Please help identify these plants in our community garden

Oakland, CA

Hello all,

Here in Oakland we have a community garden. Not many do much there and recently I've been weeding and dong some work there. While I was weeding, mixed in with clovers and near squash plants there were a few each of these two plants. I believe they're weeds but I do not want to pull them out if not.

Can someone identify these for me?? I'm sorry because I'm sure this is something simple. But I haven't gardened much in a while since I left my families farm about 10 years ago.

Thanks everyone and I hope you're having an excellent new years!!

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Delhi, India

The first one looks like brinjal to me.

Beautiful, BC(Zone 8b)


Oakland, CA

Thanks so much for the quick response. So the first one (the sickly one) is eggplant? It has fuzzy leaves. The second one (the one that's not sickly, and you can see multiple plant beds) has smooth leaves.

So I should try and save the first one. Any wild guesses on the second one or do you recommend yanking it out?

If needed I could get more pictures.

Thanks again!!


Delhi, India

The second one could also be brinjal (eggplant), I see some flowers coming. You may wait for few more days. We had on plant here in Sunnyvale, CA, gave us servings three four times over a period of 3-4 months August-November. Being cold now no more flowers, the plant seems to be drying.

Contra Costa County, CA(Zone 9b)

Too cold for eggplant to survive. I would pull them, clean up the area and use it for something that will grow through the cold months. Try eggplant with a row cover perhaps as early as April (maybe March if spring comes early).
Time now for brassicas, most leaf and root crops, a few others-
Broccoli, cabbage, radish, turnip, lettuce, spinach, celery, peas...

If you have room in your house start seeds of eggplant, tomato, peppers and other warm season crops that take a long time to sprout.

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