Hello UPP participants! In the coming days, please keep an eye on your email as we will be sending you important updates about your UPP tomato plants!
We have had to alter the set up of the plants and we will be going around and doing that at your p-patches over the next week if we haven’t done it already. You will receive an email when it happens explaining the changes and giving you updates on whether or not your p-patch will be receiving a bin with a tuning fork and graduated cylinder.
Thank you all so much for your patience and your hard work! You are all awesome!
On Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, UPP will give away Sungold cherry tomato plants to Seattle P-Patch gardeners who would like to collect data for research on bees and crop yields in the city.
Interested? Follow this link to sign up and reserve your plant! UPP interns will provide research support you as you care for your plant and collect data on your tomatoes at the end of the season. Remember–you get to keep and eat all the tomatoes! We just want your data…
This year, UPP focuses on specific P-Patches in Seattle in order to collect data from gardens that have a wide spectrum of different characteristics. Gardeners from those P-Patches will get first priority for tomato plants. However, if your garden is not on the list below, we will still include you in the study if your P-Patch can recruit a minimum of 10 gardeners who commit to participating!
Bradner Gardens Park
Greetings, gardeners and bee lovers!
Spring has sprung in Seattle, and pollinator activity has surged (despite some cold rainy days). Look for Bombus vosnesenskii (classic black and yellow pattern) and Bombus melanopygus (beautiful dark gold abdomen) queens in your yard and along the street. Check out the Xerces Society’s ID guide on our “Resources for Citizen Scientists” tab above, and learn how to identify these beauties!
We will soon be announcing the tomato giveaway dates and locations for UPP’s third year of citizen science! Stay tuned for more information on how to help us collect data on bee abundance and diversity in Seattle, and the effects of pollinators on tomato yields.
We’re launching a new series of monthly videos about fascinating plants and pollinators from all over the world starring the extremely knowledgeable University of Washington Greenhouse Manager, Doug Ewing!
Episode 1 is up right now and can be found by clicking the link below. Keep an eye on our Facebook account and Youtube channel for the monthly updates!
King Conservation District recently awarded UPP a $13000 grant to continue our work developing educational materials (about pollination, bee conservation, and more) and in working towards understanding how to increase sustainable crop yield with evidence-based conservation of native bees. We are VERY excited to receive this award. Thanks so much to King Conservation District for this incredible opportunity!
A quick update on the project!
- UPP bins (containing a tuning fork, a graduated cylinder, laminated instructions, etc.) have been delivered to almost all UPP locations (in your shed or other agreed-upon location if your location does not have a shed)! The bins have giant UPP tomato/bee stickers on them, so they’re hard to miss! If you do not yet have a UPP bin, if your bin is missing an item, or if you need a replacement for any other UPP supplies (stakes, netting) let us know by filling out this survey!
- We have UW undergraduate interns doing bee observations at many of the UPP locations around the city! If you see them watching your plants, please say hi! And if you have any questions or comments about this, please let us know!
Also, an important thing to remember, now that tomatoes are starting to form and ripen: These Gold Nugget tomatoes will be SMALL/CHERRY AND YELLOW WHEN RIPE! This is how they will look when you need to pick them and start collecting/submitting data on tomato number and volume from ALL of your plants (and also when they will be good to eat!)!
We have just posted two new videos made by our fantastic Undergrad Research Team showing how to put up pollinator exclusion nets (white treatment) and how to use the tuning fork to hand-pollinate the plants (pink treatment)! Check them out under the “Instructional Videos” tab at the top of the page!