overwintering

Berkeley, CA(Zone 9a)

My eggplants did not have enough time to bloom/grow this summer and a couple of tomato plants have not finished their cycle. Is is possible to root some tomato stems or grow the eggplant indoors for planting in the spring?

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

tomatoes, you can, but easier to repurchase than baby thru the winter, eggplant, ummmm, don't think I would try that. They cant be put out til soil temps hit 50* to set fruits...many take cuttings from spring tomatoes to grow for the fall garden, they have to wait so long for spring you may lose them...

Monte Vista, CO(Zone 4a)

Hi, dun1kirk,

I've had a different experience with your plant situation. My tomatoes all got hit with an early frost, so I dug them up and put them in pots, took off all the frost-bitten leaves, and put them in the new greenhouse that was still under construction. They survived and are putting on fruit like crazy, with nights, so far as low as -1 degrees. I have eggplant starts in my little bookcase greenhouse (a bookcase on each side with a piece of plywood resting on 2x4 boards spanning from each bookcase shelf. Above the plants is another 2x4 with a 4-foot grow light attached. It's in the living room, where temperatures are fine for plants, in front of a window which also helps to warm it. There's a sheet thrown over the top to help keep in heat and humidity. Works great. I just set out some Brandywine tomatoes into bigger pots today from the little 'bookcase greenhouse'. Any plant that's living is worth trying to save, in my opinion.By the way, I grew them all from seed. Where there's a will, there's a way, and fresh vegetables are worth the effort (watering two or three times a week). With a little effort up-front transplanting, I'll save money all winter on tomatoes and other vegetables that I could keep inside the house by raising the board that holds the light as they grow. Not only that, I'm already harvesting yellow pear tomatoes and lettuce with extraordinary flavor not usually found in grocery stores. Not to mention, they're organic. I have a watermelon, some anaheim chiles, eggplant, and tomatoes growing in the house and they look pretty happy.
1. Indian corn popcorn starts, in the bookcase greenhouse
2. pear tomatoes and brussel sprout starts in the b/g
3. Moon and Stars watermelons (with moons and stars on the leaves!)
4. Another shot of the bookcase greenhouse. I used lattice under the sheet to keep kitty out. He's an opportunist, obviously. :)

It's not hard taking care of the plants, this way. When they're young, I use a two-liter soda bottle and water once or twice a day, depending on how damp the soil feels. No problemo.

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Helena, MT

dun1kirk, I have never grown egg plant, however it is on my list for next season. In reading about growing egg plant I came across a suggestion for placing a few egg plants in your sprawled tomato rows which I was planning on trying. Plus, I came across another suggestion for ripening late season tomatoes by hanging the plants much like pepper plants. I am building a place in my shed for hanging pepper plants, tomato plants and my dried beans which are still not fully ripened So why not hang egg plants??? They are the same family as tomatoes.......

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