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Hydroponics Tuesday: Full-Sized Baby Eggplants
12/11/2007 7:33:00 AM

I'd like to start this week by posting a correction regarding some of my previous comments...

Last week, I expressed puzzlement regarding our eggplant fruits, and why they weren't growing any larger.  Now I know better.  The Bambino Baby Eggplant is only expected to grow to a diameter of approximately 1.5".  Our little guys are fully mature, and nothing is wrong.

Actually, I'm very much looking forward to cooking the little Bambinos.  I'm thinking that I can skewer them whole, and grill an entire bunch of them on a kabob.  In theory, if they cook with the skin on, they should retain all their moisture.

Here's a photo of the first (and largest) of the Bambinos.  It's the same one featured in previous posts:

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We're planning some new experiments in the near future.  I've started to purchase the items to construct an aeroponic unit from scratch.  Thus far, we've acquired a bunch of the Microjet sprayers (the little water sprayers inside an aeroponic unit), some 3" and 6" net pots, and some bulkhead connectors (used for passing a pipe through the wall or floor of a container).  We'd like to build a single-site aeroponic unit, specifically for larger plants, such as the eggplant.  Although our eggplant has been a success, it's really been a bad neighbor to the other plants in the TurboGarden.  I haven't found any other units to our liking, so we'll be building our own.

We've looked into a few types of materials.  At the moment, we're leaning toward making some custom plexi-glass "lids" for some planters.  One of the goals for this projects is to create an aeroponic unit with less expense than a commercially built unit.

This week's overview photo:

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PlantTypeStatus
#01Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesSmall fruit and flowers are appearing regularly.
#02Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesSmall fruit and flowers are appearing regularly.
#03Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesSmall fruit and flowers are appearing regularly.  
#04Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesSmall fruit and flowers are appearing regularly. 
#05Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesSmall fruit and flowers are appearing regularly.
#06Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesSmall fruit and flowers are appearing regularly. 
#07Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesSmall fruit and flowers are appearing regularly. 
#08Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesSmall fruit and flowers are appearing regularly.
#09Alexandria Alpine StrawberriesThis fellow is always partially covered by the eggplant, and is not as large as the other strawberries.
#10Andrew Rahart's Jumbo Heirloom TomatoRemoved on 11/18/2007.
#11Delicious Heirloom TomatoPreviously killed through personal stupidity.
#12Bambino Baby EggplantLots of flowers and fruit. The largest fruits have a diameter of 1.75"  We're starting to pick them now, as they finish ripening.
#13Monet's Garden Lettuce
Removed
#14Monet's Garden LettuceRemoved
#15Monet's Garden LettuceRemoved
#16Monet's Garden LettuceTasty.  Eaten on 09/29/2007.
#17Lime Basil
Gone to seed.  Removed
#18Delicious Heirloom TomatoKilled off as of 11/13/2007.  It wasn't doing well, and we ended its run.