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BBC Gardeners World Live 2014

BBC Gardeners World Live 2014

This month we visited the BBC Gardeners World Live show at The Nec in Birmingham. The show had many facinating products and ideas – here one that happened to catch our eye.


The TomTato

On sale: Thompson & Morgan worker Michael Perry with the TomTato plant sold by his company

Thompson and Morgan Ltd exhibited at this years Gardeners World Live show, they had something rather intriging – they have developed a tomato plant that also grows potatoes!

Thompson and Morgan said the plants were not genetically modified.

Guy Barter, of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), said it was looking at the plant with “real interest”.

Mr Barter said many of these plants – created by a technique known as grafting – had been created before but taste had previously been a problem.

“We’re looking at it with real interest because Thompson and Morgan are a really reputable firm with a lot to lose, but I wouldn’t rule out that it could be a very valuable plant to them,” said Mr Barter, who is a contributor to BBC Gardener’s World.

“Many people don’t have that much space in their gardens and I imagine this sort of product would appeal to them.”

I bought two for myself and I shall see if they really work! Fingers crossed!


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