Planting for March: Beans, Eggplants, and Cucumbers [Photos and Information]

That’s right!  I’ve planted more seeds!  I would have done it a few days ago but we had some unseasonably cold (to me!) and surprisingly rainy days.  Anywho, today I planted Royal Burgundy Beans, Easter Egg Plants, Rosa Bianca Eggplants, and Straight Eight Cucumbers.

The Royal Burgundy Beans are a compact bush variety (good for small places) and need no staking for support.  As you can guess they’re purple!  But they do turn green when cooked.  They’re also stringless (sounds good to me).  Plant them directly in the ground when the soil reaches 65-75F at an 1 inch down.  Because the beans mature all at once, it can be a good idea to plant your seeds in 3 or so week intervals so you can keep harvesting all summer long.

Royal Burgundy Beans

The Rosa Bianca is and Italian Eggplant with a sweet and mild flavor that’s great for cooking (can’t wait!).  Eggplants need to be started indoors (unless you live in the Southwest or the Deep South, I’ve heard) and transplanted once the soil’s reached 60F at least.  Eggplants are from India and China originally so they love the heat!  These eggplants are round with creamy ivory and purple flesh, and can grow to 2-3 lbs.  I’m practically salivating!

Rosa Bianca Eggplant

Easter Egg Plants are an ornamental eggplant, but they can be eaten.  The person I bought my seeds from (Sophie’s Seeds and Swine I mentioned in another post) says her variety was given to her by a friend and they’ve got a lot of flavor, but I can’t vouch for all Easter Egg Plants.  Some people say they’re bland.  We’ll have to wait and see!  Either way, the skin is thin and soft so it doesn’t need to be peeled.  Anyway, the Easter Egg Plants, like the Burgundy Beans, don’t need a stake for support.  Since they are eggplants, they need to be started indoors and transplanted, just like the Rosa Bianca.  If left to ripen on the vine, the eggplants shrink and turn yellow like an egg yolk!

Easter Egg Plant

Straight Eight Cucumbers are an American variety introduced in 1935 and are great slicing cucumbers (I didn’t really know some were better to slice than others, but I suppose it makes sense) and pickles.  Said to be a prolific and disease-resistant plant, they produce dark green 7-8″ cucumbers.  Plant them in late spring or start them ahead of time indoors.

Straight Eight Cucumbers

Let’s hope I have some sprouts in a couple weeks!  Happy planting!

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