Home » Garden » Garden Tours » Urban Harvest Home Garden Tour Part I

Urban Harvest Home Garden Tour Part I

It was a real treat last week to visit both Gary Edmondson’s and Dr. Bob Randall’s garden. It was garden tour given for those taking the Organic Vegetable Certification class at Urban Harvest. It started on Saturday at 2:30 PM at the home of Gary Edmondson, who is the Education Director at Urban Harvest. Gary has a sprawling garden in an older residential neighborhood on the south part of Houston, near Stella Link and Loop 610. It was easy to spot while driving up to the home. There was no front lawn. In it’s place were fruit trees and an eclectic mix of informal garden beds.

A street with a lot of plants and trees.
A garden with several plants and a car parked next to it.
A sidewalk lined with plants and trees.

 The front and side of the house that face the street are filled with flowers, fruits and yes even a lettuce patch adjacent to the sidewalk.

Two yellow and red flowers are growing in a field.
Opium poppy flowers in a field with other flowers.
A path in a wooded area.

The backyard is where most of the food production is. Raised beds no more than 8 inches high occupy most of the space. Nothing goes to waste, even the compost bins are made from repurposed commercial refrigerator grates.

A brick wall next to a garden.

Gary explaining how arugula is harvested, bagged and sold at the Urban Harvest farmers market.

A man standing in a garden.
A man standing in a garden.
A bed of greens in a garden.

 Swiss Chard looks so pretty growing in this bed with it’s attractive red stems and large crinkled green leaves.

A tomato garden in a backyard with a fence.

Inexpensive and reusable tomato cages made from reinforced wire used for concrete.

Personally, I prefer to use the Texas Tomato cages which are galvanized and fold up when not in use.  They also make a single-piece version that is 5 feet tall in two diameters (18 in. and 24 in.). I purchased them through a wholesale supplier here in Houston.

Green tomatoes growing on a wire fence.

An old plastic garden stool adds a pop of color and comes in handy when working in these low beds.

A blue stool in a garden.

Gary recycles all of the yard waste in a hodge podge of compost bins.

A large pile of leaves on a fence next to a garden.
A garden with a metal fence and a hose.
A close up of some green leaves in the ground.

Malabar spinach while growing here in Houston in the summer is growing around the base of the circular compost bin.
It is a vine and you can learn more about it here.

Another part of the garden in the back is segregated for the chickens. Gary’s four chickens provide about a dozen eggs per week.

A chicken coop with a chicken in it.
A chicken is standing behind a wire fence.
Two roosters in a cage looking at each other.

Back around to the front of the house, there are more beds, wildflowers, and fruit trees. Some very pretty White Yarrow Achillea millefoliumin full bloom near the driveway, reminds me of Queen Anne’s Lace.

A field of white flowers in a garden.
A red pomegranate is growing on a tree.

Finally, a pomegranate tree is in full bloom.

An orange flower on a branch with green leaves.
A flower with red and white petals on a green leaf.

Pineapple Guava, (Feijoa sellowiana) in bloom.

You can learn more about this fruit here.

Two yellow and red flowers are growing in a field.
A close up of a pink and yellow flower.

Indian Blanket flower Gaillardia pulchella

Pink wildflower that you see along the roadside in spring is Evening primrose Oenothera speciosa Nutt.

A field of pink flowers growing in the grass.

Pretty mock orange blooms in late spring. Philadelphus x virginalis ‘Natchez’

A white flower with a yellow center in a green bush.

Next week, Part II of this tour continues at the home of Dr. Bob Randall, founder of Urban Harvest. Check back.

3 thoughts on “Urban Harvest Home Garden Tour Part I”

  1. ChickDigtheDirt

    I LOVE the way that they surrounded their beds and lined their pathways with those tree trunks- It looks so beautiful! Wow- what an amazing urban garden- that garden inspired me!! Thank you 🙂

  2. Very nice and so rewarding on many levels,makes me yearn to have appreciated growing your own food more when I was growing up.

  3. Amazing! Love his extra large supply of leaves. Your photos are truely lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Comments are closed.

Scroll to Top