The Cottage Gardener

The Cottage Gardener Online Catalogue

We have been providing rare and endangered heirloom varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers to gardeners and market growers since 1996. Our online catalogue has over 650 heirloom seed varieties available, in retail packet sizes and bulk amounts. We have one of the most diverse selections of Certified Organic seeds in Canada, and we add to this each year.

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Eggplant

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  1. A Description of Eggplant

    History: Eggplants originated in India and have been grown there for thousands of years. After spreading to Africa and Europe, they were introduced to England in 1596. They were not hugely popular in that country because the climate was not conducive to growing them. Cultivation: eggplants are slow growers and heat-lovers, meaning that they need to be started early indoors to produce fruit. Sow seed 1/4" deep in soil-less mix, 7-8 weeks before the last frost. Harden off & transplant to a warm, protected, sunny location, when soil has warmed, 12" apart. Companions: beans encourage growth and deter the potato beetle; thyme & marigold deter pests.

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