HUG’s Mission & Purpose

The purpose of HUG is to fully support Houstonians growing their own food and eating more fresh local produce. We do this with timely presentations at monthly meetings, an informative website (, a free, content-packed monthly e-newsletter, a Twitter and Facebook page, and a yearly home garden visitation event. To foster neighborhood interactions at every […]


Donations Houston Urban Gardeners (HUG) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are proud to be inclusive and open to the public. Our meetings are free; you don’t have to be a member. At our meetings, members share snacks, drinks, and items for door prizes.  Of course, our fun and information-packed e-newsletter is also totally free. […]

Houston Vegetable Gardening 101

This is short list of tips for those new to growing in our area. Most of this work-in-progress is from the top of my head, so includes resources I am most familiar with. Apologies to those I’ve left off. Soil Raised BedsBecause most of us have clay soil, most of us build raised beds. This […]

High Yield in Small Spaces 

Carol Burton, Urban Harvest’s Director of Garden Education, shared tips for success for intensive gardening.  See a PDF of her slide presentation and the text from our Zoom chat. I’m always looking for people to talk about intercropping and intensive planting methods to make better use of space and for benefits such as nutrients, microclimates, […]

Preparing & Preserving the Pat Greer Way!

Pat Greer's Kitchen featured speaker for Houston Urban Gardeners

Pat Greer specializes in healthy raw vegan food. She sells prepared foods in her shop and at farmer’s markets, caters and years ago, founded Houston’s Oldest Organic Food Co-op–Central City Co-op. Pat makes a variety of fruit, nut & veggie-based cookie and cracker alternatives using a food processor and food-dehydrator.  She shared tips on how […]

Transitioning to Sustainability

On October 12 – Transition Houston will talk about our efforts in transitioning to a sustainable local economy and lifestyle. And about our favorite activity, which we call Permablitzes. This is getting together to spend a half day at a members home installing or maintaining vegetable gardens, plant fruit trees, build compost systems and rainwater […]

Houston Resources

Resources in the Houston Area Plant sales, planting charts & other gardening advice: Urban HarvestTX Agrilife Extension ServiceHarris County Master Gardeners  For high quality soil in bulk amounts, go to Nature’s Way in Conroe, and by the way, their composting facility offers a tour that visitors say is fascinating.  You can also find it in bags […]

Food Forests & Fruit Tree Guilds with Mickey Kleinhenz

Monday at the West Gray Multiservice Center. Mickey Kleinhenz will share his thoughts on, and experience with fruit tree guilds and perennial polyculture from his dryland forest garden “Inwood Eden”. You can check out the garden on Facebook and YouTube. This is a tour of the garden this April. The program will begin at 6:30. […]

Hugelkultur Mounds with Glenn Miracle

For Earth Month:  Local Regenerative Farmer, Glen Miracle of Laughing Frog Farm, will tell us about his method of growing vegetables in Hugelkultur mounds, a Permaculture method which minimizes water needs and helps him survive drought and flood. Monday at the West Gray Multiservice Center. The program will begin at 6:30. Bring food to share, […]

Cuttings & Propagation

Mickey Kleinhenz taught us about propagating from cuttings to scavenge, multiply & share plants with our friends & neighbors.  I hope everyone is enjoying their native Turks Cap. Mine are leafing out a bit, so, success! A few key takeaways: some things root from the cut end, some root from a node. Have a little […]

Planning Your Fall Garden & Hope Farms

Time to plan, shop & in some cases, start seeds. If you want broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage & other slow growers by Thanksgiving, you have to start the seeds in summer so they’ll grow while the days are long. And if you want fall tomatoes, peppers, squash, etc, now is the time to start them […]

Permaculture & Texas Edible Landscapes

Permaculture for urban landscapes with Josh Reynolds of Texas Edible Landscapes. We will discuss the 3 ethics and 12 principles of Permaculture as well as some techniques that can be used in the urban landscape. The program will begin at 6:30. Bring food to share, and items for door prizes ( plants, garden & food-related […]