Searching For Ramps In The Woodland

Posted by F&S

There is so much buzz these days about true harbingers of spring.  One of those things are ramps, also known as spring onions, wood leeks, and wild garlic.  We seemed to recall having some ramps growing way out in the woodland and went to investigate.

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Perhaps all of you veteran Glue Squad members recall a blog we posted last May about a much anticipated spring wonder.

1 Perhaps all of you veteran Glue Squad members recall a blog we posted last May about a much anticipated spring wonder.

We took you deep in the woods where we found Ryan busy planting something.

2 We took you deep in the woods where we found Ryan busy planting something.

He had a small bushel of ramps, sometimes called wild leeks, that someone was kind enough to share with Martha.  After she enjoyed most of them, Ryan wanted to see how they might grow.

3 He had a small bushel of ramps, sometimes called wild leeks, that someone was kind enough to share with Martha. After she enjoyed most of them, Ryan wanted to see how they might grow.

He planted the remaining ramps in the woodland, in rich loamy soil, where they prefer to grow in the wild.

4 He planted the remaining ramps in the woodland, in rich loamy soil, where they prefer to grow in the wild.

Ryan gave them plenty of water and we all hoped for the best.  With so much other work to be done, the ramps were soon forgotten about.

5 Ryan gave them plenty of water and we all hoped for the best. With so much other work to be done, the ramps were soon forgotten about.

Just shy of one year later, we Frenchies drove out to the woodland to see how the ramps were doing, if they were even growing at all.

6 Just shy of one year later, we Frenchies drove out to the woodland to see how the ramps were doing, if they were even growing at all.

I shook my head in disbelief because right before me were the ramps!  They were thriving and the plantings had spread!

7 I shook my head in disbelief because right before me were the ramps! They were thriving and the plantings had spread!

These wild onions are native to North America and they are quickly snatched up in farmers' markets in the springtime.

8 These wild onions are native to North America and they are quickly snatched up in farmers' markets in the springtime.

Although the root end resembles that of a scallion, the beautiful flat, broad leaves set it apart.

9 Although the root end resembles that of a scallion, the beautiful flat, broad leaves set it apart.

Ramps, with their mild garlic‑onion flavor and can be enjoyed raw, cooked, or pickled. I've even heard of pizza topped with ramps and how people love drinking ramp brine martinis!

10 Ramps, with their mild garlic‑onion flavor and can be enjoyed raw, cooked, or pickled. I've even heard of pizza topped with ramps and how people love drinking ramp brine martinis!

They appear for only a short time in the spring and are considered a delicacy.

11 They appear for only a short time in the spring and are considered a delicacy.

I think we should let these grow for another year before harvesting.  That way they'll have a chance to spread even more.  We'll just keep this location a secret!

12 I think we should let these grow for another year before harvesting. That way they'll have a chance to spread even more. We'll just keep this location a secret!

Furry Fundamentals

Posted by Pia

Spring reminds us that flowers come in many shapes, humans come in many religions and love comes in many species!

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1 "Shalom my Daily Wag friends… and a Happy Passover/Easter to you and yours!" says, Minnow.

2 "Whether your spring festivities have you reading about Elijah (a Jewish Prophet)…"

3 "…Or excitedly looking out for the Easter Bunny…"

4 "…we here at the Wag wish you all the abundance that comes with spring!."

5 "After contemplating life's deeper questions..."

6 "…and the change of seasons..."

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7 …"The Easter Bunny/kitty is yet another reminder that every living soul is precious in his/her own way- and deserves to be celebrated!"

Enjoy the season's festivities and please remember to be responsible and kind to all the chicks and bunnies!

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

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An Important Time In The Vegetable Garden

Posted by F&S

Hey everybody!  We're back and all set to continue the wonderful adventures of Francesca and Sharkey!  I know you all enjoyed seeing GK and we promise to let him blog again real soon.  But for now...

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I think you'll all agree that we've allowed Diplomat GK plenty of face time on The Daily Wag.  Now it's back to the fabulous world of us Frenchies!

1 I think you'll all agree that we've allowed Diplomat GK plenty of face time on The Daily Wag. Now it's back to the fabulous world of us Frenchies!

We're here in the vegetable garden for a very important event.

2 We're here in the vegetable garden for a very important event.

That's right, Sharkey!  Do you see that furrow?

3 That's right, Sharkey! Do you see that furrow?

Ryan made the furrow to plant the peas!

4 Ryan made the furrow to plant the peas!

When planting legume seeds, you first soak them in water overnight.  Then, it's a good idea to treat the seeds with a legume inoculant.

5 When planting legume seeds, you first soak them in water overnight. Then, it's a good idea to treat the seeds with a legume inoculant.

The inoculant contains natural, dry, peat-based cultures of beneficial bacteria for treating legume seeds prior to planting.

6 The inoculant contains natural, dry, peat-based cultures of beneficial bacteria for treating legume seeds prior to planting.

It encourages the formation of high-nitrogen nodules on plant roots for richer soil, bigger plants, and better yields.

7 It encourages the formation of high-nitrogen nodules on plant roots for richer soil, bigger plants, and better yields.

The inoculant is easy to use - just shake or stir it with the seeds right before sowing. Who doesn't want healthier peas?

8 The inoculant is easy to use - just shake or stir it with the seeds right before sowing. Who doesn't want healthier peas?

Ryan plants a different pea on each section of fence keeping the edible pea pods separate from the shelling peas.

9 Ryan plants a different pea on each section of fence keeping the edible pea pods separate from the shelling peas.

Sugar Sprint is one of the earliest maturing varieties, bearing numerous, 3-inch, ultra-sweet snap peas that are virtually stringless!

10 Sugar Sprint is one of the earliest maturing varieties, bearing numerous, 3-inch, ultra-sweet snap peas that are virtually stringless!

The peas are spaced a couple of inches apart and when they sprout, they'll climb up the fence for easy picking.

11 The peas are spaced a couple of inches apart and when they sprout, they'll climb up the fence for easy picking.

Another variety is called Corne De Belier Snow Pea.

12 Another variety is called Corne De Belier Snow Pea.

This is a delicious French snow pea that pre-dates 1860!  Its wonderful, gourmet-flavored, large, flat pods are perfect for steaming, sauteing, and nibbling on fresh from the patch.  Yum!!!

13 This is a delicious French snow pea that pre-dates 1860! Its wonderful, gourmet-flavored, large, flat pods are perfect for steaming, sauteing, and nibbling on fresh from the patch. Yum!!!

After planting all of the peas, Ryan rakes the soil back over to cover them up.

14 After planting all of the peas, Ryan rakes the soil back over to cover them up.

Now all we have to do is wait for about 55 days for the peas to mature, but that seems like such a long time.

15 Now all we have to do is wait for about 55 days for the peas to mature, but that seems like such a long time.