Isuppose most of us know how closely related potatoes and tomatoes are – even to one or two nasty little accidents being caused by children (and some not so young!) eating potato seed heads, which look exactly like unripe tomatoes.
Now, based on this, Thompson & Morgan have announced a major horticultural breakthrough.
Next season, specially hand-grafted plants producing both potatoes and tomatoes will be available to UK home gardeners for the first time and even if you’re not a keen veg grower, you will find it hard to resist trying out this innovation.
Above the ground you should be able to pick more than 200 deliciously sweet cherry tomatoes, but of just the right acidity only found in the tastiest tomatoes.
But the real novelty is that below the ground gardeners will find a nice big crop of well-flavoured, white potatoes which can be boiled, mashed, roasted or made into chips.
This concept has been worked on for over 15 years, but this is the first time that plants have been successfully produced commercially. Each plant is hand-grafted to produce this unique double-cropping feature. No genetic modification is involved – it’s an all-natural and completely safe process.
The TomTato™ will be dispatched with full growing instructions, but Thompson and Morgan say this is hardly necessary as the plants are so easy to grow – inside or outside, in a large patio pot or 40 litre bag, on the allotment or in the vegetable garden.
Thompson & Morgan is expecting huge interest in its innovative “veg plot in a pot” and customers are being urged to order early to be sure to get their hands on these unique plants, which are available via its website. What a novel present for a keen gardener who seems to have everything!