Typical garden size & yield per square foot - Knowledgebase Question

Lexington, KY
Question by sbastin
August 2, 1999
At one time, NGA did a nationwide survey that indicated the typical garden size and a rough yield per square foot. Is this information still available?

Answer from NGA
August 2, 1999


Here it is, as computed by our Director of Research, Bruce Butterfield. The median size of a U.S. veggie plot is 200 square feet. Bruce estimates the yield at 0.9 lbs/sq. ft., so the typical home plot would produce 180 lbs. of vegetables in a growing season. That's a lot of food!

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