Tomato, Gill’s All Purpose (Organic)

Solanum lycopersicum. 60-70 days. Semi-det.

Good yields of 3” round, 4-5 oz, red fruit with firm texture that are delicious for fresh eating but also good for processing into juice or paste, or canning whole. Gill’s All Purpose makes a good outdoor market farm tomato, grows to 4′ tall and is easy to trellis. As a semi-determinate, it will keep ripening fruit through the end of the season but will not outgrow short trellis systems. Disease resistant plants help keep yields high and dependable. An Oregon heirloom worthy of name recognition by customers at market, like Brandywine or Cherokee Purple. Another treasure from the Gill Brothers Seed Company of Portland, Oregon, released in 1947.

Packet ≈ 30 seeds

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1/2 g ≈ 150-250 seeds

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2 g

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Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil as early as February, but no later than April. Keep warm and well-watered. Up pot seedlings into 4” pots once they have two true leaves. Transplant into the garden once danger of frost has passed.

Seed Saving

Collect seeds from ripe fruit by squeezing into a jar and add 25% more water. Wait a few days for mold to form. When seeds sink and gel-sac is gone, stir, add water, then decant and rinse to clean. Dry thoroughly. Tomatoes are mostly self-pollinating; isolation is not usually needed for seeds to be true to type.

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  1. Christine M.

    “Tomatoes of my childhood “

    Christine M. (verified owner)

    Where did you grow this variety? Northeastern US

    My first year growing tomatoes, and I learned many things! I should have started them earlier, and I do not think the tomatoes left on the vines will turn red at this point, but we got a good yield nonetheless. My partner had grown tomatoes once, and he didn’t find them to taste any better than store bought, so he thought I was wasting my time, but he is one happy camper eating these Gill tomatoes. He even asked me to plant more of this variety next year. He said, “These are the tomatoes of my childhood!”
    Great for tomato sandwiches and salads. Also made a divine tomato sauce. I am buying more seeds now so that I can get an earlier start next year.

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