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by BlueEggFarmer on January 14, 2006 07:07 AM
I am hoping to make a community garden for 10 families but I need help with the numbers.
Is there a guide line to go by that specifies how many of each type of plant, to plant per family.
by Wizzard on January 14, 2006 08:08 AM
welcome to the forum. i do not know the answer to your question, sorry. but i would like to ask you a question. will this be the only source of food for them? or is it a trial run? just curious

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by loz on January 14, 2006 08:11 AM
I'm just curious about the size of the land you have to work with? What kind of plants were you wondering about? Tomatoes, peppers, etc??? [dunno]
by BlueEggFarmer on January 14, 2006 10:39 PM
Wizzard and loz,
For the past 15 years I have been raising organic poultry and eggs for a very committed group of customers, in the last 2 years they have urged me to go CSA. Last year was the trial year at raising a monster garden (1 acre) and seeing if my freerangers wouldn't devour it. It worked out well. The veggies and flowers were given away to my customers, they loved them, but I did not keep track of how may I was feeding.
Now I can break into the rest of the 50 acres to build a garden as big as I like, but a guide line to go by would be wonderful. I've already order over 80 different varieties of nearly every type of veggie you can think of and another 30 varities in the mail, It will be amazing but I want to make sure that as a CSA my shareholders will get enough, that means I need to know how many of each plant to cultivate.
by tkhooper on January 16, 2006 09:31 AM
here is the list I have. The number is the number of plants per person. This is for use fresh. If you are going to freeze or can you will need more.

Asparagus 10 to 15
Bean, Lima Bush 15 to 30
Bean, Lima Pole 12 to 15
Bean, Snap Bush 15 to 30
Bean, Snap Pole 12 to 15
Beet 30 to 40
Broccoli 5 to 10
brussels sprouts 5 to 10
Cabbage, Chinese 5 to 10
cabbage, Early 5 to 10
Cabbage Late 5 to 10
Carrot 60 to 80
cauliflower 4 to 8
celery 5 to 10
collard 5 to 10
corn 10 to 20
cucumber 4 to 8
eggplant 5 to 7
endive 8 to 12
garden cress 10 to 20
garlic 10 to 20
kale 6 to 10
kohlrabi 15 to 20
leek 20 to 30
lettuce head 9 to 12
lettuce leaf 8 to 10
melon 2 to 4
mustard green 8 to 12
okra 5 to 10
onion bulb 20 to 30
onion scallion 40 to 50
parsley 2 to 3
parsnip 20 to 30
pea 70
peanut 10 to 12
pepper 4 to 6
potato 10 to 20
pumpkin 1
radish 30 to 60
rhubarb 1
rutabaga 10 to 20
salsify 20 to 40
spinach, regular 15 to 20
spinach, new zealand 10
squash, summer 2 to 3
squash, winter 2 to 3
Strawberry 10 to 15
sweet potato 10 to 15
swiss chard 10 to 12
tomato caged 3 to 4
turnip 20 to 30
watemelon 1

Hope this list helps some. Of course it is just a general guide line. I know I would twic some of the numbers for my tastes. I would have beans, bush comming out of my ears because I love them so much.

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by peppereater on January 18, 2006 02:10 AM
BlueEggFarmer...welcome to the forum. I am an organic gardener, and raise chickens, as well. I have not yet gone organic with the chickens, as I need to find a source for organic feed, but we love the eggs we get. I would like to do what you're doing...I'm still getting my soil built, planting an orchard, etc. I'd love any information you'd share about organic chickens.
As for how much to plant, I can't advise on that, but I have such a harsh climate here, I have a constant battle to get results. I'd plant more than you think you need, to ensure you get plenty.

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