Last year I suffered an epic fail trying to grow eggplants. (I chronicled my struggle in a March 2014 post.) Last fall, when I began to clean up prior to a killer freeze, I notice an eggplant in a pot was just beginning to thrive. I brought it indoors, expecting it to die before spring. The warm and sunny window must have suited it, because the eggplant thrived. This spring, I set it outdoors again.
I did plant other eggplants, in a protective hot house made from greenhouse scraps. I learned how to make ratatouille with the eggplants, squash, and tomatoes from the garden. But this little potted Winter Eggplant just continued to look pretty.
When a hail storm took out most of the garden in early spring, I thought the potted eggplant was a goner, but it made a comeback. Then temperatures were predicted to drop near freezing in late September, and I brought the eggplant indoors again. Another fruitless summer on the deck, I thought. until I noticed three little eggplants hanging from its branches. I may get an eggplant out of this yet!