Homesteading is a lot of work. But it is also incredibly rewarding work. One of the most frequently asked questions from those who are looking to take the leap into sustainable, self-reliant living on a piece of property that they themselves tend to, is “how much food will I need to grow?” While the exact types of crops you can grow on your property vary with regard to the environment and soil that you are working with, there are a few staple crops that do well almost everywhere. When it comes to these crops, it is important to know how much of each to grow in order to feed “x” amount of people. No worries, we’ve got you covered. Below are the proper crop yields, per person, for staple
Carrots are a great source vitamin A, biotin, vitamin K, vitamin B6, and potassium. The proper plant-yield ratio for carrots is about 30 plants per person. Planting 7 to 10 carrot plants per 10-foot row is ideal. You should space the plants about 11 and ½-inches apart and make your rows 12-inches apart.
Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K and vitamin B6. To achieve a working crop-yield ratio, you should plan to grow 2 plants per person. When planting cauliflower, it is ideal to space your plants 6 inches apart in rows that are approximately 3-feet apart.
Artichokes are low in saturated fat, as well as in cholesterol. They are great sources of Niacin, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium and dietary fiber. When growing artichokes, plan to plant 2 plants per person. This should yield about 12 buds per plant after the first year. When planting artichoke, make sure to space them approximately 5-feet apart.
An excellent source of vitamin B1, vitamin E, vitamin A, and vitamin B6, broccoli is a great addition to any homestead garden. You should plan to plant 4 plants per person, which will yield 4-6 pounds. To achieve this, plant your broccoli in 10-foot rows, spacing your plants 3-inches apart to ensure enough space for the roots.
Soy beans are an excellent choice for folks who are interested in a crop that is a good source of protein, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B2, and vitamin K. They are also a good source of potassium. Plan on planting 8 plants per person, this will yield 4-6 pounds per 10-foot row. When planting soy beans, space your plants 2-inches apart in rows that are 3-feet apart.