How big of a garden do I need for a family of 4?

Generally speaking, 200 square feet of garden space per person will allow for a harvest that feeds everyone year-round. For an average family of four, plan for an 800 square-foot garden—a plot that’s 20 feet by 40 feet in size should do the trick. If your family is larger (or smaller), scale up or down as needed.

Do eggplants keep producing?

Although eggplants will keep growing and flowering, they are more productive if cut back and allowed to regrow during late summer. Cut plants to about 6 to 8 inches in early August, cut at a crotch, fertilize and allow them to regrow. Fertilize and keep soils moist to force them to regrow.

Do you need 2 eggplants to produce fruit?

The answer is that the eggplant is self-pollinating due to its “perfect” or “complete” flowers. Perfect flowers contain both anthers (which produce pollen) and pistils (which receive the pollen). You can even say “There, there, good flower,” but it’s not really necessary.

What is considered a large garden?

Individual 100 square feet
Couple 200 square feet
Average Family 300-500 square feet
Large Family (5+) 600-800 square feet
Religious Family (8+) 1000+ square feet

Is eggplant coming back next year?

Congratulations on last year’s successful harvest. The plant is in the same Solanaceae family as tomatoes and peppers, so it may grow from year to year, depending on the climate. However, the old plants and the new ones initially grew at the same rate and yielded the same number and size of fruits.

What grows good with eggplant?

Peppers, both sweet and hot, make good companion plants, as they have the same growing needs and are susceptible to the same pests and diseases. Tomatoes are often used as eggplant companions. Again, be sure not to shade the eggplant. Potatoes and spinach are also said to make great companion plantings too.

How many eggplants can you get from one plant?

Eggplant Yield Estimates. The rule of thumb is to plant one to two eggplants for each person who will eat them. Of course, this will vary with how many children and adults are in your family, or if you plan to sell your eggplants at a roadside stand or farmer’s market. Keep in mind that Italian oval eggplants produce about eight fruits per plant,…

What is the best way to plant eggplant?

Plant your eggplants in full sun, but shield against the wind, if possible. Eggplants can be planted in rows, with 18 inches between each plant in the row, and 30 inches between each row. If you are planting fewer plants, consider a raised bed.

What can I grow with eggplant?

What to Grow with Eggplants. Eggplants need to absorb a significant amount of nitrogen, hence the use of additional fertilizer, but planting eggplant companions such as annual legumes (like peas and beans), will help eggplants since these veggies leach additional nitrogen into the surrounding soil.

What is the plant size of an eggplant?

A perennial in the world’s tropics, eggplant usually grows as an annual in more temperate zones. Its growth habit is bushy and branching, and it has sturdy stalks. Although the plant can reach a height of 8 feet, you are more likely to see an eggplant that is 2 to 4 feet tall.