Issue 87
How Many Veggies?

Ever wonder how many vegetable plants to buy when you’re planning your garden? The chart below shows the number of individual plants you’ll need to plant for fresh eating. Some veggies have tiny seed, so for those we’ve listed the number of feet of row to plant and how to thin the seedlings. If you want to can or freeze some, or you just really like a vegetable, you’ll want to plant more than is suggested. The chart also includes about how many plants can be grown per foot of row so you can figure out how much space you’ll need.

In general, multiply the number of plants per person by 3 or 4 for a family-sized planting, except for vine crops like cucumbers or squash. We’ve done the work for you in adjusting the numbers of all these plants so at harvest you aren’t buried in delicious veggies.

Crop Per Person Family of 4
(1 plant/ft. of row)
5-10 plants 25 plants
Bush beans
(2 plants/ft. of row)
12-15 plants 45 plants
(Thin to 3 plants/ft. of row)
5-10 ft. 30 ft.
(1 plant/2 ft. of row)
1 vine
2 bushes
2 vines
4 bushes
(Thin to 12 plants/ft. of row)
4 ft. 12 ft.
(1 plant/ft. of row)
10-15 plants 40 plants (plant in blocks for best pollination)
(1 plant/2 ft. of row)
2-3 plants 7 plants
Leaf lettuce
(Thin to 3 plants/ft. of row)
8 ft. 26 ft.
(1 plant/6 ft. of row)
1-2 plants 4 plants
(4 sets/ft. of row)
12-20 sets 80-100 sets
(6 plants/ft. of row)
15-20 plants 70 plants
(1 plant/ft. of row)
3-5 plants 8-10 plants
(1 plant/ft. of row)
10 plants 40 plants
(Thin to 6 plants/ft. of row)
5-10 ft. 30 ft.
(1 plant/6 ft. of row)
1-2 plants 3 plants
(1 plant/2 ft. of row)
2-4 plants 4-6 plants
(1 plant/3 ft. of row)
1-2 plants 4 plants