Eggplant is THE color now. It's harvest season, and the eggplants are ripe and plentiful at groceries and farmers' markets. Aren't they beautiful?
Yes, tasty, too. Eggplants are used in many cuisines, familiar dishes such as eggplant parmesan, ratatouille, eggplant creole and baba ghanouj. Try this great recipe for steamed eggplant with turmeric from fellow blogger Yoga Mom for an incredibly easy and delicious way to enjoy eggplant this season.
Maybe one look at all those inspiring eggplants makes you want to grow your own. Me, too! Yes, next year.
Even as the regular baseball season is ending, and fans (of non-contending teams at least) start thinking about next year, gardeners think about next year, too. It's true, I have planted crocus bulbs while listening to the Cubs on the radio, thinking that the next time I would hear them again, the crocuses would be blooming.
The point is, next-year's garden begins in your dreams, today. Now is the time to start planning.
Eggplants are relatively easy to grow. Like tomatoes and peppers, they do like warm weather, and lots of sun. If you have a sunny spot, you can grow eggplants. Unlike watermelon, zucchini and pumpkins, they don't need alot of space. Some varieties can even be grown in containers!
They are a good choice for late starters (like me), too. If you are one of those people who can't quite manage to get the garden plot ready for cold-weather (spring) crops like spinach, or start seeds indoors under grow lights, don't despair. Late May is not too late. For eggplants, your timing couldn't be better.
After Memorial Day the ground is just getting warm enough for eggplants. You can find them already-started at garden centers, ready to grow all summer.
And all summer, there are these lovely purple or lavender blossoms followed by glossy purple eggplants ripening in the sun. Maybe it's time to fall for them, again. This is the season.
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