Gardening pro talks about growing food in hot climates

Posted on Jun 5 2020 - 5:00am by UOG

Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer

Nicole Johnsey Burke had lived and gardened in many places where her plants would just shut down in the winter. When she moved to Houston in 2013, she started growing that fall and was stunned at how abundant her harvests of greens were. She pulled from her boxes every day and didn’t buy salad from the grocery store for six months.

When she told friends and neighbors of her lettuce successes, they looked at her like she was crazy. Nothing grows here in Houston, they said, it’s too hot, it’s too humid, and the soil is terrible.


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