Thursday, 25 June 2015

My Three Tomtatoes


The interruption to yesterdays blog writing was when the postman brought these to the door.

My three Tomtato plants, ordered from Thompson and Morgan here.  Mine were on special offer at three for £19.99, so a bit of a bargain too.

I've heard that you get a full crop of good tomatoes but not as many potatoes as you would on a single potato plant, but I don't mind that, it's more about the trialing something new for me and with this being my first year back growing our own food on any scale I thought I would treat us  me.


They came with three packs of plant food, I'm not sure I will need this much according to the instructions on the packets, but it's handy to have it in.  I think if they work out it would be a good plant for someone with limited growing space.  So I'll keep you posted on how they do.


While I finished the blog post the Tomtatoes had a rest after their journey, having a nice drink of cold water in the sink.  (Spellcheck hates this new word, and is insistent that they are tomatoes ..... still it knows it now.)



And did you notice three unusual objects in the top right hand corner of the parcel .... they are dog treats.


I started this when Rosy was a pup to discourage her from running up the farm track after any delivery van as it drove off, by making out the parcels always had something for her as well as me in them she was eager to dash back into the house while I opened them.  She actually watches me now get the treats out of the packet they are kept in and drop them in the parcel .... but she still plays along with the game :-)

Suky's face just says it all doesn't it ..... "Mum why are you photographing the treats when we usually just get to eat them?"

Sue xx

17 comments:

  1. Love the parcel doggie treat trick. I saw the article on look east last year about the research and production of this plant. Looking forward to the updates.

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  2. They look interesting! I look forward to seeing how well they do, and how many potatoes you get from them. Don't think it's something we'd be interested in though, but I guess they'd be useful for people who don't have a lot of space.

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  3. Oh, Rosie's little face, it is a picture!!!!!!!!!!!! Love Andie xxx

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  4. It would have been helpful if I had got the dog's name right, I meant Suky's face. Doh !! Andie x

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    1. No problem .... everyone gets their names wrong and if they get them right they misspell them ;-)

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  5. Not sure about the old tomtato, I thought it looked a bit of a gimmick although I'm willing to be proved wrong! I've read that some professional potato breeders do the graft yhe other way around to get potato seeds much quicker if they're trying to create a new variety.
    I was grafting some tomatoes yesterday aa a bit of an experiment but more on that another time!

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    1. I was more interested because they are supposed to be very blight resistant, I'll give it a go this year.

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  6. Tomtato! I love it! Can't wait to see how they come along! Where do they grow? In the ground? Greenhouse? Pot?

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    1. Yes, yes and yes ... according to what I've read you can plant them in the ground, in a sheltered place, in the greenhouse, in polytunnels and in large pots. They say in 40 litres of compost, so I guess that's a pretty large pot. I intend to experiment a bit, one near the house in a big growing bag I've found in the shed, one in a tall container outside the polytunnel and one in a big pot in the polytunnel, it will be interesting to see which one does best.

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  7. I will look forward to seeing how many you can get, please let us know, good idea with the dog treats x

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  8. Best of luck with your growing experiment...Love the dog treat trick!

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  9. *sings* You say tomato,and I say Tomtato"
    Love the doggy treat idea!
    Jane x

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  10. Double-duty plants! How nice! Hope you get a good crop of both!

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  11. I've read about these but the thing that puzzles me is how do you get the spuds up without killing the tomato plant?

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  12. I think I commented and somehow it ended up at mine !!!?

    Very interesting plant & great dog training sue xx

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  13. Wow, I've heard of these plants a few weeks ago. I'm looking forward for updates on how it grows!

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  14. Wow, what an interesting concept! I'll be interested to see how they do with you Sue, love the dog treat / training idea, brilliant :)

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