This year we have 600 sqft of growing space at our local community garden. When I was first starting to garden, I wondered what are typical yields of a home gardener? Not yields for an experience commercial farmer with tons of pesticides, but the common man's yields.
Sadly gardening season is over now but here are the highlights:
- Zucchini and peppers did terribly! They died early or were slow to grow and produce. Not a great year for them.
- Tomatillos did amazing! Having never grown these before, I didn't know what to expect. They grew well without support, and were a solid producer over the season.
- Long Island Cheese Heirloom Pumpkins are amazing. Smaller and creamy colored pumpkins, these did great despite some squash bugs and powdery mildew.
- Mustard greens, carrots, peas, bush beans, tomatoes were all solid producers I could count on, without too much weeding effort or pests.
- Boston Marrow squashes were ok. Some rotted before ripening, but I got one good one.
- Acorn and butternuts did well considering hard squashes aren't my strong point. But they grew the best I have ever grown them, which isn't saying much.
- Onions. This was my first year growing onions (from seed no less) and they did fairly well. I am proud of my meager harvest, and will plant way more next year.
|Plant||# of Plants||Yield (lbs)|
|Mustard Greens||10||3.25 lbs|
|Green beans||5’x4’||15 lbs|
|Green peppers||6||¾ lb|
|Carrots||5’x4’ (x2)||20 lbs|
|Long Island Cheese||3||18 lbs|
|Yellow squash||2||1 lb|
|Boston Marrow||3||2.25 lbs|
So what did I do with all this produce? First off, we ate some of it fresh and delicious from the garden. I froze the green peppers, jalapenos, grated zucchini/yellow squash, and some green beans. The hard squashes and onions are sitting out. The tomatoes, green beans, carrots, and tomatillos were all canned.
|Tomato Sauce/Salsa||32 pints|
|Diced Tomatoes||32 pints|
|Tomatillo Puree||25 pints|
|Green Beans||13 pints|
|Peas||5 half pints|
What it means for us:
- Tomatoes/Tomatillos: What I canned should last Tim and I the whole year, based on last year's consumption.
- Green beans/Peas: I was hoping for 26 pints of green beans and actually canned about half that. I was aiming for 26 half pints of peas, and got 5...so not even close. There is always next year.
- Carrots: I dreamed about 52 pints, not knowing where I was to store them. But I canned 18 pints. Not even close, but my dream was unrealistic. (As I don't have a root cellar in my urban apartment, I can't store root crops without canning or taking up fridge space.)
Made it to the bottom of this article? Thanks for sticking with me. I record these yields to help me plan for next year and understand my family's food needs. I hope they give you an example for what might work for your family.
Here is what my garden looked like: My Community Garden Layout for Summer Success
How did your garden turn out this summer? Let us know in the comments below.