‘TomTato’ Plant Combines Tomatoes and Potatoes Into One Epic Creation!

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Tomatoes and potato plants as separate crops? Pfft, that’s old news! The humble peasants of the past that farmed these green lands would no doubt be amazed at how far things have come since those days. They may even have thought that the newly launched ‘TomTato’ plant verged on black magic, amazingly we can do this at home with a sharp knife or secateurs with wire and a wrap, given that it gives you the best of both worlds by combining the fruit and vegetable types together, this takes creative gardening to a whole new level.

Above ground the ‘TomTato’ plant looks like your normal every day cherry tomato plant, but dig deeper(with a decent fork) and you may be surprised to uncover some potatoes hiding in the dirt. Given the amount of crop growth, fertiliser and soil quality is vitally important. This strange ‘mutant plant’ not to be confused with fascination, isn’t a product of genetic engineering though, it’s produced through a grafting process that takes advantage of Tomatoes and Potatoes being members of the nightshade family – thus being compatible! The result gives you over 500 cherry tomatoes and a decent sized crop of potatoes – ready for turning into chips! More surprising still, this plant grows in a plant pot or, trough, better yet a self watering trough. Combined with decent compost you’ve a remarkably frugal and efficient garden technique.

Plant and seed sellers Thompson & Morgan have developed the plant, calling it a “world exclusive”. However, it’s worth nothing that it’s not the first time this has been attempted, although Thompson & Morgan say that their technique is different – having taken 10 years to perfect – and the result is tastier. There is a way to do it yourself, although you won’t get the same results as you would if you bought one of these new plants. It’s quite a skilled process, as the Telegraph explains;

Mr Hansord said it was “very difficult to achieve the TomTato because the tomato stem and the potato stem have to be the same thickness for the graft to work – it is a very highly-skilled operation.

“They start off joined together by a plastic clip, then the clip pops off as they grow and they’re transferred into a 9cm pot and grow normally.”

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Speaking of buying, at £14.99 each the plants aren’t exactly cheap, especially as they only last for one season. Despite the price, these types of plants may be the future; especially in countries that have high populations but a lack of space(urban areas) in which to grow separate crops. We just have to be hopeful that they retain the same – or better – quality.

What two types of food would you like to see combined? Pretty soon we’ll be growing carrots on the backs of chickens! Well, that’s a little over the top but here’s an article on rearing chickens instead.

5 Plants that Changed the World…. Almost

Did you know that nettles were used in the middle ages to help the treatment of baldness? There’s loads of uses for plants and we will take a look at 5 of the best ones in this article.

1 – Cannibals & Pineapples

The famous explorer Christopher Columbus discovered upon reaching the Caribbean, that the local tribes who liked to feast on human flesh did so by using the popular fruit as a means to soften the meat. Subsequently, pineapples were then shipped over to Europe as a means to tenderise pork and are still commonly used as a firm favourite with gammon and chips.

2 – Monks Pepper & Underwear

Have you ever heard of the Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder? I certainly hadn’t until now although I don’t think I will be forgetting it in a hurry. It was said that Roman women were advised that the leaves of this plant were to be placed in the undies of the ladies to ward off any lustful feelings. It later became apparent that the plant was actually an aphrodisiac.

3 – Carrots & Warships

What could carrots possibly have to do to with warships? After reading this I was amazed to learn that not so long ago, 2 Scottish researchers discovered on a use for carrots that could aid the future building of our famous Royal Navy’s destroyers. By extracting the cellulose in the form of nano-fibres and combining this with a few other modern techniques, they discovered a material that was not only strong and rigid but that it was also very cheap and available in abundance. The technology has also been used to manufacturer fly fishing rods.

4 – Moss & the War Effort

Sphagnum Moss evolved around 350 million years ago but it wasn’t until the late 1800′s that by pure accident, a forester discovered its healing properties by pure coincidence when it was used to stem the bleeding following a cut on his arm. Fast forward to the 20th century and in 1916, the children of Britain were out in the countryside on a Sunday, under orders from the War Office to collect as much as possible to assist with the soldiers who were fighting the battles. Although never officially recorded, the Army later acknowledged that with its super levels of absorbency, the death tolls would have indeed been much higher. Recent evidence would suggest that this was in actual fact a re-discovery and was used for centuries as far back as recorded history will reveal.

5 – Grapefruit & the Garden of Eden

Rather astoundingly it would seem, some of the scandals that we see today are not even close to rival those of days long past. In the 18th century, women were warned to avoid eating grapefruit as it was believed to be the “forbidden fruit” from The Garden of Eden.

As I mentioned in the beginning, some of the facts are truly astonishing. Some are hilarious, but all have been written in a wonderful fashion by the author and I would highly recommend getting it; especially if you wanted to see what they used to do with Ginger.