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When I was about twelve I showed my mom a special plant from a gardening magazine. The picture showed a beautiful, green plant with succulent, red tomatoes growing above and large, brown potatoes below. I couldn't believe that they could grow tomatoes and potatoes on the same plant.
My mom ordered it for me and I watched the mail every day, eagerly awaiting this wonder of modern horticulture. When it finally arrived I tore into the box, expecting to see something extraordinary. Instead, I found six pieces of potato with a hole in the center of each one and a pack of tomato seeds.
My excitement quickly began to fade and, as I read the instructions, it left me completely. The instructions said to put the potato in the ground, place a seed in the hole that was in the middle of it and then cover it up. If planted this way, the potato and tomato would grow at the same time and in the same place. I was so disappointed that I didn't even try it. I was expecting some new kind of miracle plant, not a trick.
Recently I've started seeing advertisements for the tomato/potato plant once again. They are calling it the TOMTATO. Look it up on the Internet and you will see some incredible pictures. This time, instead of planting a tomato seed inside of a potato they claim it is a tomato plant grafted onto a potato plant. I won't be ordering one, but I can't help but wonder if anyone has tried it.
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I've seen them advertised but have never thought of buying any. It's much cheaper just to get a pack of tomato seeds and a few seed potatoes to do it yourself. An old neighbour of mine has been doing this for years so it's hardly a new thing just a way of the companies making money out of us.