 25 plants
Bush beans (2 plants/ft. of row) 12-15 plants 45 plants
Beets (Thin to 3 plants/ft. of row) 15-30 plants 90 plants
Cucumber (1 plant/2 ft. of row) 1 vine, 2 bushes 2 vines, 4 bushes
Carrots (Thin to 12 plants/ft. of row) 48 plants 144 plants
Corn (1 plant/ft. of row) 10-15 plants 40 plants (plant in blocks for best pollination)
Eggplant (1 plant/2 ft. of row) 2-3 plants 7 plants
Kale (10/10 ft. of row) 2-7 plants 40 plants
Lettuce (Thin to 3 plants/ft. of row) 24 plants 78 plants
Melon (1 plant/6 ft. of row) 1-2 plants 4 plants
Onion (4 sets/ft. of row) 12-20 sets 80-100 sets
Peas (6 plants/ft. of row) 15-20 plants 70 plants
Pepper (1 plant/ft. of row) 3-5 plants 8-10 plants
Potato (1 plant/ft. of row) 10 plants 40 plants
Radish (thin to 12 plants/ft. of row) 10-15 plants 60 plants
Spinach (Thin to 6 plants/ft. of row) 30-60 plants 180 plants
Squash (1 plant/6 ft. of row) 1-2 plants 3 plants
Tomato (1 plant/2 ft. of row) 2-4 plants 4-6 plants
Zucchini (1 plant/3 ft. of row) 1-2 plants 4 plants
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