|Great for the home gardener, this compact, basil branching plant produces high yields of milky white, egg-sized fruit with virtually spineless leaves weighing in at 2 3/4 to 3 1/2 ounces. These were bred intentionally for container gardens at about 18-24" tall. There are few pests and disease problems but it is a good idea to watch the plants for any build up of aphids or whitefly. (10 seeds per package.)|
Vegetable Garden - Tips on Growing Eggplant From Seed
Rotation considerations: Follow beans or peas.
Start eggplant indoors eight weeks before your transplanting date. You will want to transplant when you can count on these conditions: soil temperatures at least 70º (21ºC) and daytime air temperatures consistently above 70ºF(21ºC), and night air temperatures not below 60ºF (16ºC).
Eggplants are very sensitive to transplant shock, so instead of sowing seed in flats, start the plants in 4-inch pots right away, 2-3 seeds per pot. Germinate with bottom heat and try to maintain soil temperature of at least 85ºF (27ºC) until the seedlings emerge and then 70ºF (21ºC) there after.
Thin to one plant per pot, but cutting the extras with scissors. Brush the plants gently with your hands twice a day to promote stocky growth and hefty stems. Harden the seedlings for a week before transplanting by decreasing the air temperature to 60ºF (16ºC) and cutting back on the water. Once outdoors cut slits into the plastic mulch and transplant carefully to avoid root damage.
USDA Hardiness Zone -First Frost Date- Last Frost Date
Squash, cucumbers, melons, eggplant, okra, tomatoes and other vegetables in your garden depend on bees to set fruit, so plant yourself some insurance with flowers that will attract them. Bee balm is one of their favorites.
As soon as the weather is dependably warm and sunny, you should see the bees visiting your plants. Bee balm is perennial in Zones 4 through 9, so put it in a corner of the garden were it can grow undisturbed. It will multiply, too. If you “deadhead,” or cut off the old blooms when they fade, bee balm will bloom longer.