Tuesday, 10 June 2008

I'm Branching Out

I fear I've been a bit boring in my veggie growing. That's ok; this is the first year I've done container veggie gardening and I'm feeling very pleased with myself.

Still, when I read The Edible Container Garden or other's blogs and they list all the wonderful veggies I do feel a pang. Part of it is due to lack of time - it's in short supply so I try to grow what I will know will definitely be eaten - and part of it is me being not very adventurous.

But all that is about to change! Behold my very first aubergine plant. I picked it up during the Awful Garden Centre Trip and was initially attracted by the beautiful foliage.

It's a 'Baby Belle' and according to the label it's attractive and bushy and just right for containers. The dwarf eggplant's fruits can also be eaten. I jolly well hope so. Even if it doesn't produce anything, I shall enjoy looking at it.


  1. I always find Aubergines at bit imtimidating. I dont really know what to do with them - except something to do with salt. pathetic I know

  2. Roasted or grilled eggplant, mixed with other veggies, isn't too bad, but my favorite dish is eggplant parmigiana. Eggplant is one of those things without much flavor on its own. You really have to spice it up a bit to enjoy it. I hope your plant proves to be fruitful.

  3. Here in Egypt, eggplants (aubergines) are a common ingredient of the traditional Egyptian diet. Traditionally, it used to be one of the popular common foods for the poor in Egypt.

    Traditionally, we in Egypt cook eggplants by slicing them into circles and frying them in oil. We also pickle the smaller ones and they are really tasty.

  4. My wife enjoys grilled eggplant and often mixes it with other veggies. I added an eggplant to my container garden last year and it grew pretty well. The only problem that I had was knowing when to pick them. If you're not careful they will get too ripe and can't be eaten.