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

Retaining Wall Update

Author: lawrence - Published Tue, Apr 30, 2013 06:48 PM - (12516 Reads)
Garden Image Meeting with Green Thumb and HPD very soon to discuss the retaining wall. Hopefully the wall will be completed by the end of May 2013.

Neighborhood Composting

Author: lawrence - Published Sun, Apr 28, 2013 07:59 PM - (13924 Reads)
Creating a compost section We are creating a Neighborhood Composting Section in the Garden.

Neighborhood Composting

Local community composting programs are gaining in popularity all over the state of New York. Communities are diverting food and yard wastes from the waste stream and supplying participants with fresh, local compost! These neighborhood sites are often located in or near community gardens where neighbors gather to grow food and share community.

Check out these programs if you want to learn more: NYCWasteLess Program

Compost Ingredients

Food - A good working compost pile has a mixture of high nitrogen, moist materials called "greens" and drier, carbon-rich materials called "browns".

Greens include food scraps (such as fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, tea bags and old bread), fresh grass clippings, fresh weeds and manure.

Browns include fallen leaves, dry weeds, shredded paper, wood chips and straw. Add greens and browns in layers.
Every time you add food scraps, cover them with browns or with partially degraded materials to deter unwanted creatures from your compost pile or bin.

Microorganisms - Bacteria and fungi do most of the work in a compost pile. They eat the food and turn it into compost. Having enough food, air and moisture will help the microorganisms to thrive.

Air - Compost microorganisms need oxygen! While not necessary, turning (or mixing) the pile twice a month will add more air and speed up breakdown.

Moisture - Composting works best with the right amount of moisture. If the pile is too wet, add some leaves, shredded newspaper or sawdust. If it's too dry, add some water. How do you know if the pile is too dry or too wet? Take a handful of material from the center of the pile and squeeze it. Just a few drops should come out.

Ribes Spicatum

Author: lawrence - Published Sun, Apr 28, 2013 07:50 PM - (14309 Reads)
Currant Tree donated by Albane Sappey Albane Sappey has donated a Northern Red Currant Tree (Ribes Spicatum).

Ribes Spicatum belongs to the Gooseberry Family – Grossulariaceae, This shrub will grow somewhere between 3 to 5 ft. Producing small flowers and fruit. Hopefully will see a few berries in May or June of this year.

Garden Retaining Wall

Author: lawrence - Published Wed, Apr 17, 2013 10:45 PM - (4000 Reads)
Working the retaining wall We have decided to build the retaining with the help from neighbors living on 119th Street. We have $1000 grant from "Love Your Block" which will pay from all the material needed. Hopeful we have be finished by the end of May.

MillionTreeNYC Workshop

Author: lawrence - Published Mon, Apr 08, 2013 12:45 AM - (3616 Reads)

Tree Workshop Image MillionTreesNYC, one of the 132 PlaNYC initiatives, is a citywide, public-private program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City's five boroughs over the next decade. By planting one million trees, New York City can increase its urban forest—our most valuable environmental asset made up of street trees, park trees, and trees on public, private and commercial land—by an astounding 20%, while achieving the many quality-of-life benefits that come with planting trees.

About the Workshop
The workshops last for about 2 hours and consist of two parts. The first part usually will last about 30-40 minutes and is purely educational, where I will teach workshop attendees about the importance of trees, tree care, and why it is such a priority to plant a million more trees throughout the five boroughs. For the remainder of the time, we will go outside and actively steward the two new trees on your block! (We can even venture off to care for trees in surrounding blocks if the group is super excited and willing.) At the end of the workshop if attendees pledge to care for a new tree in their neighborhood, I will give them a free toolkit (collapsible watering bucket, trowel, weeder tool, and cultivator) and a tree care manual with step by step guides to caring for your tree. And everything that you learn can be used and applied in tending to your community sculpture gardens!


Author: lawrence - Published Mon, Mar 04, 2013 01:14 PM - (4727 Reads)


Walter Miller Casa Frela Gallery invites the community to “Grow With Us”. Join Gallery staff in prepping the Walter Miller III Memorial Garden for plantings and art on Saturday, March 16th, 2013, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at the garden on 13 West 119th Street.

Refreshments will be served while we all “dig in” to begin to transform the strip of land entrusted to Founder and Director of Casa Frela Gallery Lawrence Rodriguez, by Green Thumb, into a beautiful Sculpture Garden for the community to enjoy.

Help us build from the ground up while working side-by-side with our neighbors, as we all bring life and art to the garden, which will honor great friend and neighbor, Walter Miller III. Mr. Miller was one of the Founders of the 119th Street Block Association and a 30-year veteran of the New York City Police Force. His love and life-long dedication to 119th Street and the Harlem community will always be remembered as his legacy lives on.

Saturday, March 16th will be the community kick-off date for working – and playing — with us in the garden. Weather permitting, please join us each Saturday after that, to prepare the garden for its July 2013 dedication to Walter Miller III. Neighbors, business and friends have donated funds and effort, and The City of New York has issued a grant to get the project started. The family of Walter Miller III will be donating the plaque.