While consulting some of my favourite blogs to try and figure out what to do with my bumper crop of tomatoes, I came across this post on Margaret Roach's blog "A Way to Garden" about saving tomato seeds. As I had sown the last of my purchased seeds earlier this year, I thought I would try saving some of the seeds from my own tomatoes for use next spring.
A couple of years ago, I tried an experiment by saving the seedy glop from a few grocery store tomatoes just to see what would happen, but all I ended up with was a smelly, moldy mess. So I threw it all out and figured it was better just to purchase seed from reputable sources.
Until I happened across Margaret's post and decided to try again. The smelly, moldy mess is actually part of the process, although there is a better way to manage it as you'll see if you check out Margaret's post.
With a little luck some of these seeds will be viable and I'll have some second-generation tomato plants next year. I am particularly excited about the Black Brandywine "Cherry" seeds as the plant appeared in my garden seemingly out of the blue this year. It'll be great if I can grow them again next year. Fingers crossed and we'll see!