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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

aubergine

ROTATION

It is grown in the fruiting vegetable bed.

CULTIVATION

Sow 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 PLANTS

The aubergine likes pot marigolds, dwarf beans, kohlrabi and lettuce.
It doesn't like being planted near potatoes.

DISEASES AND PARASITES

Mildew, 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 !

ADVICE

Use aubergines to attract the Colarado beetle, this keeps them away from the potatoes!