Friends Drift Inn Farm – Gardening
Planting A Garden on Paper
For me, the hardest challenge of the “pre-garden” season is making a workable garden plan that will produce “enough.”
I understand why new gardeners get overwhelmed. Some garden guides give suggestions for how much to plant to eat fresh during the summer. Others offer advice on planning for canning, freezing or other means of food preservation providing food throughout the year. And of course, there is the seed savers guide that instructs formulas for growing enough crop to produce seeds for the next year.
It’s “enough” to make me eat my hat. CHOMP
Knowing how much to Plant
I anticipate about 100 tomato plants, and about fifty pepper plants. Eggplants are more of a novelty, so about a dozen plants works for me. I know from experience that is right for us. But what is right for me may be upside down and backwards for you.
Here’s a rough idea of how much to expect per plant
Determinate Varieties like Romas and Rutgers are heavy yielders expect 10-20 per plant
Indeterminates especially heirlooms like Cherokee Purple and Brandywine 3- 5 per plant
Cherry Tomatoes go crazy; I would hazard a guess of about 100 per plant
My experience with California Wonders, Cayennes, Hungarian Wax, and Banana Peppers is about 10 per plant if the season is not cut short by early frost. Remember, hot peppers take longer to reach the “red” stage, so they may not produce as heavily as sweet peppers harvested while still green.
Eggplants If I get 2 per plant I feel vindicated! Giggles
Summer Squash, Zucchini, and Cucumbers
On a bad year, expect summer squash and zucchini to produce 10 per plant. In good years more like 3 dozen per plant. Stagger plantings or you will be overrun!
Cucumbers the bane of my garden, they never do well. One plant will produce 10 to 15 fruits; if the weather cooperates you should do better more like 24 per plant.
Winter Squash and Pumpkins
Expect six per plant. Obviously, 6 acorn squash is not very many….but 6 Musquee de Provence Pumpkins….well that’s a lot of pumpkin! Giggles
Melons are tough to predict.
Anywhere from 1 to 4 is normal. I’ve had good luck with cantaloupes….but lately watermelons have been a huge disappointment. Go figure.
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