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There are many factors to consider when planning and calculating your family garden.

How many people are in your family? If you plan to share with friends and family you’ll want to make sure to add a couple to the number of your own family count.

Will you be using your harvest fresh or do you plan on preserving some of it? Do you want to eat out of your garden in colder months as well as warm? And just how much will your family of (#) consume in a year?

Also consider what you might preserve like tomatoes, beans, peas, etc., as well as what recipes you might be stirring. Think relishes, salsa, jellies, and spreads. If you intend to make things like tomato sauce, pizza sauce, ketchup, and other high reduction recipes, you’ll want to add more plants to what the calculator recommends.

Will you be planting anything for wildlife?

From Morning Chores:

Vegetable Garden Size Calculator: How Much to Plant for Your Family

By Jennifer Poindexter

So, you want to start a garden, but not sure how big the garden should be to be able to fully support your family. This is a common question for beginner gardeners or someone who are looking to expand their garden.

The truth is, there is no single correct answer when it comes to deciding vegetable garden size. Some sources say 100 square feet per person is the magic number, but that can’t be right because every family has different needs and preferences when it comes to food. Also, plants vary in size, so it depends on what vegetables you grow.

That is why we created this highly-customizable garden size calculator to help you find the right number. Just input how many members in your family and choose which plants you want to grow and the calculator will tell you how many plants you need to grow and how big your garden should be.

So without further ado, check out this garden calculator on Morning Chores.

I love Morning Chores as a go-to for great gardening advise and new ideas on homesteading, composting, animal care, and more.

It’s one of my regular reads.


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