New Turtles Released in the Pond

On a spectacular spring day, the two little red-eared sliders that Lee Brozgol has been fostering for several months were released into the pond. They joined two much older turtles that went in last week. We are expecting more soon from Robert at Social Tees animal shelter on 5th Street.

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Spring in February?

From Lauren Prentiss Hi everyone! Happy spring ?! Here are some pics from my walk in the garden this afternoon. The weather has been so warm it looks like lots of the plants think it’s springtime already. Does anyone know what the orange/red flowered plant is? It’s a bush along the wall of the building.

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Peter Lambert, 1936-2015

We mourn the loss of a true friend: generous, funny, self-effacing, and kind. He had tremendous integrity. Old school. “Bowery Pete” “His father called him Skeezix” From Jane Barrer Co-President of M’Finda Kalunga Community Garden:

“Dear Gardeners:

I am sorry to tell you that we lost our friend and gardener Pete Lambert early this morning. Pete passed away shortly after midnight at Beth Israel.

…We will all miss him.

Rest in peace, Pete.”

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Our Crickets

We’ve been seeing this year a prolific species of crickets hidden in damp dark hidden places in our sheds, tucked between sheets of plywood. I know many people are grossed out by them but I’ve been admiring their beauty and jumping ability and was glad to see this in the NY Times today. They are part of our ecosystem and provide food for birds and mice.

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Lady Bug Release

The latest Ladybug release was a big hit yesterday. Dozens of families and kids joined in the fun, doing arts and crafts, learning about ladybugs and going around the garden releasing hundreds of the tiny insects. Many thanks to Jenifer for organizing the event, and Bud, Oriol and Sam for manning the tables. Click on a thumbnail below to see photos.

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Pond Renewal

José yesterday finished rebuilding the brick path around the turtle pond. Not only was it a lot of hard work, but he also laid it out in a beautiful pattern, finishing it with sand swept between the bricks. A huge improvement!

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