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Eggplant

Posted 3/26/2017 9:55am by Dennis Skoworodko.

 

 

Our eggplant seedlings had 100% germination this year which makes me very happy! Eggplants are the heat loving cousins to peppers, tomatoes, tomatillos and potatoes. They dislike cold even more than peppers and tomatoes, so the kind of summer weather we get makes a different to how well eggplants grow. Last summer we had high temperatures, especially June and July, and the eggplants did very nicely. We are hoping for good weather again this summer. We start the seedlings very early (2nd week of March) and plant them out quite late (early June). So we will be babying these plants for a long time. Once planted out we really do hope for lovely weather! The biggest pest we have found in our eggplant patch is the Colorado potato beetle. Eggplant seems to be their second choice of food- they still prefer potatoes. So we regularly inspect the plants and remove any intruders.

The variety we are growing has a beautiful dark purple color on the exterior but has a lovely mild flavor.  

 

Regards, Our Farm Team

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