The Deep Ellum Urban Garden Needs You. Clear Your Schedule and Charge Your Drill.

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Deep Ellum Urban Gardens (DUG) is a community-funded garden aimed at providing a little green thumb relief and, eventually, fresh veggies to residents and restaurants around Deep Ellum. Last year they worked hard to raise funds to turn a sedate patch of grass at Canton and Good Latimer into something a little more productive.

The Deep Ellum Community Association (DECA) met most of their fundraising goals for DUG last year and, now, with spring so fashionably early, they are ready to start digging. But first they have to build. Planters, specifically.

So this Saturday, March 31, they'll have their first DUG workday , and they'll need you to join them at 10 a.m. at 2620 Canton with gloves and power drills.

DUG Project leader Kelly Clemons reports via Meetup.com that Dallas Cedar gave them a great price on the materials for the planters and will deliver the wood pre-cut to exact measurements. Now they just need muscle.

Regarding funding of the project, DUG had a rather climatic CrowdTilt campaign last year. And while they weren't able to accrue all the funds they had hoped for, Paula Ramirez with DECA wrote in an email to me through other fundraisers, community help, private donations and companies pitching in with materials, they're close to the initial $25,000 needed.

"We hope DUG will be a legacy we leave behind for future Deep Ellum generations," writes Ramirez. "So, we will continue to need funds. We are working out the details if we should have maintenance fees from gardening membership, or yearly fundraising events."

Keep track of things through the DUG Facebook page, because if you can't make it out to this workday, they'll need your help some other day. Also, you can contact Kelly Clemons with questions at Kelly@deepellumtexas.com.



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8 comments
hydroponics
hydroponics

Wow that is an amazing flower bed! More urban garden should arise from the dust left over these concretes that we hide ourselves inside. People should embrace even indoor gardening as an alternative to outdoor that keeps plants away from dust and pollution and keep our food clean and fresh. Hydroponics fertilizers and nutrients are available to purchase anywhere these days.

Zac
Zac

Awesome, we just built raised beds in our backyard...congratulations guys looks good!

Jean Smith
Jean Smith

If it is maintained properly then they can grow a successful garden.  Seems the soil is not amended properly and the weeds are not cleared deeply. Chances are their that the weeds will grow up again.

Sean Fitzgerald
Sean Fitzgerald

Uh, this is the foundation for a small tool shack, not the garden.  This first, then the fence, then the planters, etc.  

primi timpano
primi timpano

What's the pay?  Is it in $ or square footage?

primi timpano
primi timpano

Worst looking garden I have ever seen.  This is going to be very funny.  I am betting all weeds by August.  Sooner if they don't have a water outlet.

Daily Reader
Daily Reader

For the money they were raising, I hope the garden is bigger than it looks in this picture.

Kelly Clemons
Kelly Clemons

We are using raised beds, and we have been working on this project for a long time, so please try and respect our time and effort when you make comments.

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