It's My Park Day

Despite the cloudy cool weather, we had a great afternoon for It’s My Park Day. Farmer Ted brought us three hens (yet to be named). Jen and Karl’s two boys cleaned out the coop, put in fresh dirt, straw and wood chips and welcomed the ladies to their new home. One of them laid an egg while waiting in the crate.

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Welcome to Our New Turtle

Our friend and turtle expert, Richard Ogust, brought back one of Bob’s two cooter turtles after her convalescence from a shell infection. She took to the pond like a (what else?) turtle to water. The other female will join the others soon.

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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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Photos from George Hirose

George is an associate professor of photography at Pratt Institute and is working on a book of photographs of community gardens in the East Village and the Lower Eastside at night. His “Magic Garden” series can be seen here.

He took these back in September, 2015.

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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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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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