Very popular in Mediterranean dishes, eggplant is a vegetable rich in water and low in calories. It is found in particular in Greek cuisine, in moussaka. It belongs to the Solanaceae family, like the potato and the tomato. Generally purple in colour, it can be grown in the ground in your garden, by choosing the Monarca among others, or under glass, like the Telar. The taste will remain more or less the same.
It is therefore possible to plant the aubergine directly in the vegetable garden or to sow it in a pot at home. Beware, however, this vegetable needs a lot of heat and a very fertile soil. Indeed, it will appreciate a soil rich in humus and fresh. As for the calendar, if you choose to sow them, you can start at the beginning of February indoors until April, ensuring a temperature of 20°. You will then have to transplant them into a pot, an operation that can be tricky. For the plants in the garden, it is advisable to wait until the end of May, to avoid any risk of frost, which could be fatal.
Finally, to maintain the aubergine, it is advisable to water the plants regularly and to keep your soil cool, by mulching it at the end of June. To guarantee a good production, you will have to pinch the aubergine regularly, which means pruning the suckers. You will be able to harvest it on average five months after planting, between mid-August and October, when it has stopped growing.