Casa Frela Garden and Apiary

13 West 119th Street, between Lenox and 5th Ave

Open daily from 12pm to 4pm

Partnering with MIllionTreeNYC, GreenThumb, The Butterfly Project and Tree Giveaways

BEE HIVES – 5/10/14

Author: webmaster - Published Sun, May 11, 2014 10:29 PM - (3515 Reads)
Gary was able to pick up the hives from Frenchtown after 4pm, even though it rained on Saturday.
Gary, Shayne, Sue and over 20,000 bees had a successful and fun day. They introduced the hives to their new homes in the garden and it was a good day had by all!

From the Garden

Author: - Published Wed, May 07, 2014 11:03 AM - (5131 Reads)

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (bleeding heart) "Dutchman's breeches", "lyre flower" and "lady-in-a-bath"
is a species of flowering plant in the poppy family Papaveraceae, native to Siberia, northern China, Korea and Japan. It is the sole species in the monotypic genus Lamprocapnos, but is still widely referenced in the UK under its old name Dicentra spectabilis (now listed as a synonym). It is valued in gardens and in floristry for its heart-shaped pink and white flowers, borne in spring.

First plants specimens were introduced into England in the 1840s from Japan by the Scottish botanist and plant hunter Robert Fortune.

There is also a legend from Japan which tells a story of how the bleeding heart flower came to be. In the story, a young man tried to win the love of a young lady. He did this by giving a pair of rabbits (which are the first two petals of the flower), a pair of slippers (which are the next two petals of the flower), and finally a pair of earrings (which are the last two petals of the flower) to the girl. She continued to reject his affections, and, heart-broken, he pierced his heart with his sword (the middle part of the flower) which caused the bleeding heart.

Beehive Update 5/7/14

Author: - Published Wed, May 07, 2014 10:58 AM - (2149 Reads)
We installed our 1st hive (Langstroth-hive class) in the garden this morning.
Named for their inventor, Rev. Lorenzo Langstroth, Langstroth hives are not the only hives of this style, but the most common. Langstroth patented his design in 1860 originally for comb honey production; it has become the standard style hive for 75% of the world's beekeepers. This class of hives includes other styles, which differ mainly in the size and number of frames used.

A beehive is an enclosed structure in which some honey bee species of the subgenus Apis live and raise their young. Natural beehives are naturally occurring structures occupied by honeybee colonies, such as hollowed-out trees, while domesticated honeybees live in man-made beehives, often in an apiary. These man-made structures are typically referred to as "beehives". Several species of Apis live in hives, but only the western honey bee (Apis mellifera) and the eastern honey bee (Apis cerana) are domesticated by humans.

The beehive's internal structure is a densely packed group of hexagonal cells made of beeswax, called a honeycomb. The bees use the cells to store food (honey and pollen) and to house the "brood" (eggs, larvae, and pupae).

Artificial beehives serve several purposes: production of honey, pollination of nearby crops, housing supply bees for apitherapy treatment, as safe havens for bees in an attempt to mitigate the effects of colony collapse disorder, and to keep bees as pets.

Beehive Workshop by Gary Pelton
Saturday, May 10, 2014
3pm to 5pm
13 West 119th Street
Free and open to public

Exciting News for 119th Street!

Author: lawrence - Published Wed, May 07, 2014 10:57 AM - (1623 Reads)
We have been approved by the NYC compost Project Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling City of New York Department of Sanitation - DSNY compost and mulch at Build It Green – NYC today!
We will receive compost and mulch for all the trees on 119th Street, between Lenox and 5th Ave. A big “THANK YOU” to Build It green NYC for your support!

Here’s a few before photos.

We are caring for our NYC’s street trees!

Oh Beehave!

Author: - Published Wed, May 07, 2014 10:56 AM - (4327 Reads)
I had a very exciting day at the “WEEKEND WALKABOUT BEE INSPECTIONS” with Peter Borst held at St. John Cantius at 476 New Jersey Ave., located in Brooklyn.
Today we saw at least six hives in a series of gardens in the area. Our schedule evolved as we walked in the gardens.

Today’s topics addressed: basic inspection technique and record keeping, seasonal concerns, splits and swarm prevention, Queen Mating Test Program!

The bee packages were received on April 5 and they appear to be doing very well. Quite a lot of time was spent Saturday at the Barclay site watching new bees emerging from their cells, observing eggs and brood in various stages of development and several of the queens were pointed out. Most of the hives are already producing drone brood, which Peter tells us is a sign that they are feeling prosperous.

Peter showed us an interesting diagnostic for estimating the level of population of varroa mites in a hive: since varroa mites prefer to lay their eggs in drone brood, by opening three or four drone brood cells and inspecting the larvae to determine whether there is any varroa inside, you can get a sense of whether the mites have got a foothold in the hive. He did this in several of the hives, and we saw no varroa.

Sponsored by New York Beekeepers Association - 2014 Season

New Yorkers For Parks

Author: lawrence - Published Wed, May 07, 2014 10:53 AM - (1559 Reads)
Planting daffodil bulbs in the fall: Bulb Brigade volunteers will be matched with community groups that contact NY4P for help planting their Daffodil Project bulbs.
Distributing bulbs in the fall: NY4P sponsors distribution days in each of the five boroughs in the fall, during which anyone who has pre-registered for free bulbs can pick up their orders. Bulb Brigade volunteers are needed to bag and distribute bulbs and collect registrants’ information.

Distribution days are great opportunities to meet park and neighborhood advocates from around the city and help us spread the word about the Daffodil Project and NY4P’s broader advocacy mission.

Cleaning up blooming sites in the spring: Each spring, NY4P works with select “friends of parks” and other community groups to weed and clean up daffodil planting sites and often needs volunteers to help with these efforts.
If you’d like to get directly involved in the Daffodil Project this year, please fill out our Brigadier application form HERE.

For more information, or if you are a community group who received Daffodil Project bulbs and would like to request the help of the Bulb Brigade, please contact Emily Walker, Community Outreach and Events Coordinator, at 212-838-9410 ext. 314 or ewalker at

Garden Update 4/26/2014

Author: lawrence - Published Wed, May 07, 2014 10:52 AM - (2656 Reads)
Plant Start Giveaway sponsored by GreenThumb.
Today we received 24 free vegetable transplants at the Hattie Carthan Community Garden located at 654 Lafayette ave in Brooklyn.

Here's a few photos from today. We planted a few of the veggies in pots this afternoon.

Thank you GreenThumb!

TreeLC Truck Event scheduled for Sat, June 14th, 2014 at 9AM

Author: lawrence - Published Wed, May 07, 2014 10:51 AM - (1379 Reads)
See at y'all at the garden (13 West 119th Street, between Lenox and 5th Ave.
What is the TreeLC Truck? Think of it as a traveling toolkit of supplies and mulch for your next tree care event on your block. The TreeLC Truck is a Parks vehicle that can provide mulch, trowels, weeder tools, cultivators, hoses, buckets, gloves, and a hydrant wrench. The Parks employee driving the TreeLC Truck will provide direction and advice throughout your event, and will answer any questions. Once the tree care work is completed for the day, the Truck driver will load up all tools and supplies.

Starting Seeds Indoors Workshop/ Comensando sus Semillas

Author: lawrence - Published Wed, May 07, 2014 10:50 AM - (1868 Reads)
Adentro at the Garden of Life and Health in the Bronx
We learned the basics of seed starting and find the answers to: When to start seeds indoors, which seeds should we start indoors, and what do they need to thrive indoors?

This was a Bilingual English/Spanish workshops.

Garden Update - 4/12/14

Author: lawrence - Published Wed, May 07, 2014 10:49 AM - (1874 Reads)
Working with Kids in Community Gardens with Lillian Reyes, of GreenThumb in the Bronx.
Navigate the fun, but often challenging world of working with kids in the garden. Reviewing proper garden behavior and stewardship practices with hands-on demonstrations. Also offering strategies that will allow participates to get work done in the garden while still executing a successful lesson plan. We received a bunch of free tools and a wheelbarrow for kids!