One of the primary reasons I garden is to fill my pantry with canned fruits and vegetables that are free of bpa and pesticides. Of all the different things I preserve, tomatoes are far and away the most-used garden ingredient in my household; it seems I’m constantly pulling a jar of some sort of tomato product or another out of the pantry.
In the past, I’ve planted as many as 40 tomato plants in a season and always had plenty for me as well as lots to share, but this year, I’m gardening in a new locale and in a much smaller space. Here on this small lot where full sun is scarce, there’s not room to wantonly plant excess. I need to know – roughly – how many tomato plants will yield enough fruit to fill my cupboards.