Have You Had Your Share of Ramps?

Posted by F&S

We Frenchies found Ryan way out in the woodland planting a little spring wonder.  Here's a little lesson in ramps.

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Hi there, Ryan!  Why are you deep in the woods planting?  What is it that you have in the bushel basket?

1 Hi there, Ryan! Why are you deep in the woods planting? What is it that you have in the bushel basket?

Oh, I know what those are!  They're ramps, sometimes called wild leeks.  These wild onions are native to North America.

2 Oh, I know what those are! They're ramps, sometimes called wild leeks. These wild onions are native to North America.

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

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

Ryan, did you say that someone dropped off that bushel basket for Martha to enjoy?  How nice of them!

4 Ryan, did you say that someone dropped off that bushel basket for Martha to enjoy? How nice of them!

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!

5 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.

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

Ramps like to grow in rich, moist, deciduous forests and it looks like you've found the perfect place.

7 Ramps like to grow in rich, moist, deciduous forests and it looks like you've found the perfect place.

Should you have access to a wild patch, use a soil knife to harvest no more than 15 percent of the plants in any given year, to ensure a generous crop will grow the following spring.

8 Should you have access to a wild patch, use a soil knife to harvest no more than 15 percent of the plants in any given year, to ensure a generous crop will grow the following spring.

Ryan, you even brought water for the ramps.  You certainly are a good gardener.

9 Ryan, you even brought water for the ramps. You certainly are a good gardener.

Francesca, I can't wait until next spring to check on this secret ramp thicket.

10 Francesca, I can't wait until next spring to check on this secret ramp thicket.

Francesca, don't I look adorable sitting in this lush woodland?

11 Francesca, don't I look adorable sitting in this lush woodland?

Come to think of it, you do too!

12 Come to think of it, you do too!

Comments (14)

  • ..wow..ramps..never heard of them..thanks for the info..and yes, you are cute little doggies...you glue squaders are the best..you make my pal, Lucinda, feel better every day!...we ferals are an interesting bunch, we like to trail along behind Lucinda when she goes for a walk around the farm/ranch..she can only touch one of us briefly..and that would be Will Feral, Jr.,..can you believe she named us all and checks everyday to make sure we are all accounted for at our little feeding stations..think I hear a mouse calling me..later, over and out, Black Mama

  • Agreed, you both look adorable in the sea of greenery..

    Nice info on ramps, however I thought you were going on a construction site and show how 'ramps' are installed! :)

    Ramp it up! :)

    gail

  • Ahhhhhhhhh, that last picture is ADORABLE. GK should have been laying down with just his head sticking out so you would all be about the same height in the picture. I would frame that. Just so cute. When you said ramp, I thought you meant a ramp like they use at dog shows or the ramps people use to get their big dogs in and out of their vehicle. I never thought it would be something that is planted. I gotta go. Guy is here to work on kennel. But it is nice and cool so I think I will go lay on the deck and pretend I am sleeping so no one bothers me to do any work. Hehehehehehe
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    It’s good to be back online. My internet provider was down yesterday and did I miss you guys. Back up and running again today. Now I was just thinking. Why do they say that things are running when they aren’t even moving? The computer is running and hasn’t moved from it’s spot in over a year now. When the truck is running, we are moving down the highway. Go figure humans and their language. Speaking of running, I have to run now. That means that I will be leaving and going outside for a while before it gets too hot.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Good Morning F & S

    I hope you both got checked for ticks after running around in the woods. Mom found one on T-Bone already, I think it is going to be a bad year for those little buggers. T-Bone loves to lay on top of the hostas under the trees he would really love all the green at your farm.

    Another dreary day here in New Jersey. I sure do hope the sun comes back for the weekend. Mom is playing in a tournament Saturday and Sunday and we are having a BBQ on Monday. All the kids will be in the pool - lots of snacks for me ;)

    Zoe

  • Morning Girls, Ryan & Glue Squad Buddies, You girls learn so much watching Ryan and explaining to all of us the correct process for planting. Thanks for all the info & bet it will be a great harvest of ramps next year. Ruby, you must be soooo excited to get your pool, it looks like so much fun, and just think of how cool you will stay in the hot weather. :) Where is everyone this morning, sleeping late??? Will check back later.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Good morning ladies!
    Oh, my all I can say is what a couple of cutie patooties! My little woodland nymphs..........
    Wow, ramps! Mimi would love to get her hands on some of those.
    Hi Black Mama, ya know, my Mimi's Mom had feral cats at her house. She named them all and would catch them & take them to the vets to be fixed. Mimi said there was one named Buddy. He was the only one she could pet. One day Grandmimi saw Buddy walking up the road, she called to him. He turned, looked at her, meowed and moved on down the road never to be seen again. Kinda sad. The cats did help Grandmimi keep her house clear of mice & bugs, though. See, she lived in a log cabin in the woods by a lake. It was very hard for her to come live by us in assisted living. She really missed her kitties and the rest of the wildlife. I think Grandmimi is helping out at the rainbow bridge. She loved cats & dogs so much.
    I'll check in later to see everybody is doing today. We are sending all our good thoughts to all the folks in Moore, OK.
    Til tomorrow.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    When I first heard Ramps, I thought you girls were putting ramps in to be handicap accessible. This is better, since it is something to eat. Mom has never eaten a ramp and needs a lesson. I can just watch since dogs can't have garlic or onion. They almost look like a crocus until the curly things come up. Thank you girls for teaching me so many things. I knew getting to see your farm and adventures would be fun. Gail you always crack me up, and Black Mama that is so cool that Lucinda has named all you kitties. Last night I just sat at about 10 and watched this big old raccoon climb up the 100 year old cottonwood tree. I know he and his family live up there, but they stay in the back 40 and stay their distance. Now I know some of you are getting busy in your moving and packing, but still let Ruby here know your adventures. My people brother Weston found out that he is closing on his house some day next week. Yahoo!! for him, not me. Mom says we must keeping smiling on the outside for him, even though I don't want him to leave. Hopefully it will all happen slowly as they are fixing up the place and then moving. Zoe, I can hardly wait to hear what is up at party central for your Mom's b-day. Rebel, I know you miss the ducks, but hold good thoughts they are safe. Kirby and Maddox our rains stopped today and it will be in the 80's the rest of the week. All the rest of my buddies, Abby, Jimmy, Kitty, Missy, Dudley, Baby Favor, Jake, Molly, Riley, Martha, Lucy, Brutus and Max, and sweet Sonya, I hope you all have a GEM of a day.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, WOW! Sharkey and Francesca you do look adorable and happy in these photos helping great farmer Ryan plant those beautiful ramps! I've never seen those before but I don't think Mom will plant those because she can't eat any onions because they make her sick! How lucky Martha got those ramps and I'm sure she will love them! Hope you have another great day and say HI to GK for me! Black Mama, you are one lucky feral cat who has a great pal, Lucinda! I've always loved her and love you, too! Gail, hope your weather is good today! We are getting rain and cooler today! Maddox, stay cool and have fun watching the work on the kennels! Kirby, hope you stay cool and glad your computer is working again! Zoe, sorry T-Bone got a tick and sure hope you don't get any! Stay safe! Missy Chow, sure hope you have a great day and I loved seeing Ruby's pool, also! Hope to hear from Ruby, Rebel, Sonya, Delia and Kitty, Brutus and Max, and the rest of you Glue Squad today! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Francesca, Sharkey, Black Mama cat, Missy chow, Swimming Ruby Tuesday, Maddox, Pool party girl Zoe and all my glue squad friends,
    What great planting information! Love seeing how to plant leeks- "ramps". We still have a lot to do planting wise in our veggie garden.
    Love pictures #11 and #12. Good job helping girls!
    Ruby, glad you are learning to love the wading pool life. I am sure Zoe can give you lots of information on pool parties. Missy Chow, do you go into water too? I just about survived another major brushing out session. My persian spring coat is very fluffy and has different shades of silver. Now its combing every day. Bet the feral kitties don't have to do that.
    We have sunshine and 86 degree weather predicted with thunderstorms later. Time to cat nap before reading my F.Scott Fitzgerald biography. Abby was making a huge protest at work yesterday having her nails trimmed. Today she might get her lyme vaccination, its a secret!
    Happy Tuesday to all my friends. Maddox, we saw a huge snail with a large shell, do you ever see them? Right out of a storybook, reddish and white swirls on the big shell.
    Kitty's mew "is like the sound of money" said J.Gatsby Dean cat

  • Hey there to F,S, GK and all our Glue Squad Peeps!
    It's a beautiful day here in Lebanon.
    Frannie and Sharkey, you DO look sweet posing among the greenery. We agree with Maddox that GK would have completed that photo.
    Our Mom thinks the reason Frannie and Sharkey are helping Ryan some much is that he is such a hottie!
    We just came in from helping Dad plant some flowers. Someone has to supervise!
    We are having a cook-out this Sunday with lots of family. I, Max, personally can't wait for all the hugs and treats, Brutus, on the other paw is already scouting out hiding places.
    Thoughts and prayers to the people and animals of Moore, OK.
    Pugs and kisses!
    Brutus and Max

  • Francesca Baby, you and Sharkey look beautiful in that picture!!
    Well, Mom is home and happy to be back with us and happy to be able to use her computer to do stuff.
    We had a very special surprise this past weekend. My FirstMama came all the way from Pinewood MN, to come and visit and go to a fantastic rescue event called PugFest. She brought Dude, who is her handsome new Frenchie boy with her. He and Roxy got on like gangbusters and ran and played a lot. Millie and I joined in once in a while, just to show those youngsters we've still got pep in our step. Roxy and Dude went with Mom and FirstMama to Pugfest and hung out with Auntie Ellen at the French Bulldog Rescue Network kissing booth that we have done for a couple of years there. I don't know how much money they raised, but they worked very hard and Millie and I are proud of them. FirstMama had her fantastic Blissful Dog Nose Butter® stuff with her, and Pugs need that nearly as much as Frenchies do, so lots of people got some to help take care of the dry crusties. Mom had the whole Boutique up and sold lots of fun things to people and pugs, just like she's been doing the last couple of weeks. They all came home hot and tired, so Mom called the Pizza Man, and yes, all four of us Frenchies got some pizza!! FirstMama and Dude left yesterday, and you can tell Roxy misses him. I miss FirstMama, but don't tell Mom, I don't want to hurt her feelings. Now poor Mom has a cold coming on, and a really scratchy throat, so we are trying to make her stay put on the sofa for snuggl...er, healing time ;)
    A bientot!

  • Hello Everybody: The lesson on ramps was very interesting, we've never heard of them before. However, I could dig the holes for them anytime!
    Yesterday was a holiday up in Canada and it was sunny and hot so we went to the beach. Martha is a water baby, she will stay in the water until she has to come out. Lucy was too busy trying to socialize with the other dogs at the beach (it was an actual dog beach) and Riley just loved the water. Two hours of fun in the waves and then everyone was exhausted with the barking, running and socializing. We all got back in the car and went to sleep immediately. We did however revive for some food from a window (Wendy's), but then resumed our sleep once we got home. Going to the beach is great, almost as good as digging holes everywhere, but it sure is exhausting work. Looks like another hot day here today, we surely do love the A/c!
    Not much bouncing today - Martha, Lucy and Riley boy.

  • Helllooo, what happened to my comment? :-(

    Kitty =^. .^=

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