Feral Biologist is a nickname given to me by a friend while I was in graduate school. I teach General Biology and Environmental Science at a community college in Central Texas. At home I like to grow my own food, save my own seeds, cook the food I grow, and appreciate the wild plants an animals I share my habitat with.
I just harvested a bunch of Fengyuan Purple eggplants. I've never seen an eggplant this long and skinny before.
The lighting for the picture wasn't that great, but you get the idea. I stuck my hand in there for scale. The longest ones are over a foot long.
The deer haven't really been bothering the plants, but several of the eggplants have marks like these in them. Looks like marks from chicken beaks to me! The neighbor's chickens strike again. So much for that idea that chickens are good for the garden. They're almost as destructive as deer! I think most of the eggplants are salvageable. I can cut the pecked part off and eat the rest, but I also found some more tomatoes that had been pecked and earwigs were eating the rest.
I'm looking forward to making some delicious curries and stir-fries with these!