What you should plant
- Choose 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.
- 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#|
|Cabbage||12”||2||2||22 X 2||75-130#|
|Corn||8”||2||2||32 X 2||60-75 ears|
|Lettuce, head||12”||2||2||22 X 2||75-130#|
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!