Growing Tips

Planting quantity verse harvest quantity

Ever wonder how much produce your plot will produce when you plant seeds or seedlings? Diane Brooks from Delridge Giving Gardens sent us the results from their garden last year.

Here’s some numbers from Delridge P-Patch Giving Garden that might help new gardens understand what they can expect from their plantings.

The list is the plant, start or seed quantity  = pounds harvested. For example, for 16 tomato plants, they harvested 58 pounds of fruit

Plant # of plants or seeds quantity Pounds harvested
tomato 16 plants = 58 pounds
hot pepper 16 plants = 6 1/2 pounds
beets 60 plants = 8 pounds
zukes 3 plants 95 pounds
Patty Pan squash 1 plant 8 pounds
Kabocha squash 1 plant 2 1/2 pounds (1 squash only)
cilantro 150 plants 30 pounds (harvested w/roots)
bunching onion 1 seed pack 11 pounds
Komatsuna Japanese Spinach Mustard 174 plants 41 pounds (club root infestation)
Scarlet Runner beans 1 seed pack 60 pounds
basil 27 plants 10 1/2 pounds (seems high!??) – they grew fast after each cutting
Giant Snow peas 1 pound seeds 42 pounds (partial crop failure after germination)

Thanks Diane for this information. It should help us plan what we plant this year in our own giving gardens!


  • Dianne

    Sounds like it was a productive year! Thank you for sharing the produce information: it is very helpful.

    I grow starts in a passive greenhouse in South Park: because the food bank clients wanted the warm weather starts by mid-May I went ahead and let them go, with instructions to use cloches &/or to bring them in at night. As always I planted some in the food bank’s raised beds, too. I did find that we had a bit of a cold snap and lost about 50% of them and had to re-plant. And the peas got some sort of weevil in them, and I had to replant those, also. I’ve made it a practice for many years to hold some seeds & starts back because “stuff happens.” Glad I did. And this year I planted the warm weather starts later & will keep them until June 1.

  • Jude Berman

    Nice! We’ve been keeping better records at the Interbay Giving Garden in recent years and I’m going to try to come up with a report like this for 2014.

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