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Eggplant!

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Eggplant pushing up, for the first time probably ever in my tiny farming career, in real sun, not those kinda ghastly (but effective enough) fluorescent lights. This is part of the current season’s unusual start-up, split between two farm locations (where I live and where I grow, about a mile apart, eight minutes by bike!), and smaller and way later than usual, and than the crazy weather allowed. These guys, along with peppers and tomatoes, are in 200- and 128-cell trays, seeded from bareroot germination into a smaller cell size than the usual 72, to make the most of window space. They’ll soon be off to the seedling room on the other farm, and 14-hour days of indoor lighting. Meanwhile, they seem to like it like this—raise your hands in the air! :)

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10 thoughts on “Eggplant!”

  1. Ack! You don’t like fluorescent lights? I keep forgetting that you guys are hippies and organic. I must say I didn’t know it went as far as not liking electric lighting. I thought you just didn’t like pesticides.

  2. Wow, I love how your eggplants pushes up – “raise your hands in the air”
    I am using the aquaponics system for planting veggies and it requires less maintenance when it comes to fertilizer, plus doesn’t need much space. I can recommend this type of system to you since you love planting in small spaces. :)

  3. We had a great Summer with Eggplant this year. By FAR the best performers were Korean Early Long Black and Japanese White. KELB, especially, were WAY in front as the earliest producers, and there are still some (smallish) fruits hanging well beyond the end of the season. Hope your Eggplant crop is as good to you this season as ours has been!

  4. You have some really great photos on here. Growing eggplant in the sun really does make a difference, not just to the plant, but to the photo as well :) You should submit some of your photos to The Green Life’s farm photo contest. I think you have some really promising pieces, and the contest is offering prizes for the winner. Check it out at http://site.thegreenlifeonline.org/photocontest/.

  5. I love how your eggplants pushes up – “raise your hands in the air”
    I am using the aquaponics system for planting veggies and it requires less maintenance when it comes to fertilizer, plus doesn’t need much space.

  6. Did you know that at one time, women in the Orient used a black dye made form eggplant to stain their teeth a gun metal gray? The dye probably came from the same dark purple eggplant we see in the marketplace today.

  7. Aquaponics is ,by far, the best mode to grow your own meal as the product is far superior then the organic food,ofcourse because of lack of chemicals,veggies tastes awesome too….so as the fish

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