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Key Measurement Conversions for Gardening

By Steven A. Frowine, The National Gardening Association

Part of Gardening Basics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Surprisingly, a great deal of measuring goes into garden planning. If you need to change between metric and English (U.S. standard) units, use this basic conversion chart to make sense of it all when planning your garden.

Type of Measurement Metric to English English to Metric
Distance 1 centimeter = 0.4 inch 1 inch = 2.5 centimeters
1 meter = 39 inches = 1.1 yards 1 yard = 0.9 meter
1 kilometer = 0.6 mile 1 mile = 1.6 kilometers
Volume 1 liter = 1.1 quarts 1 quart = 0.9 liter
Mass/weight 1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds 1 pound = 0.4 kilogram
1 gram = 0.04 ounce 1 ounce = 31 grams