One lovely, slightly spikey eggplant flower! As we don't get many bees around here I jiggled a brush inside it a little to stimulate pollination. Not sure if it is like tomatoes and one flower pollinates itself or if I need to move it between flowers but at least I am fairly sure it isn't a boy flower/girl flower scenario which is causing havoc amongst my cucurbits. Fingers crossed I may just have an eggplant or two this year which would make up for the stupid wilting tomatoes (yes I don't care if they hear me, tomatoes that are weak and wilty have no place on my balcony) and the lesbian cucumbers, not that I have anything against lesbians at all, but in the plant world unfortunately the girl cucumber flowers really need to plaly with the boy cucumber flowers on the variety I am growing. Fingers crossed a boy flower appears from somewhere before the powdery mildew pounces!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Eggplant Growing on an open Balcony
Eggplant may be a tricky one to grow, but it was an impulse buy for the balcony garden, in place of a zucchini that could not be located. I first posted about it here, and I was a bit worried it would never grow well. It is in a tricky spot behind the glass getting loads of way-too-hot afternoon sun (I know it likes sun but afternoon sun in Australia is a killer.) But it seems to be happy, even with the sunflower seeds I planted around it and, then, the other day I spotted this.