How to Grow Eggplants in a Garden
A widely used vegetable in our kitchens is eggplant, also known as aubergine; a purple vegetable that can be used in a variety of dishes, as there are many ways to cook an eggplant. However, often when we go to the store or supermarket, we find aubergines at exorbitant prices or that just don't look very good.
In order to avoid this, you can plant them yourself in your garden, thus saving yourself some money and knowing first-hand how they have been grown. Read here at OneHowTo.com how to grow eggplants in a garden easily and quickly.
To grow eggplants in a garden, it is best to use sprouts, i.e, the young plant that will soon sprout from the seed. Thus, the first step is to raise a sprout yourself or buy one at a horticulture or gardening center.
If you want to grow it in a pot at first, you'll need a deep enough container or tray. Make some holes in the bottom, these will serve as a drainage system. You can also use a plant pot too.
The next step is to fill the container with planting soil , which should be quite rich fertilizer, which should be of around 6.3 to 6.8 in pH levels. The best time to grow eggplant seeds is in the month of March or at the beginning of the spring, keeping the trays in a warm place or warm greenhouse.
Then we sow the eggplant seeds on the surface of the tray or container. Make sure there's enough space betwen each seed, preferably between 35 and 35 inches approximately.
Cover the seeds with a thin layer of soil and water them carefully so that no water accumulates. You should water them frequently but not too much, as the seedlings may rot from excess water.
When the seedlings have reached a height of about 7-8 cm you must remove them from the pan carefully to avoid damaging the roots. For proper growth, you must maintain high soil humidity throughout the growth cycle of the plant.
Find a sunny and protected spot in your garden or orchard and prepare the ground for the replanting of the sprouts. Using a shovel or spade, dig some holes in the ground and insert the seeds.
Make sure you water your plants frequently so that their soil is always moist.
The eggplants can be harvested once the plants are mature, which you will know by the color and hardness of the plant. It will also be quite large. If you notice the plant is growing, it's best if you tie the plant, as the fruit will probably tear the plant down as it grows, so keep a close eye on your eggplants.
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- Make sure that the plant is not directly exposed to the cold, as it is quite sensitive.