April 21 column

Here is a link to my column in today's edition of The Spokesman-Review: Grow your garden with grafted veggies.

It is about grafted veggie plants -- most specifically grafted tomatoes -- which will be available at next Saturday's WSU/Spokane County Master Gardeners' Plant Sale & Garden Fair.

I grew a grafted tomato plant last year and was astounded by how productive it was. I grew it side by side with a non-grafted tomato of the same variety ('Black Pear') and the difference was incredible. The grafted plant produced just under three times as many tomatoes as the non-grafted one.

The Plant Sale & Garden Fair is next Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the WSU Extension building, 222 N. Havana St., in Spokane. There are more details about the event in a post I did yesterday: Events - Plant Sale & Garden Fair.

In addition to growing some grafted tomatoes in my garden this year, I've also mail-ordered a grafted pepper plant and a grafted eggplant. My eggplants in the past have tended to be a little on the wimpy side so I wanted to see what would happen with a grafted one. I'll keep you posted on how all of the grafted plants do.