The best answer is often the simplest one. How ever much you want. The aim of the vegetable garden is to produce food. Once that goal is attained what is left over is up to you and you have 3 choices – consume it, preserve it or give it away.
But as a general rule of thumb, one 4’ x 8’ raised bed supplements 2 adults nicely. If you have a highly vegetarian diet or enjoy more food than the average Joe, go for one garden per person.
If you find you have a shortage of fresh veggies to harvest, you can always plant more, but what happens if you have too many tomatoes for example. We may be creatures of habit, but we often enjoy variety in our diet. If you have already preserved as many tomatoes as you can (frozen tomato sauce is my favourite) then give some away. Who would not want to be the recipient of free home grown tomatoes?!?!
For me, vegetable gardening is very much like tattoos. Once you start it’s hard to stop. But sometimes getting started is the hardest part. If you recently started a garden please share your inspiration. If you’re thinking about it but haven’t gotten around to it yet, why not??
Eat drink and be merry.
The At Home Organic