While my goal is to only grow Italian originated plants America does have one botanical treasure that the Italians don’t have… ramps!
Ramps are a type of American wild leek that taste like a cross between a garlic and an onion. They are extremely pungent but at the same time have an exquisite earthy flavor. As you cook them they get milder and develop that delicious garlic/onion flavor. You can find out more about ramps here.
I was able to source about a 100 ramp bulbs from a farm down in West Virginia (Mail order only). I just got them a few days ago and today was a perfect day to plant them. Since my garden is already allocated to the max with future plant homes, I decided that the best way to grow these ramps was in one of the available 4×4 raised beds I had. All I did was dig my trowel about 7 inches deep into the soil and moved it left to right in order to make a ‘V’ shaped well for the ramp bulb. I kept the spacing pretty close as I want the bed to get filled with ramps. Once the bed is established I plan to take chunks of ramps and transplant them out to other areas of the property other than the garden.
I hope this message finds everyone well and in good health. I want to thank all of you for your emails of concern when southern West Virginia was experiencing the devastating flooding a few months ago. My home and family stayed dry, but I had a lot of friends that were not so lucky. That being said, let’s push 2016 out of here and get ready for a brand new year.
And since we are close to the beginning of a new year, I have some excellent news to share with you. Ramps bulbs are shipping for fall of 2016. Since the weather has been unseasonably nice so far, you will be able to plant these guys now and they can wait out the spring underground. Expect to see them popping up out of the ground around the first week of April.