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Growing Eggplants or Aubergine

Eggplant is my husband’s favorite vegetable.  I never really cared about eggplant until I met my husband. He loved it so much that I learned so many different ways to cook it. Curries, fries, batter coated fries, grilled  do anything with them and he loves it. Now, I grow them on my terrace.

Tips for growing eggplants

Aubergines are so easy to grow. I never bother growing them the traditional way. At the end of the season I let one single fruit to go to seed on the plant itself. When it is ripe , yellow and shrinking I take it off the plant cut  a slice of it and leave it in a pot. From this thin slice grows a huge number of plants. I select about 10 strong plants from the crowd when they are about 15 cms tall and re-pot them, the rest are given away to my neighbors and friends.

There are a few things to be kept in mind while growing eggplants. These plants can be easily infested with mealy bugs and aphids. It is important to use a ‘natural’ bugs spray once a week regularly.

Eggplants are heavy feeders, so plant them in soil which is rich in organic matter. Feed them every two weeks with  worm compost.

Aubergines love direct sunlight for at least 6 hours daily and need to be watered heavily.

These plants do well with pruning, so don’t hesitate to prune them  once the season is over . Some plant can produce vegetables for 6-9 months if cared for properly.

Happy growing

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    • I didn’t care for it either but there are a few dishes I love to make.
      Honestly it isn’t easy to grow some veggies, but you know what you eat and from where it comes.

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