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Curated for container and raised bed gardening, each seed pack represents 1 square foot of garden space - Perfect for planning your LifeSpace Garden.
Eggplants are great for growing in LifeSpace Gardens and they yield a very large harvest. They are easy to grow but do take a while to mature. The also love heat and sun.
Seeds per Pack: 2-3 | Spacing per square foot: 1
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How do I Grow Eggplants?
To start your eggplant from seed, plant them inside in a seedling tray. Choose a larger seedling tray to allow ample room to grow while the plant is inside, before being transplanted. Sow one seed per cell on your seedling tray and cover it with a light layer of soil and water. Keep the tray in a place that gets a lot of sunlight (6-8hours) and is a constant room temperature.
To help keep your seeds warm, while they are growing indoors, invest in a heat mat. Continue to grow your seedlings in 4 inch pots before moving them into the garden. When you’re getting ready to transplant your seedlings, warm the soil a few days beforehand by covering it with black plastic/cloth. Move your plants into the garden once the weather is consistently above 10 C (50 F) at night.
If the weather is still cold, cover your eggplants to protect them from the cool weather.
1 cup: Folate (5%), Vitamin B6 (3%), Vitamin K (4%), Thiamin (2%), Manganese (10%), Potassium (5%)
Harvest your eggplant with scissors to avoid damaging the plant. Pick some fruits that are half the size of mature fruit because it will stimulate the plant to keep producing. Clip the stem as close to the stalk as possible without damaging the stalk itself. Another sign that your eggplant is ready to harvest is when they nice and glossy.
Preparing and using
Store your eggplant on the kitchen table if you’re not going to use them right away, but don’t store them in your refrigerator. Be mindful when handling your eggplant as they can bruise easily. Eggplants are great to use in famous dishes such as eggplant parmesan, moussaka and ratatouille, or fry them up in a stirfry. They are also great if you're looking to reduce your meat consumption as they are very hearty and great on the grill.
Helpful Tips and Tricks
Try pruning off some of the flowers to keep energy focused on existing fruit.