Choosing the Right Size Vegetable Garden
By: Julie Day
I’m planting my first vegetable garden this summer, and I’m wondering what size it should be?
One of the hardest decisions about vegetable gardening is deciding what size garden to plant. If it’s too small, you may be disappointed in the yield; but if it’s too big, you’ll be overwhelmed with work, and your neighbors will dread seeing you coming with more bags of squash! Here are some tips for planning the garden that’s right for you.
The Right Garden for the Right Purpose
Deciding how big a vegetable garden to plant really depends on how many people you’re feeding and whether you’re planning for summer meals or year-round food storage. Crop yields vary widely, as do opinions about how much produce is needed to feed the average family.
Here are some general vegetable garden guidelines based on a layout of traditional garden rows and following the spacing recommendations for each plant:
- Small Spaces: If your space is limited, you can significantly increase your yield per square foot by using alternative layout techniques such as square foot gardening.