December 1st : I plant four long black eggplant seeds in quality potting mix with a little blood and bone mixed through. I shield the young seedlings from the wind with a plastic milk container with the top cut off.
January 26: I’ve culled the seedlings to two which may still be a little cramped for this container. The leaves are broad and healthy. I’m watering every day.
February 9th : the eggplants are clearly going to be much bigger than I anticipated and their root system has quickly filled the pot. I’m noticing little black bugs on the leaves which I later discover are flea beetles that can quickly suck an eggplant to death. I try to squish as many as I can.
February 13th: It makes all the angst and sleepless nights worth it.
Feb 15th: The caterpillar and flea beetles attacks look bad but the plants seem to be soldiering on
February 23rd: I think I spy my first fruit