As my mother-in-law quickly noticed, we’ve harvested an eggplant from our vegetable garden. This is our first bit of produce coming out of the garden, and we thought it to be a pretty decent specimen. This plant also has another eggplant growing, so apparently its quite the achiever!
To stay true to our southern heritage, we had this beautiful veggie sliced and sizzling in hot oil within about an hour of it coming off the vine. It was amazing how many different recipes I found for eggplants – and so many of them were fried. If we had a few more eggplants or if I had picked out a plant that grew heavier eggplants, we could have even picked out a main course recipe. As it stands, we simply fried these and ate them with a little black pepper and Parmesan cheese. We both loved it.
I haven’t taken any pictures of the garden lately, but it isn’t nearly as attractive as it had been a few weeks ago. The tomato plants have grow to over 6 feet, but I haven’t offered them adequate support, so they are slumping. They are, however, producing tomatoes – there are 6 that I’ve noticed so far. That’s 2 on each of 3 vines… a 4th vine, which is no longer anywhere nearly upright, hasn’t produced anything yet. Big surprise.
Along with the semi productive tomato vines, there are at least two, possibly four, cucumbers actively growing right now. That particular plant is very aggressive and I should have offered it more space. I worry about its broad leaves over shadowing the eggplant plant and I have to redirect its runners every few days to keep it from using nearby plants as supports.
The pepper plants have been disappointing so far… they’ve produced nothing. Its possible, of course, that they take slightly longer than the others to mature, so I won’t complain much yet. And even if they don’t pop anything out, its been a nice experience. I was concerned about the placement of the garden, but it seems that it isn’t so bad after all.
Thank you Sheila for prodding me to tell everyone about the veggies. 🙂