Garden Planning: Guidelines for Growing Fruit

Work toward homestead food self-sufficiency by developing a plan for growing fruit. Get an idea of how much space you'll need to plant to a given fruit crop in your garden using the chart below. 

October/November 2012

By Cindy Conner 

Once you know how many servings your family needs per year of fruits, use this chart to estimate how much space to dedicate to them in your garden. We’ve provided a range of yield estimates because yields will vary widely based on the climate, soil quality and other factors of your garden. For step-by-step instructions on how to apply the numbers in this chart, see “Plan How Much to Grow” in A Plan for Food Self-Sufficiency.

Biointensive Yield: Using biointensive gardening methods, most gardeners can come close to the low end of the ranges below, and more experienced gardeners can expect the high end yields. These ranges are from How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits, Nuts, Berries and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine by John Jeavons.

Average Yield: The average yields below are from Jeavons’ book and the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Servings Per Pound: The number of servings were calculated using data from So Easy to Preserve, Bowes & Church’s Food Values of Portions Commonly Used, and The Book of Yields: Accuracy in Food Costing and Purchasing.

More information about garden planning can be found in A Plan for Food Self-Sufficiency.

Homegrown Fruit

Crop 

Biointensive Yield
(lbs./100 sq. ft.)

Average Yield
(lbs./100 sq. ft.)

Half-Cup Servings
Per Pound

Apples 50-75 51 2.8
Blackberries 24-36 15 4.1
Cantaloupe 50-72 59 2.6
Cherries 17-34 15 3.4
Grapes 45-67 31 1.9
Peaches, clingstone 60-90 53 3.4
Peaches, freestone 39-59 40 3.4
Pears 36-72 67 3.4
Plums 19-38 27 3.4
Strawberries 40-80 102 6
Watermelon 50-100 59 2.7

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