Friday 20th June 2014 – Tomtatoes!

Yes I know that it looks like a typo, but it isn’t. So let me explain. I saw these plants in Thompson and Morgan at the beginning of the season, and thought what a strange combination. You have tomatoes on the top and potatoes on the bottom. Now every bone in my body is going “No!!! This just isn’t right!” As gardeners we know that tomatoes and potatoes should be kept as far away from each other as possible because they can give each other blight. So how can this work? The answer, I really don’t know, but I’m curious. Now I didn’t buy any at the beginning of the season, because to be honest, I thought they were too expensive. But, when I went to the NEC last week, they were selling them for £1 each or 5 plants for £4. So I really couldn’t say no. Thompson and Morgan had loads left over, so they were selling them off cheap to get rid of them. I’ll let you know how they get on, but today I planted 4 on the allotment and will have one growing at home, just incase something goes wrong with one set. I’m just as curious to see how they get on as you are. If you have grown them this year, let me know how yours are growing. Also I weeded another couple of beds, so now that’s three quarters of my area perfect and done, just the final quarter to go, which hopefully I’ll get done by the end of next week. I also picked loads more strawberries, so I’ll be making more jam this weekend. Hope you will all have a great weekend, the weather looks very good, so I hope you get lots of sun and enjoy yourselves in the garden…I know I will.

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5 Responses to Friday 20th June 2014 – Tomtatoes!

  1. Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    lovely post Claire I look forward to seeing how they do have a blessed evening

  2. Ian Wilson says:

    A strange combination indeed, Looking forward to read about your results with ‘Tomtatoes’. They obviously work or Thomson and Morgan wouldn’t sell them. It’s a question of how well they grow and taste. (PS: Great blog! Have a great weekend)

  3. Paul says:

    It may seem strange, but the reason it’s possible is exactly the reason you should keep them apart. Both are susceptible to blight as they’re from the same plant family (solanaceae – as are peppers and deadly nightshade, and a whole host of other veg plants). Therefore they’re relatively compatible, so much so that they get the same disease.

    • They’re growing well so far. I even have some flowers already on the tomato part of the plant. I have no idea what is going on underneath the soil on the potato part. Hopefully they’ll do well, only time will tell.

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