Brentwood Urban Farm: A Sustainable Homestead in the City of Los Angeles
Owned and operated by green farmers: Emily Richards and John Nogawski. Learn more here.
Just because you live in a city, that doesn’t mean you can’t homestead. Such is the case for this organic urban farm. Brentwood Urban Farm is located in the heart of Los Angeles with a focus on water-preservation, organic ingredients, and building a green community. We will be filming with them all season long, stick with us and watch as Brentwood Urban Farms grows their organic garden and helps improve the community! Along the way we’ll also pick up many more sustainable tips. But what are you waiting for? Keep reading to get started on how to prune tomatoes.
Watch this video and learn how to prune tomatoes!
Urban farmer John teaches us how to prune tomatoes, and other tips for getting beautiful tomatoes all summer long. Keep reading for more!
Follow along as John shows us how to prune tomatoes so you can keep your harvest going all summer long.
Green Tip #1 – To Sun Or Not To Sun?
While most gardening resources will recommend planting tomatoes in full sun, this may not be the best option in your climate. If you live in a hot, dry climate, like Texas or Southern California, your tomatoes may be happier with a little shade.
Green Tip #2 – Don’t Step On A Crack!
Cracking is one of the most common problems gardeners have with their tomatoes. When tomato plants get an inconsistent amount of water, alternating between very wet and very dry, they grow too fast for the skin to keep up, causing cracks. To prevent this, make sure your plants are getting a consistent amount of water, and don’t water when you get rain. Drip irrigation is a great way to manage how much water your tomatoes get!
Green Tip #3 – Chill Out!
Did you know you don’t need to refrigerate tomatoes? In fact, keeping them in the fridge can make them bland and mealy. While they’ll last a bit longer in the fridge, when you grow them yourself you want to make sure your tomatoes are as flavorful as possible when you eat them.
Stay tuned for more of Urban Farmer’s, Emily and Farmer John’s green ideas, and sustainability tips & tricks. Follow along as they dive deeper into the homesteading world. These urban farmers are up to some amazing lifestyle changes in the Los Angeles Community, and we want to share it with you so you can reinvent your world and take your part in making the planet a greener place!
In a previous episode: watch as John takes store-bought onion scraps and turns them into a fresh crop of homegrown onions!
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Originally posted on November 8, 2015 @ 1:00 AM