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Mary-Jane



Joined: 13 Jan 2005
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Location: The Fishing Strumpet is from Ceredigion in West Wales
PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

dododumpling wrote:
Two of the plants are in pots, two in a growbag. I water them (almost) every night and feed them once a week with the same stuff I use for tomatoes and courgettes.


Are you feeding yours too Fee?

Fee



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nope, they get watered most days if they're lucky

Mary-Jane



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Hmmmmm...now I'm defo 'confused of Ceredigion'

katie



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I feed mine once a week as well.

Fee



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mary-Jane wrote:
Hmmmmm...now I'm defo 'confused of Ceredigion'


Did I mention they are outside too

As I said, I'll hold comment on success just yet, you've seen the size of my only fruit so far!

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I never grown aubergines - aubergine plants, yes, but not actual aubergines! I think they might not like drying out and then being watered - could you rig up a drip system, so they get watered constantly? HDRA sell them. The big drippa system is better then the drippa taps or other dripper systems, because its really hard to get a seal onto the resevoir with anything that doesn't come with one, despite the usefulness of 5l plastic bottles. Or you could try pin holes in plastic bottles.

nettie



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I failed miserably and can't be bothered with them any more!!!

hardworkinghippy



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Location: Bourrou South West France
PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We've just spent this morning cutting up kilos and kilos of summer veg for ratatouille for the kilner jars. The aubergines are brilliant this year.



I've never pricked them out (didn't know you had to ) and I always use the richest patch in the garden for them. They're suffering from the heat here, but each plant is giving about ten nice fruit.

Aubergines are great toasted in olive oil really fast to seal in the juice, then shaken over a slower heat until they're soft. You have to stand over the cooker moving them all the time, but it doesn't take too long and they're really lovely. You can do the same thing in batter, but they take a bit longer to cook.

If the aubergines have a lot of seeds, they taste better if you cut them up and shake salt on them to make them sweat a bit. Rinse them before you cook them.

Fee



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

they're fantastic!

culpepper



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nearly all mine have fruit on but it doesn't get as big as shop aubergines.
I think my pots were a bit small. The ones in 9" pots have done the best. Mine are in the greenhouse.

James



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

To set & ripen fruit, they need a really healthy flow of air with NO water on the plant. Keep the aubergines towards the front of the greenhouse, and always water the roots, never the plant. I water with seaweed extract once a week and tomato feed once or twice a week.
One of my aubergines is rubbing shoulders with a tomato and its doing just fine- in a week or two thereíll be more fruit that Iíll be able to use.

Mary-Jane



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Location: The Fishing Strumpet is from Ceredigion in West Wales
PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

hardworkinghippy wrote:
...The aubergines are brilliant this year.


Bloody hell - your aubergines look amazing! Mind you - you're in the right climate there...it's not quite the same in wet and windy West Wales

bimini



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 06 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I'm in dry and arid East Anglia and I've failed with aubergines for the past couple of years. We only ever had one fruit and that was the first time we tried them. I'm trying again... plenty of water, feeding once a week and pollinating by hand (tickling the flowers with a small brush!)... time will tell.

I've always had them in the greenhouse... but judging by the photo above I'm probably better off trying them in the veg plot.

Congratulations to those that have more success.

hardworkinghippy



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 06 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I'm picking more today, and I got a real whopper which I couldn't resist weighing and posting the pic in here.



...yes, but will it taste good ?

tahir



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 06 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Humongous

I've been round my mum's today and she's got plenty of fruit on her plants (outdoors)

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