|Black King eggplant|
|Listada de Gandia|
It wasn't until many years later that the blight that caused the crop failure was discovered. And now that we've had a number of years experience growing crops on the farm, we can attest to a long list of possible causes for production failures. If someone would have described this situation to me now, I might have been tempted to ask questions about how much fertilizer they had put on their garden. Often a crop such as eggplant that grows bigger and greener than usual without fruit has too much nitrogen. But, in the end, all of my answers would have been guesses and they would have been wrong.
In any event, we mentioned that the reason for the crop failure was discovered years later. Or should we say, the culprit confessed?
A plant that has its flowers pruned diligently will tend to continue to grow bigger and produce more leaves. We also know that a child who is aware that
a) flowers on an eggplant plant will turn into fruit
b) eggplant fruit will become eggplant parmesan
c) said child wishes to avoid eating eggplant parmesan
the result will be a motivated child.
We also now know that a kid can be successful in making sure that every flower is picked off of an eggplant plant before they turn to fruit.
But, Tammy forgot something. Other people grow eggplant. And Mom can always buy an eggplant from them. Oops.