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.
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.
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.