In Just Grow It Yourself I related my experience of living for a month only on vegetables produced from my garden. Based on my meticulous records of every ounce I consumed over those 30 days, and exactly how much area it took to grow it, I calculated that with a garden of 35’ x 40’ I could grow enough to keep me alive and healthy for a year.
But as you can see from reading that chapter, predictions don’t always pan out. For instance, I thought that every day I would eat one portion each of corn, winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, tomatoes, and green beans, and two portions of butterbeans—nine portions in all. I did consume nine portions per day, but much more of corn and beans than other items, just because that’s what my appetite preferred.
Nevertheless, I did plan out my 2021 garden based on that experiment, and it is now growing out. Of course, I added some new vegetables, and some different varieties of those I grew the last time, simply because I thought it would get boring to eat only eight vegetables for a year. Read the complete post here.