In recent years I’ve noticed more and more grafted vegetable plants appearing in Garden Centres and on the web. Initially I thought this was an expensive fad, but when I found out that commercial organic growers were using grafted plants I thought it was time for me to try them. The aim of grafting tomatoes is to combine a vigorous, disease-resistant rootstock with another variety (the scion) that may not have disease resistance but does have tasty fruit. I suffer with soil borne diseases, if I don’t replace my greenhouse soil the follow on crop of tomatoes is spindly, weak and low yielding, so all the more reason to try them. Ready grafted plants are available in a limited range of varieties, I wanted to grow my preferred tastier types, so that led me to try a DIY approach growing from seed. Also ready grafted plants are quite expensive, another reason to grow them from seed. The big disadvantage of DIY grafting is the extra time taken to learn and apply the techniques. I started January 2012 having watched a few videos on YouTube showing the procedure. It is quite fiddly and a fair amount of dexterity is needed, something I was lacking in. As the rootstock seed is relatively expensive I initially practiced using some surplus seeds. Whilst this helped me develop a technique that suited my banana fingers I also learnt a bit about timing and matching up stem sizes. During March & April I was sowing batches of the actual Arnold F1 rootstock (from Moles Seeds) and different scions and developing my technique.