Growing Organic Vegetable Series


The Growing Organic Vegetable classes run from January through May and are held on a weekday evening. (10 - 2 1/2 hr classes). Register 2019 class series  Please don't let financial constraints keep you from taking our class series, inquire about our discounts and payment plans by contacting our adult education dept.

2019 GOV class schedule and description.


·         The Organic Approach; Ecology; Permaculture Concepts

·         Vegetable Garden Design; Area Climate; Drainage & Raised Beds

·         Ponds, Bogs, Rain Gardens, Swales & Water; Irrigation, Mulches

·         Compost; Soil Food Webs; Organic Fertilizers & Plant Nutrition

·         Ecological Pest Control; Other Organic Pest Controls; Bed Rotation

·         The Gourmet Vegetable Planting Calendar; Vegetable Seeds: Types, Varieties, & Best Sources

·         Growing Organic Transplants; Planting Transplants

·         Cabbage-Mustard Family

·         Organic Tomatoes; Other Tomato Family vegetables

·         Bean & Pea Family; Squash Family; Grain Family; Okra Family; Sweet Potato Family; Mint Family

·         Larger Scale Organic Vegetable Gardening: Allotment Community Gardening

·         Outdoor Classrooms; Donation Community Gardens; Market Gardens & Farms; Assignments

·         Beet Family; Carrot Dill Family; Onion Family; Lettuce-Sunflower Family

·         Optional garden tours will be offered once or twice during the course depending on schedules


Hands-on training is available by joining your local community garden.  You can access our list of community gardens by visiting our Directory of Community Gardens. If you need further assistance or would like to volunteer in a specific garden, contact Lilly DeHaven at 713-880-5540 ext. 1019

CLASSES: Before classes there will be a Q&A session where you can bring up topics related to the last class and the readings. You are welcome to ask questions at break and after class.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: You need to attend 9 classes out of the 10 to be eligible for an "Organic Vegetable Gardening Specialist Certificate." Please see that you check in at each class. If you miss more than one class, and would like to receive your certificate in the current year, you may request to make up the missed class by volunteering at one of our affiliate community gardens or at our farmers market. Contact Lilly DeHaven at at 713-880-5540 X1019 to discuss.

You may make up any missed classes the next year when (and if) the class is offered at no extra charge. Contact us so you can be put on the roster and receive our emails.



>Sat. Mar. 30

Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening (HMNS*)

>Sat. Apr. 13

Edible Landscapes (HMNS*)

>Sat. May 11

Square Foot Gardening (HMNS*)

>Wed. May 29

In the Garden: Summer Vegetable Planting 


*class ticket allows you to tour museum's permanent exhibits


View our CLASSES CALENDAR for additional classes.