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How to grow tomatoes and potatoes on one plant

This article will show you how to grow tomatoes and potatoes on one plant by grafting a tomato plant onto a potato plant. As summer slowly rolls to an end, we often find ourselves with an abundance of tomatos.  Many of the fruit remains green and not fully ripened.  I typically find myself asking, “What can I do different next year to get more fruit for my effort?”

 

It turns out there is an answer:  grafting tomato plants to potatoes.

How to grow tomatoes and potatoes on one plant

Grafted Plant Diagram (click image to see image source)

Over the centuries, smart gardeners and farmers have developed successful methods to use potato root stock to support tomatoes that may not otherwise be well suited to poor soil conditions in your garden.

 

This is a great way to save space in your garden!  You can start your potatoes early in the growing season to let them mature.  Leave some of the potato plants in place and perform the following grafting process to give your tomato plants a head start!

 

The process:

  1. Taking the potato plant (called the “stock”) cut the stem about 1-inch above the ground and split the stem in a V-shape.
  2. At the tomato plant (called a “scion”), cut the stem with at least 6 to 8 inches of length with a straight across cut.  I recommend choosing a tomato plant that has a stem roughly the same diameter as the potato plant rootstock.
  3. Shape the cut end of the tomato plant to a wedge shape so that it will fit into the potato plant stem’s V-shape cut.
  4. Carefully slide the tomato plant stem onto the potato rootstock.
  5. Wrap the graft location with grafting tape in order to hold the two plants together.
  6. The grafting tape needs to remain in place until the tomato plant begins to show new growth.

 

Here is an illustration of the grafting steps described above:

How to grow tomatoes and potatoes on one plant

Grafting Scion Section to Stock (click image to see image source)

Why does this grafting process work?  Tomato plants and potato plants are part of the family of plants called “nightshades”.  Both plants contain alkaloids that help protect the plants from insects (they can even be used to make an organic liquid pest control solution for aphids: Organic Aphid Control)

 

A point of caution, grafting can potentially affect the flavor of the tomato fruit.  Also, grafted plants may yield less fruit than two separate plants grown from seeds.  On the other hand, a major benefit is the grafting process will save you a lot of time and space!

How to grow tomatoes and potatoes on one plant

Tomato-Potato Graft Plant Starts (click image to see image source)

If you end up trying this next year, or plant to grow potatoes in general, we have the perfect garden box for potatoes (and for lots of other things too). We call it TogetherFarm Blocks. This is a modular garden box system made from 100% recycled, food-grade plastic that can be put together in any shape or size. Because it is modular, it is perfect for growing potatoes and tomatoes. Tomatoes will send out roots at any point that the stem is below the  surface of the soil. So, as the plant grows, you can add additional layers onto your modular garden box to give the plant even more strength and fruitfulness. With the potatoes, TogetherFarm Blocks makes it simple at harvest time. Simply pull apart the blocks to be able to get to all the potatoes underground. So cool! We are currently in the last few days of a Kickstarter Campaign to get these blocks to market. If you pledge now, we will ship you a kit at the end of January of next year – just in time for next year’s growing season. Here is a link to TogetherFarm Blocks on Kickstarter as well as a picture of an assembled box. Help us reach our goal and get incredible rewards. Pledge now!

 http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/togetherfarm/turning-plastic-into-produce-togetherfarm-blocks

How to grow tomatoes and potatoes on one plant

TogetherFarm Blocks – an eco-friendly and easy way to build a garden box

 

Happy Gardening,

Matt and the TogetherFarm Produce Evangelists

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Last few days to Pre-order TogetherFarm Blocks on Kickstarter!

Kickstarter Campaign for TogetherFarm Blocks

The TogetherFarm Team has been hard at work the past 4 weeks getting the word out about TogetherFarm Blocks. Our Kickstarter campaign continues to progress towards being fully funded and there’s still time for you to pledge and receive a garden kit of your own. The Kickstarter Campaign will end on September 23rd at about 9pm. So, hurry on over to the TogetherFarm Kickstarter page and make your pledge before it is too late. Be a part of a movement that is empowering more people to grow their own produce. Follow this link to make your pledge now:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/togetherfarm/turning-plastic-into-produce-togetherfarm-blocks

Kickstarter Campaign for TogetherFarm Blocks

We already have over 350 backers of TogetherFarm Blocks on Kickstarter. Each of these people is receiving an incredible reward for their pledge. Here are some quotes from some of our recent fans:

  • “I always try to tell people that if they have a few square feet of sun, they can grow some food. TogetherFarm Blocks will help with that mission.”
  • “What a great product for those of us who are disabled and the ground is just a little too far away.”
  • “I love this idea – it is what I have been looking for, in particular, the fact it does not involve me measuring and cutting my own garden box.”
  • “Love the idea of these blocks and the ease of building raised beds anywhere.”
  • “I have built my own planter boxes before, but it involved a chop saw and lumber. This looked WAY more fun, and right up my alley.”

And the list goes on! People all over are excited about TogetherFarm Blocks. If you haven’t pledged yet, would you consider doing that right now? Here is the link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/togetherfarm/turning-plastic-into-produce-togetherfarm-blocks

Thanks so much for your support!

 

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TogetherFarm Blocks on Blogs

Can Your Garden Box do Tricks

Can Your Garden Box do Tricks?

TogetherFarm Blocks on Blogs:  So our Kickstarter journey is coming to a close this Monday, September 23rd, at 9:00 p.m. EDT.  If you’ve considered donating or upping your pledge, now’s your chance!  If you are considering telling your friends about us, here are some cool blog postings that have taken time to write a few kind words about us and our blocks.  We sincerely appreciate the support from the blogosphere and I strongly encourage you to check these out:

Repair the World

Jumpstart Hunger Projects with Kickstarter and Indiegogo

Together Farm Blocks This Kickstarter Campaign launched by TogetherFarm is raising funds to simple, easy to put together farm boxes and raised beds that anyone can use in their backyard or community garden. Made from recycled materials, they will help make gardening accessible to all.”

http://werepair.org/blog/jumpstart-hunger-projects-with-kickstarter-and-indiegogo/20076

B3dgeable

When LEGOS go green: TogetherFarm Creates Stackable Blocks for Modular ‘Anywhere’ Gardens

“Ever wonder what a LEGO garden would look like? TogetherFarm founders Matt Stormont, Joe Aakre, and Doug Holcomb have set out to recreate what it means to have a backyard garden through the use of LEGO-inspired bio-plastic building blocks. With a retaining wall design that requires few materials to haul and eliminates the need for tools, fasteners, and time, is this the perfect gardening solution for inner-city gardeners, children, and the elderly.”

http://www.b3dgeable.com/2013/08/28/when-legos-go-green-togetherfarm-creates-stackable-blocks-for-modular-anywhere-gardens/

Bubblenews

“Now, if this isn’t just the perfect homeschooling project, I don’t know what is!

“The blocks can be hauled easily, used by just about anyone (including wriggly little boys like mine!), and disassembled quickly if you realize you have planted your garden in the wrong spot. Not that I am short-sighted enough to do something so silly *cough, cough*”

http://www.bubblews.com/news/1039892-build-your-garden-bed-with-legos

shelterrific

plan next year’s garden by supporting togetherfarm on kickstarter!

“They take discarded things like unwanted plastic milk jugs and other plastic waste and turn it into a fun and practical new way to contain your growing plants. The interlocking blocks come in four colors and can snap together to form just about any shape or configuration you can imagine — no tools needed!”

http://www.shelterrific.com/2013/09/03/plan-next-years-garden-by-supporting-togetherfarm-on-kickstarter

Before It’s News

TogetherFarm Creates Stackable Blocks for Modular ‘Anywhere’ Gardens

Perhaps it comes with little surprise that company founders Matt, Joe, and Doug all met in an MBA program in backyard garden-paradise Portland, OR. While attending Concordia University together, the trio hatched their idea over their mutual love for gardening.

http://beforeitsnews.com/science-and-technology/2013/08/when-legos-go-green-togetherfarm-creates-stackable-blocks-for-modular-anywhere-gardens-2632562.html

 

ALEKSANDR TSUKANOV Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

TOGETHERFARM BLOCKS: TURNING PLASTIC INTO PRODUCE

“An American company TogetherFarm consists of three creative and artistic inventors and designers, who are passionate about gardening.”

http://www.aleksandr.us/2013/08/30/togetherfarm-blocks-turning-plastic-into-produce/#.UjkuHxaFc7B

A big thanks to all of the local and regional news stations and other blogs that have reposted our press releases, too!

TogetherFarm-Blocks-in-the-News

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Where Does Food Come From?

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Where does food come from before it gets to the grocery store?  The USDA has strict country of origin labeling (COOL) laws that, “requires retailers … notify their customers with information regarding the source of certain foods.” Effective as of 2005, the law covers just about anything edible including: muscle cut and ground meats (beef, veal, pork, lamb, goat, and chicken); wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish; fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables; peanuts, pecans, and macadamia nuts; and ginseng. Yes, ginseng made the list and is specifically called out.

Cut the tomato off the vine with about an inch of the stem still attached. This helps the tomato ripen better.

Home grown tomato

Although the law covers country of origin, it’s difficult – if not impossible – to tell where within the country the food came from, the conditions in which it was raised, or the handling of that food from origin to table. This is just one of many factors that have fueled local food movements.

The microclimate in your area can affect what grows best in your yard.

The microclimate in your area can affect what grows best in your yard.

If you are interested in learning more, FoodRoutes.org is a great place to start. They point out that in addition to exceptional taste and freshness, buying locally strengthens your local economy, supports endangered family farms, safeguard your family’s health, and protects the environment. And don’t forget the experience factor. Whether you are checking out local farms or growing your own food, you’ll have these memories for a lifetime.

If you want to know where your produce comes from, one of the best ways is to grow it yourself.  Check out our Kickstarter Campaign, where we are raising funds to bring our very first product, TogetherFarm Blocks™, to you.  If you have a small space you can use these blocks to quickly build a custom garden box without tools or carpentry experience.  Check them out!

grow your own produce

Grow your own produce!

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