Friday, July 22, 2016

Save Time, Save Money - Plant Eggplant!

... because they die immediately instead of hanging on for a while, causing you to waste your time trying to save them.

4 days after planting them, our egglplant (top 2 plants in the photo) are toast.
Yum! Toasted eggplant!
We typically struggle to raise eggplant. They're prone to insect attack and need regular bathing with Neem Oil to keep their leaves from being rasped into oblivion. We can usually get them to survive long enough to produce a bit, but these cut out the middleman and died almost immediately, being both rasped to bits and baked in the sun.

Note the two basil, doing just fine. It's not that we've got brown thumbs. All of our other plants are doing great. No, it's the eggplant. I swear we'd do better if we simply dumped them into a lit Weber grill right when we brought them home and didn't even bother planting them.


Kelly the little black dog said...

We can't get the squash to grow here. Egg plant do ok. Our egg plant seem to be happier in raised planters than directly on the ground. We're also growing the smaller Japanese varieties of egg plant, not the large variety I grew up with.

Ilíon said...

I bought an eggplant fruit. Didn't know what to do with it. Eventually threw it onto the compost pile.

Ilíon said...

One doesn't grow a garden to *save* money; for most people, the expense of the garden generally exceeds the worth of the food grown.

Jedi Master Ivyan said...

I planted Bush beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini. The zucchinis are crowding out everything else. The beans are a total loss and the others may produce a few veg each. We're going to have zucchini for breakfast lunch and dinner in about a week.

K T Cat said...

Ilion, Moussaka and Eggplant Parmesan are both delicious. For a simple side dish, slice an eggplant lengthwise, put some olive oil on an eggplant and grill it.

K T Cat said...

Ivyan - for us, it was tomatoes and oregano this year. The tomatoes taking over was expected, but the oregano was a surprise. It went wild and overran all of the other herbs.