This afternoon, I planted three Ichiban eggplants which will hopefully grow and provide us with lots of great dishes this summer. Last summer I had three Ichiban eggplants and we were literally swimming in eggplants. I'm pretty sure I composted and give away more than we ate. Clearly, we had too many eggplants.
So why did I choose again to plant three eggplants? Simple. I always plan for failure.
You can bet that, should I ever actually cut down my initial grow to just two or even one eggplant, something will happen to them and I will end up with less than I need, or worse -- none. That's virtually guaranteed, with Murphy's Law being what it is.
And so I choose gross excess over deprivation, which would be bad, if it were anything other than vegetables. Hard to argue that too many veggies are bad.