Typically, we put our "per unit serving" at 2 1/2 lbs. Many times our
clients will get as much as 4 to 5 lbs per delivery, but we have
some folks who only want a few tomatoes or a handful of Okra.
A short comment on Biointensive Gardening. I believe in this manner
of gardening as long as you reach maximum productivity. But when it comes
to planting 50 different plants in a small space just to say it can be done goes
against being a "productive" garden. In one bed, we planted
squash(spring), followed this with Purple Hull Peas (July) and finally
planted Tokyo Cross Turnips. Thats what I call Biointensive
In a case of me overseeding 2 beds of broadcasted turnips, our
yield will be low if any. This is what happens when you
have overcrowded plantings. They compete for everything, water,
nutrients, above and below ground space, etc.
This year, we went vertical on one planting of our cucumbers. 5 rows
@ 40' yielded over 500 lbs. See at... http://www.casagarden.com/cukes_03.htm
Plus, the volunteers loved harvesting them grown like this. We will
go with this format in the future for all our cucumbers. We used
cattle fencing cable tied to 6' T-posts. Everything
is reusuable except the cable ties which are cheap.
Connie wrote: "As to how much a typical 4 X 8 bed produces,
I've seen everything from 4 pounds to 15 pounds.
Our typical GardenAngel gardens which are 4' by 8' normally yields at least
30 lbs and can go much higher if properly
maintained. Our test GardenAngel garden donated by Gardeners Supply yielded
25 lbs of tomatoes. It would have
yielded more but we had to throw some of the tomatoes away because a
Mockingbird built her nest in this "Tomato
Tree" and so we couldn't disturb that particular area until she finished
raising her family. Actually, she and her little ones ate part
of this harvest. See at... http://www.casagarden.com/gs_03.htm
This was one the most beautiful tomatoes I've seen. When
you buy one of these kits, you get everything except water and tomato
plants. They even supply organic fertilizer.
Oh yeah, I figured out our weed problem. Next year, we will cut out
literally hundreds of hours of weeding. News at eleven...
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, October 26, 2003 12:37
Subject: [cg] Mathematical Formula for
As a former foodbanker, we used meal equivalents when applying for grants
and such. The industry standard used by many foodbankers across the
country is that 1.25 to 1.50 pounds is a meal equivalent.
So a typical scenario might be that for a 3 person family that receives
25 pounds of food from their local food pantry would receive enough food for
approximately 2 days.
(25 # divided by 1.25 # per meal = 20 meals. 20 meals divided by 9
meals to feed 3 people for one day = 2.2 days)
As to how much a typical 4 X 8 bed produces, I've seen everything
from 4 pounds to 15 pounds.