HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU PLANT TO FEED
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First step, Start Off with good Heirloom Seeds
Do you know how much your family eats in a year’s time? I am keenly aware of how much meat, poultry, eggs, honey and dairy we consume. Acquiring enough food to meet your own needs, is an integral part of your life. Most of us always depended on going grocery shopping. I have never grown enough to meet all of my family’s needs.
Not long ago, people had to think about how much to grow for the year. They had to plan ahead, save seeds, plant enough for their family, preserve enough, etc. It wasn’t just a hobby.
So how much do you need to plant to feed your family? How many seeds/plants do you need to plant if you want to feed your family fresh produce during the growing season, and then can enough to last the rest of the year.
The chart below gives you a good idea of how much of each plant/seed you will need per person, based on picking and eating them fresh. If you plan on Canning or freezing your Veggies to get through the Winter months, you will need to plant more. I would suggest you multiply the amount list by 4 if you plan to also can.
Seeds or plants per 100-ft. row is the recommended amount or number to use for proper spacing and growth. Estimated yield per 100-ft. row is based on optimum growth, so it could be different from Family to Family.
IF YOU WANT OPTIMUM YIELDS, YOU WILL WANT TO:
1) Start Off with good Heirloom Seeds
2) Use a good Compost/Soil mixture
3) Maintain Fertility
4) Provide enough water
4) Use Mulch
5) Control Pests (weeds, insects, and diseases)
Some of these you might want to replace with something else I personally did not much care for turnips so if I could substitute that with something I like that would be better for me and my family. And there’s a lot out there to choose from.