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Post  violentlyserene on 3/27/2015, 10:06 pm

I am looking for information on estimated yields stuff. I've seen estimations for the number of people but that's not helpful without knowing how much food per person the math is based on. I'm most interested in sugar snap and dwarf grey snow peas, tendergreen and marketmore cucumbers, bush baxter cherry tomatoes and super sweet 100 cherry tomatoes. I'd love numbers on sugar baby watermelons, big mama tomatoes and green peppers but those are most just for fun rather intended for meals. 

My twins will eat a couple pints of cherry tomatoes a week so i want to plant at least that much. I'm not sure whether either pea variety is harvested all at once or a few at a time but ideally I'd like a pint or so if they are all at once. Anyone have estimates on these or know where I can find some?

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Post  Kelejan on 3/28/2015, 12:21 am

For me, that is a hard one.  I am one of those haphazard gardeners, stick something in the ground and see how much I get.

But then the difference between us is that I do not have a family to feed and I certainly understand your question.

Hopefully others will read this and at least give you a little information perhaps on one or two crops with which they had success.

Two years ago I had eight feet of trellis on which I grew scarlet runner beans. I like runner beans and I had enough to keep me going for a full two years which was just as well as the next year the same planting only got me a handful of beans even though they  had the most flowers ever.  It seems they were not pollinated.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/28/2015, 8:01 am

It will also depend on your having the right nutrients in the right amounts for your plants.  Tomatoes are heavy feeders.  Beans, not as much.

Then you have the weather...

Wish I could help you more.

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Post  violentlyserene on 3/28/2015, 8:32 pm

This is definitely going to be a ballpark, just some vague idea of the amounts possible per plant. I did eventually find one estimate of 5lbs per plant for the super sweet 100 and roughly 3 quarts of sauce per plant for larger tomatoes so I've gone with 5 total plants for tomatoes this year.

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Post  Mikesgardn on 3/28/2015, 9:50 pm

I've kept records of my yields, and keep in mind that they vary greatly from year to year.  Also, my garden is in Maryland, zone 7a.
Snap peas average 0.75 ounces per plant.
Cherry tomatoes up to 5 pounds per plant.
Bell peppers 4 to 8 peppers per plant.
Carrots 0.5 to 0.9 pounds per square foot (16 seeds per square).
Strawberries 1.0 pounds per square foot or 0.25 pounds per plant.
Raspberries 0.25 pounds per square foot.
Zuchinni up to 7 pounds per plant.
Green beans (bush) 1 pound per square foot.

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Post  violentlyserene on 3/29/2015, 4:34 pm

Thanks, that's super helpful! I'm going to keep track this year so I've got an estimate for my conditions. The amounts I have in mind should work fine for this year according to your numbers. Last year I way underestimated the amounts and there wasn't much worth cooking.

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Post  sanderson on 3/30/2015, 3:53 am

Mike, nice record keeping.     Last summer, I tried to keep record by pounds and ounces, or leafy bunches.  However, I didn't keep it up like you have done in the past.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/30/2015, 2:01 pm

Yeah, me either...  Embarassed

And I had SUCH good intentions....

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