I've read that eggplants are fairly easy to grow. They crave warmth, hot weather and good soil. They grow well in raised beds, which is where they are planted. I have two eggplants, a Black Beauty and an Ichabod. We planted them in the same raised bed as the Roma tomatoes, cabbage and bell pepper. I believe they share the same growth pattern as tomatoes, so I hope this actually works.
Below: One of the eggplants
I'm a little concerned about flea beetles. They are usually the biggest problem that eggplants have. You can see a few holes in our eggplant (above). So I may need to spray them with something.
They are growing rather slow, staying close to the ground. But I'm happy to report that one of the eggplants has begun to produce an baby eggplant... I think. Let's hope I'm right.
Below: A baby eggplant will (hopefully) come out of that little purple bud...
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