The summer crops from my little patio garden lasted well into the fall yielding eggplant until two weeks ago. I now feel like I could take on any cooking challenge that included eggplant as the secret ingredient because I’ve prepared it in almost every way I could imagine except dessert.
Even so, I was a little heart broken when I ripped the fading eggplants from their Earthbox. I’m finding that I have a hard time pulling up vegetable plants even after they are long past their prime. I get sentimental about the gifts they yielded and have to give myself a little pep talk to perform the first yank on the roots. It was much easier to pull up the non-producing tomatoes.
But, it was time. The eggplants were clearly unhappy in the cooler weather and I had Brussels sprout seedlings that needed a home.
I’m excited about my winter garden; my third planting in the patio garden! I planted broccoli seeds and the Brussels sprout seedlings in the Earthboxes and butter lettuce seeds in a few large pots.
I’ll be interested to see how the lettuce does. I have good luck with the Earthboxes, but spottier results with the pots. I have a hard time figuring out how much to water the potted plants, but with the Earthbox I just fill the reservoir and the plant does the work. I’m getting better, but I’m definitely still learning.
Once again, a huge thanks to Carla Crownover at Austin Urban Gardens for continuing to coach me to grow new things. She might turn me into a real gardener after all!