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How to Grow & When to Plant Eggplant in Your Backyard Vegetable Garden!

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Eggplant is certainly one of the best looking vegetables we’ve grown. It really likes the heat and doesn’t tolerate cold well, so it’s better to transplant after all threat of frost has passed than starting from seed.

How to Grow:

Plant eggplant seeds indoors 7 weeks before your last spring frost and outdoors 1-2 weeks after your last spring frost. Eggplants can be planted throughout the summer up until 14 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Plant eggplant seeds 1/4 inch deep, 1 per square foot, in the full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Eggplant seeds will sprout in 6-12 days. Eggplants will require plenty of water!

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

         Good Bad
Basil Oregano Arugula
Beans (Bush & Pole) Peas Corn
Cucumbers Peppers (Banana, Bell, Hot, & Sweet) Fennel
Goji Berries Potatoes Ginger
Marigolds Spinach Leeks
Marjoram Tarragon Lettuce
Mustard Greens Tomatoes (Bush & Vine) Onions
    Shallots
    Swiss Chard
    Turmeric

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Pests:

Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for eggplants:

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Harvesting:

Eggplants should be ready for harvest in approximately 80-90 days. Harvest once the fruit turns dark brown and glossy. Don’t let them get much larger than 6 inches.

Cooking & Eating!

Eggplant can be eaten by itself, or it can be added to anything from stir-fries to stews to casseroles. Store egplant on the kitchen counter instead of the fridge after harvesting.

 

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