Last Organic Outpost at 711 N. Emile St. The Last Organic Outpost was started by “Farmer Joe” Icet in 2001, when dirt
was first brought in and laid down over the cement parking lot of the old Comet Rice Mill, creating topsoil that vegetables and other crops
from around the world are grown in year-round. The site has thrived and expanded with the help of dedicated volunteers, and serves as a
model of how to create a farm in a small urban area. This nonprofit's focus is Fifth Ward, considered a food desert. Skillshare
programs give everyone in the community and beyond an opportunity to come out and learn how to grow crops using organic methods without
pesticides. Volunteers can keep food that they grow here; other crops are sold to visitors, local restaurants and farmer’s markets, with
surplus food given to people in the community. The group also does outreach throughout Houston, with the goal of building a
production-farming local labor force that develops and sustains local natural resources.
October Yard of the Month
819 Pizer Dot and Ray Romaine moved to the Heights
from the southwest corner of Louisiana to be near family and for health reasons. They, with help from their daughter and son-in-law, keep the
garden wonderfully maintained. Amaryllis, roses, agapanthus, and hibiscus are their favorites and they have tried growing them here. They
have achieved limited success with amaryllis and knockout roses and have had more luck with hibiscus. The front yard is filled with seasonal
flowers and many types of shrubs-Sweet Olive being one of their favorites-and a large Magnolia tree. Butterflies have been plentiful for
them this year and their next goal is to try and attract hummingbirds. The front porch is currently decorated for fall and is a great backdrop
for their wonderful garden. We want to thank Joshua’s Garden Center for donating a gift certificate for the October Yard of the Month.
Send nominations for next month's Yard-of-the-Month to us on our contact page.
Latest Gardening Project
Heights Boulevard Entrance Garden
This past May the garden club updated the entrance garden trimming back the lantana, replacing the Mexican Mint Marigold with coral
drift roses, blue salvia and blue daze; and mulching to hold down the inevitable weeds. Hopefully it will make a colorful splash over
the summer. Thank you to Jeb with Landscape Innovations for digging out the mint marigold and to all our volunteers for helping to make
the entrance garden a more welcoming space.