Deep Ellum Urban Gardens Offers Summer Classes on How to Make Your Thumb Green

You could use a little sun. And some dirt under your fingernails. And some fresh air. We're not saying you spend too much time inside, but rather your pastiness just doesn't go well with the wall paint.

Gardening is a great way to make all that happen. The small community garden, Deep Ellum Urban Gardens (DUG) is taking the lead here. They're hosting three classes this summer all designed to help you along in your quest to, well, just be more colorful.

The first class, Organic Bug Management, is on June 15 and will be taught Amanda Vanhoozier and will cover all the basics of how bugs help your garden; how to play bouncer at your garden gate and who to let it and who not to let in.

The second class on July 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. will help you transition your garden from summer to fall, including "seed keeping." Trish Percy, with Grow Your Own project through Grow North Texas, will teach the class. She's a Denton County master Gardener and North Central Texas regional director of the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.

The last class, All Things Fall Gardening, is on August 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. and will be taught by Andrea Bithell of Oak Cliff Organics, who has also maintained the We Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College.

The classes are $10 if you're a DUG member, $25 otherwise. Or bundle and save: three classes are $50 ($20 for DUG members).

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