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Eggplants Bounce Back

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Three Good Looking Eggs

Three Good Looking Eggs

Here are three beautiful eggplants. We’ve already enjoyed some of my favorite eggplant Parmesan and our eggplant harvest is going to be very good.

Leaf Damage from Flea Beetles

Leaf Damage from Flea Beetles

Our eggplants are looking pretty good and giving us some beautiful fruit, but six weeks ago, I really thought the crop was lost. The plants were infested with flea beetles and the leaves riddled with holes. I was pretty sure they would die, but I put out some sticky traps to try to slow down the beetle activity and hoped for the best.

Eggplant

Eggplant

A few of traces of the damaged leaves are visible near the bottom of the plants, but the new growth is thick and damage free. Even the Japanese beetles, which are really bad here this year, seem to be leaving the eggplant alone.

As often happens with plants, if they can survive an initial insect onslaught and start putting out some healthy new growth, they can overcome the damage. That’s what happened here. Just a month ago Judy said that it looked like we wouldn’t have much in the way of eggplant this year, but they are back strong and we will have all we need.