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 noted 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.
Not sure where to start? Check out this great vegetable garden plan for inspiration!
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 these plants so at harvest you aren’t overwhelmed with too many delicious veggies.
|Crop||Per person||For a family of 4|
|Asparagus (1 plant/ft. of row)||5-10 plants||25 plants|
|Bush beans (2 plants/ft. of row)||12-15 plants||45 plants|
|Beets (Thin to 3 plants/ft. of row)||15-30 plants||90 plants|
|Cucumber (1 plant/2 ft. of row)||1 vine, 2 bushes||2 vines, 4 bushes|
|Carrots (Thin to 12 plants/ft. of row)||48 plants||144 plants|
|Corn (1 plant/ft. of row)||10-15 plants||40 plants (plant in blocks for best pollination)|
|Eggplant (1 plant/2 ft. of row)||2-3 plants||7 plants|
|Leaf lettuce (Thin to 3 plants/ft. of row)||24 plants||78 plants|
|Melon (1 plant/6 ft. of row)||1-2 plants||4 plants|
|Onion (4 sets/ft. of row)||12-20 sets||80-100 sets|
|Peas (6 plants/ft. of row)||15-20 plants||70 plants|
|Pepper (1 plant/ft. of row)||3-5 plants||8-10 plants|
|Potato (1 plant/ft. of row)||10 plants||40 plants|
|Spinach (Thin to 6 plants/ft. of row)||30-60 plants||180 plants|
|Squash (1 plant/6 ft. of row)||1-2 plants||3 plants|
|Tomato (1 plant/2 ft. of row)||2-4 plants||4-6 plants|
|Zucchini (1 plant/3 ft. of row)||1-2 plants||4 plants|