What you should plant

  • Examples of vegetables to plantChoose varieties that do well in your growing climate. Most vegetable crops will grow in most climates, but if you have a short growing season don’t try to grow long-season crops like peanuts or sweet potatoes.
  • Only grow vegetables that your family will eat, in amounts you can use, preserve, give away, or sell quickly.
  • Single crop varieties like lettuce and cauliflower mature all at once, and so must be used quickly. Don’t grow too much!
  • Ever-bearing crops like pole beans, cucumbers, squash, and tomatoes mature a few at a time, will feed you for months, and have a high value for the amount of space used, especially if grown vertically.
  • Vertical Tomatoes

  • To provide for winter emergency preparedness grow vegetables for storage. (Good information on winter storage of vegetables can be found at http://www.vegetableexpert.co.uk/how-dry-store-vegetables-grown.html.) Consider fall potatoes & cabbage, onions, winter squash, and carrots. These crops require cool storage at 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Two crops of many single-crop varieties can often be grown if you grow and transplant healthy seedlings.
  • If cared for properly a 10’-long bed or container will produce the following amounts of vegetables in a growing season.

Expected Yield From One Ten Foot-long Soil-bed or Container.

Variety Plant Spacing # Rows # Crops # Plants Yield
Beans, bush 3” 2 2 82 X 2 50-70#
Beans, pole 2” 1 1 122 60-100#
Cabbage 12” 2 2 22 X 2 75-130#
Corn 8” 2 2 32 X 2 60-75 ears
Eggplant 8” 1 1 16 80-160#
Lettuce, head 12” 2 2 22 X 2 75-130#
Peppers, sweet 12” 2 1 22 60-90#
Potatoes 8” 2 1 32 50-100#
Squash, zucchini 21” 1 1 7 75-200#
Tomatoes 8” 1 1 16 150-300#

Important Note: In only 500 square feet (just over 1/100th of an acre!), your family can produce between 700# and 1,300# of fresh produce!

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