January 2015: Spring Seeds and Bok Choy!

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Karen’s Corner: Notes from our founder


Happy New Year to all of you! I find that I enjoy the ‘calm’ that January brings after the craziness of the holiday season. The constant hum of Christmas carols has faded into quiet reflection. It’s a time of new beginnings and to start thinking about healthy habits for the upcoming year. I don’t know about you, but dreaming of my spring and summer garden always get me inspired. Good food translates to good health. Will I make time to get into the garden once a week? Will I try that new variety of cauliflower? Will I make a commitment to sustainable and organic? They say it takes 30 days to form a habit. What healthy habits will you choose for 2015?
good growing to you ~ KC

In The Garden

Angie's Edible Garde

We have been working in Angie’s garden since the very beginning and it has been so much fun to see the transformation. Not only throughout the seasons, but throughout the years. Angie’s patch of paradise has certainly paved the way for more beautiful and productive front yard gardens – we wish more ‘lawns’ looked like hers!

Angie's Edible Garden 2

What’s Sprouting

Orchard Pruning

We are wrapping up our Comprehensive Orchard Care this month and are pleased at how this aspect of our business continues to grow. We treat trees with a preventative fungal spray, prune for size and shape, and send encouraging thoughts of love and growth for good measure. Dormant trees need attention too and we are anxious to see the fruits of our labor!

Empty Raised Bed

2015 is going to be an exciting year of growth here at UP. We have an amazing project that has been in the works for the past year and we have finally broken ground. We can’t wait to be able to finally spill the beans and share the details soon! Please stay tuned!

What’s Fresh

Bok choy has been cultivated by humans for over 1,500 years. Also known as pak choi, pak choy, joi choy, and a variety of other names, it is actually a Chinese cabbage that does not form a head. This member of the brassica family is high in vitamins A, C, and K. One cup of bok choy has only 9 calories, yet delivers protein, dietary fiber, and almost all the essential vitamins and minerals. It is extremely versatile in the kitchen as it can be added to stir fries, soups, curries, and eaten raw. Bonus: this fast growing winter green is ready for harvest in just 30 – 45 days! Try it in a Green Vegetable Curry, Wok-Seared, or get really adventurous and make your own Bok Choy Kimchee.

Helpful Tips

Winter solstice has passed and the days are getting longer – which means spring is right around the corner! Seed catalogues have started arriving and are certainly adding a dreamy quality to our dark, ‘wintery’ days. We are really excited to see all of the new varieties and can’t wait to try some of them in your gardens. We like the folks over at Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Botanical Interests, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Territorial Seed Company, and Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply. Don’t forget that some of these companies also have a great selection of bare root fruit trees as well!

Our farmers have been finding loads of Anise Swallowtail and Monarch caterpillars hidden among the veggies lately. Anise Swallowtails feed on members of the Apiaceae family, or carrot family which includes fennel and dill. Monarchs feed on members of the Asclepias, or milkweed genus. It’s always a delicate balance of nature versus food, but we generally leave these beauties be and share our gardens with the butterflies.