A ancient trick to seperate gardeners from their money occurs every ten years
or so/ along with the tree tomato which isn't a tomato at all. A short season
tomato usually Sub-Arctic is grafted onto a Red Norland potato vine. It works
but is strictly a novelty item. Last ones I saw advertised were from Spring
Hill. Perodically the Sunday supplements are full of them. It is also possible
to plant tomatoes among the potatoes but it is less efficient than planting
seperately. Each plant needs it space and the growing seasons overlap to the
point that you can't double up on the plants
I read something along those lines in a recently published book. It
suggested that a surefire way to grow hard to root roses and other
shrubs was to make a hole in a potato, insert the cutting, and plant it
the package. I tried it with a rose. The rose didn't survive, but at
least I have a nice potato plant.
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They actually moved the tiny seedlings into one-inch holes cut in the
potatoes which were set on a tray of soil,then transplanted the entire
thing into the ground later.
That was kind of my thought since they would be competing for nutrients in
the same soil.
I was wondering how the harvest would go. Right now, most of my potato
plants are as high as the smaller tomato plants. The potato leaves would
certainly interfere with the ripening and picking of the lower tomatoes.
The book was written in 1969 and is from Rodale Press (Organic Gardening).
I've not read through the entire thing, but have noticed some good ideas
and some that my experience tells me are not-so-good, to put it kindly.
Thank you for the comments. I might try a couple next spring just out of
curiosity, depending on how willing I am to sacrifice that growing area to
a nut thing.<g>
Winng, I am so sorry, both for the loss of your future rose but for
laughing which I did when I read your message. I absolutely love your
optimism and view on life!!!
Before the death of my youngest son, I always said there is good in
everything . . . if the puppy ran away from home, at least it was before
it was housebroken. <g> I remember picking up my grandmother to visit us
the day before my husband's September birthday. She had planned to bring
home-grown strawberries for his favorite, strawberry shortcake, but forgot
to get them out of the freezer. About 40 miles into the 130-mile return
trip to our house, she said, "Oh no, I forgot David's strawberries!" So
she wouldn't feel bad (and I didn't want to drive back to get them), I
said, "Well, that's okay, now I won't have to bake shortcake in this heat.
If he has store-bought berries, he can have store-bought shortcake also."
Truthfully, you now have a nice potato plant and will have for many years
in the future if my garden is any indication! If I've learned nothing
else from my garden, it is that once a potato spot, always a potato spot.
No matter how well I think I've dug in the fall, winter and early spring,
there are still 'taters coming up. Right now, in July, I have new potato
sprouts poking their little heads through all over my garden which was
rototilled with a tractor this year. Some will stay where they are, some
are transplanted and some go to the chickens.
Enjoy your potato plant. I wish you much luck with the next rose. It
never worked for me, but my grandfather would put a rose bud upside down
in the soil under a fruit jar and kept it moist for a rose start. YMMV,
but the skill was definitely not inherited by his eldest granddaughter,
drat it all.
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