Author Archives: Year-Round Food Gardening for Houston and Southeast Texas

Year Round Gardening Press publishes permaculture food gardening books for Houston and Southeast Texas. It was founded in 1986 when the first edition of Year-round Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers for Metro-Houston was published and has issued 12 books since. The latest 2019 book is 511 pages titled Year Round Food Gardening for Houston and Southeast Texas–Growing Organic Vegetables, Fruits, Spices, and Culinary Herbs Using Nature, Ecology, and Permaculture

Vegetable Planting Schedules for Southeast Texas in a Time of Climate Change

How to Revise Your Out-of-Date Planting Schedule

Since 2012 I have been actively trying to explain to gardeners, farmers, landscapers, and garden centers in Southeast Texas the best way to adapt their local planting schedules to the increasingly warmer and more unstable weather patterns we are facing. The online and book literature is not of much help here, but surely there are researchers studying the general problem somewhere. The attached pdf explains the problem as of May 2023 and my best shot at explaining what to do anywhere in Southeast Texas. If you are not there, with a little work of your own, you may perhaps be able to use the ideas and create your own version.

Growing Plants During Southeast Texas Climate Change

A 2022 OHBA-Organic Educators Talk

In March 2022, I participated in the OHBA-Organic Educators Science Day events by giving an illustrated talk on the above subject. This is a complicated topic that could easily be a a long series of talks and interactive conversations lasting weeks or months. I was asked to talk to an audience of 110 mainly professional and amateur growers many of whom do not mainly grow food plants. The attached pdf is what I came up with.

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Category 5 Climate Change Headed Our Way: Prepare Now

In October 2021, I presented a short slide show to For A More Perfect Union about climate change and what can be done about it. The issue of what is likely to happen and how to prepare both individually and as a society is of utmost importance to everyone on this planet since it will impact all of us. As a food systems anthropologist and community organizer I talk on this subject a lot. The topic of our weather and climate and its implications for economics, food supply, housing, infrastructure, and survival is both complex and alarmingly simple. If you have a Cat 5 coming (and you do), prepare quickly. And if you don’t know how to prepare, get busy and study.

Attached is the slide presentation.

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Using Permaculture to Build Foodshed in Houston, TX

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In 2009, I was invited by the Graduate Public Gardens Masters Program of the University of Delaware to talk at the Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania about our community engagement experiences in Houston. The attached pdf is the program I produced. It runs in several parts, the first summarizing what Urban Harvest did as of 2009, then how we created it, and finally some of the permaculture design ideas we used in designing the organization.  For recent Urban Harvest activity see 

The attachment is in powerpoint mainly because my free version of acrobat turns the small pptx file into a giant pdf file.  


Where You Can Buy the Book

Year-Round Food Gardening for Houston and Southeast Texas (2019)

As of November 11, 2021

My 511-page book Year-Round Food Gardening for Houston and Southeast Texas is being sold by locally owned green businesses and non-profits that help people grow food crops. It is not on big data out-of-state sites.

Central Houston

Urban Harvest Farmers’ Market (Buffalo near Westheimer) and Classes

Buchanan’s on 11th street in the Heights

Brazos Bookstore on Bissonnet near Kirby

Southwest Fertilizer on Bissonnet near Renwick. 

West Houston 

Blue Willow Bookshop on Memorial at Dairy-Ashford

North Houston

Wabash Feed and Garden on North Shepherd at Crosstimbers

RCW Nursery on 15809 Tomball Parkway at Beltway 8.

Arbor Gate. 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, Texas 77377 west of 249.

Montgomery County–Conroe/Woodlands

Nature’s Way Resources   I-45 north of The Woodlands.

Southern Harris County/Galveston Bay

Maas Nursery.  5511 Todville Rd, Seabrook.  (by March 1, 2020)

Fort Bend County –Richmond

Enchanted Gardens.  6420 FM 359,Richmond, TX. (by March 1, 2020)

Brazoria County

Moring Star Prairie Plants 21107 Pecan Bend, Damon, TX 77430.

By Mail Order

Brazos Bookstore

Urban Harvest

Green Life Aquaponics.

Blue Willow Bookshop on Memorial at Dairy-Ashford

Glenbrook Ecologic

Some of the vendors listed at the top of the page may also mail books.

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Figs in Southeast Texas

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I presented this talk on Figs to Harris County Master Gardeners in 2012. It was based in part on the extensive work on figs locally by J. Stewart Nagel, Ph.D.

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Food Gardening and Farming During Climate Change in Southeast Texas

In November 2017, I presented two talks about the challenges of growing food in the increasingly wetter and hotter climate of Southeast Texas.  The first was to the Montgomery County Master Gardeners at Texas Agri-Life in Conroe, TX.  It dealt with practical steps you can take to adjust your plant lists and planting schedule to the reality of temperatures this year where you live.

The second was for the Houston chapter of, the Pantsuit Republic, and Rice University Student Climate Club, and dealt with the alarming problems raised by ever increasing temperatures and their effect on anyone’s ability across the planet to grow food plants.  It also dealt with seeming lack of awareness in the climate activists’ networks, agricultural universities,and possible solutions.

This second talk at Rice University  is now a pdf  can be downloaded at the link below.

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