Aubergine (Solanum melongena)
The aubergine is a perennial vegetable plant in hot countries but here it is grown as an annual
It is part of the solanaceae family like the tomato
ROTATIONIt is grown in the fruiting vegetable bed.
CULTIVATIONSow the seeds in March and April during a waxing crescent moon in a cold frame for planting out at the end of May beginning of June.
It is worthwhile re-transplanting to harden the plants off.
NEIGHBOURING PLANTSThe aubergine likes pot marigolds, dwarf beans, kohlrabi and lettuce.
It doesn't like being planted near potatoes.
DISEASES AND PARASITESMildew, powdery mildew and grey mould are the principal diseases.
Use a nettle suspension and an extraction of field horsetail.
Colorado beetle, aphids, red spiders, whitefly and molluscs are the principal parasites.
Nettle suspension is an excellent vegetable insecticide !
ADVICEUse aubergines to attract the Colarado beetle, this keeps them away from the potatoes!