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Eggplants for Dummies

All About Planting Eggplants!

Have you ever wondered how to make the perfect healthy snack for children, without them spitting the whole thing out? A common question among us parents, this question has remained virtually unanswered. Eggplants however, are the perfect snack for kids who hate their veggies, and growing your own eggplants is a fun, easy task.

First, you can give eggplant a head start by planting them 6-9 weeks before the predicted final frost of your area. Secondly, dig down 1/4 of an inch and plant the seeds. If you live in a place that is very hot, then fortune favors you.

The third step to a perfect eggplant is to water the eggplant seeds overnight so germination can occur. Use a heater to keep the temperature of the soil at 80-90 degrees Fahrenheit (27-32 degrees Celsius, for the purists). When the eggplants begin growing bigger and cannot fit in one pot, replant the eggplants in separate, individual pots. Keep replanting the plants again and again until the temperature outside becomes approximately 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius).

After transplanting the plants to the outside, immediately mulch the eggplants for better growing conditions. When the vegetable blooms, apply fertilizer. The plants need 1-1.5 inches (2.54-3.81 centimeters) of clean, cold water every week.

When the smooth, purple skin of the eggplant gets glossy, pick the plants, and make tasty treats for your vegetable-hating kids, who will love the concoctions from the first, juicy bite of eggplant.

Picture Caption: A ripe eggplant will look like this. It will be ready to pick and eat!

Advice Column: Dealing With Loss

Dear Locomotion,

I have been meaning to write you a letter for a really long time, but I have been... busy... feeling like my world has ended... I know that your parents passed in a fire, but mine, they... died... in the recent attack on the Twin Towers, the one they are calling 9/11.

Now, the reason I wrote to you, what I want from you... the great poet Locomotion... how did you get over the loss of your parents? How did you deal with the stress? Most importantly, how... should I move on? I am most utterly depressed and heartbroken, and every time I think about them, my whole body aches, and I am sad, even to the point of suicide.

Locomotion, the only things I want more than you to write back to me are for my parents to come back and to give Al Qaeda what they deserve. Please, please, please write back. You... don't know how much it would mean to me.

Yours Truly,

Depressed in New York City

Dear Depressed in New York City,

You have my deepest condolences, and... I know how it feels to lose your loved ones to stupid disasters, natural or caused by humans. This act from Al Qaeda is selfish and unrighteous.

My advice to you is to find something to do that takes your mind off of the sad feelings. for me, I used poetry, what is now my favorite hobby. For others, the special hobby may be music, art, reading, or playing sports. This is a good way to keep yourself content and your mind off of the bad feelings.

Religion is another way to stay off of the bad feelings. Through finding God, staying happy has been easier. Just feeling like I was finding Him made me feel better.

This is my advice for you, and I am very sorry. You may think about them from time to time, but as I learned... sometimes we have to learn to move on... even if it is hard. Stay optimistic through times of sorrow.