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More and more city dwellers are interested in urban farming but limited space is a significance hindrance.
A mail order plant company in the UK has started selling a single plant that grows both tomatoes and potatoes at the same time.
Called the TomTato, it can yield over 500 cherry tomatoes while a bunch of tubers suitable for soups, stews, and roasting grows beneath.
Thompson & Morgan, the company that's selling the dual-purpose plant, calls it "a veg plot in a pot".
They also stress that it's not been genetically modified, rather individually and carefully hand grafted.
The grafting that enables the existence of the tomato potato combo has been around for decades.
What makes the TomTato unique is that it's been commercially produced and widely available.
According to the company's horticultural director, that accomplishment has been a long time coming.
It all started about 15 years ago when he saw a potato someone had planted under a tomato plant to be funny.
He started to think about whether or not a plant that would grow both was possible.
Many years of experiments and trials later, it became a reality.