Outdoor Eggplant 2011

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Planted out my gretel eggplant today, aged 7 weeks. It shares a growbox with aunt molly's ground cherry, and just seeded a zucchini. Which is maybe more than ought to go in one growbox, but... The zucchini will probably be cut down by end of July. And I've no idea how the ground cherry will do. It's not warm enough yet for an eggplant to set fruit, but it has some growing roots to do first, anyway.

  

Harvests:

early indoor/outdoor fairy tale: 59, first May 13 (13.5 weeks) - retired 7/21

gretel: 166, first July 3 (7 weeks from transplant)

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The week's cold snap did

The week's cold snap did nothing to slow down this eggplant - harvested 7, still loaded, still setting more.

21 week gretel eggplant - loaded with fruit yet again, and setting more

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Beth - Excellent, yeah. I

Beth - Excellent, yeah. I suppose breading and frying 24 eggplant tonight was self-inflicted, hardly the plant's fault. I hope they freeze well. I've bought frozen breaded eggplant before, and they're nice for sandwiches. I had a whole bunch from earlier in the summer, but they had to be tossed with everything else after a week without power post-hurricane-Irene. Bunch of frozen peppers, too...

This past week it hasn't gotten below 50 at night, though the days were much cooler than they've been - right about 70. Tonight's supposed to be 49 (I have my doubts), and there are some mid-40's in the forecast for mid-week. I think we've got a few weeks yet before frost. You?

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Most excellent! Did you have
Most excellent! Did you have cold nights this weekend? We got down to 44 F last night.... Beth

 

 

 

 

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Another week, another 28

Another week, another 28 eggplant. For a "hot weather, tender plant", this sure seems happy with September. No signs of slowing down.

 

 

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Happy, happy eggplant. 6 more

Happy, happy eggplant. 6 more went into the official last-week tally, 9 more for the week to come so far, and it's still loaded with little fruit plumpening away. Hard to believe I thought this plant was a goner a couple months ago. Seems outrageously resilient to fungal disease.

 
 

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Still going strong. Still not

Still going strong. Still not interfering with its setting more fruit, though temperatures took a sudden turn for the cooler (mid 40's at night - brrr). Eggplant fruit grow fast, and it'll warm up again to 50's at night, 70's during the day soon. Eggplant are supposed to be very cold sensitive, not setting fruit below 60 degrees. This one doesn't seem to be that way.

 

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Eggplant looks very healthy.

Eggplant looks very healthy. Seems to have no trouble setting fruit with night temperatures below 60, at least not at this end of its life.

 

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My gretel eggplant is not

My gretel eggplant is not dying. It has a new lease on life, setting new fruit like mad. Have harvested 70 gretel eggplant so far... Man, I'm tired of eggplant. But, it's the only crop doing well... Or rather, I was more tired of the fungusy green beans, and removed them even though they were still bearing.

 

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Well, if the eggplant is

Well, if the eggplant is dying, it's going to take a long time doing it. Harvested another dozen full-size eggs this week, pruned off the yellowest leaves, and its growing a nice next-batch.

 

Planted some spinach seeds in the other end of the growbox, but none up yet. Somehow, growboxes are the only place spinach grows well for me... And not always there.

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Harvested 50 gretel eggplant

Harvested 50 gretel eggplant so far, and a bunch more on the vine ought to be harvested. Plant clearly does much better in the growbox than the smaller self-watering pots. Bigger, tastier fruit. And too many of them... Once this bunch is picked, not sure the plant's healthy enough to produce any more.

 

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