Estimating Yields of Vegetable Crops and How Much to Plant
Posted Jun 05 2011 1:00pm
Predicting a crop yield before harvest can aid in planning
the use of your garden space. Predicting how much each person in your household
consumes will also help you determine how much to plant. Knowing how much space
each plant requires and when it will reach harvest will help you determine how
much space to set aside for each crop and when.
Crop yield estimates and consumption predictions are
largely base on experience. Your vegetable needs may change from year-to-year.
Keeping a food log will help you determine how much to
grow for your household. Record how often you eat lettuce, for example, and you
will soon determine how much to grow. Do you eat tomatoes fresh or do you
process and freeze them for winter use--or both? A food log is a simple way to
learn about your eating habits and preferences.
To estimate crop yields in your garden, follow these
a 10-foot section of row to measure your harvest. If you plant wide rows
or intensive beds, measure plantings and harvest by the square foot.
the number of plants growing in the measured section. Be sure to note the
cultivar or variety of plant you are growing. Differing cultivars can vary
the crop from the measured section.
the sample harvest for total yield; you can also count the yield bean-by-bean
the results so that you can plan and compare the results to future
Yields will vary according to garden conditions and
variety planted. Weather and growing conditions can change from year to year;
these changes can affect yield.