HOW MUCH TO PLANT PER PERSON FOR A YEAR’S WORTH OF FOOD

There’s no doubting the many virtues of home-growing your own food. Not only do you get to eat fresh and healthy, but you actually end up making something of an economical choice in the long scheme of things. Just like one would have a vague idea as to how much produce one needs to fulfill the daily dietary requirements of everyone in the household when they head outside to buy from the supermarket, one can derive an idea as to how much they need to produce per person for a year’s worth of food. 

  • Tomatoes – you should be growing 4 plants per person. This calculation is based on the consumption of ketchup, pizza sauce, raw tomatoes, etc. 
  • Onions – you should be growing 30 plants per person. This will yield about 20 pounds of onions. Onions are used in almost every dish. Red burgundy onion has a long shelf life. 
  • Peppers – you should be growing 5 plants per person. This will yield about 12 pounds of peppers. It is advisable to grow peppers that are moderate in size. 
  • Cucumbers – you should be growing about 3 to 5 plants per person. 3 plants if you are growing a slicing cucumber and 5 plants for growing pickling cucumber.