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Planting Ramps in My Forest Garden


Spring is edging to life in Central Alabama. The Ramps I planted last week are coming up! Ramps are not that thing you drive your wheelchair up, but instead a shade-loving edible plants with a taste like onions. I ordered 10 ramps from Pine Tree Gardens http://www.superseeds.com/ and they arrived in the mail in a padded envelope, ready to be planted.


After researching them carefully in my literature which included Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison which included several delicious sounding recipes and a beautiful photograph. Then I looked in Edible Forest Gardens by Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier http://www.edibleforestgardens.com who wax ecstatic over ramps in multiple places in their 2 volumes, so I looked up all the references and studied the best way to plant my ramps. They like moist woodland soil, which we have plenty of, so I selected 2 spots near our house, one in the front circle, and a spot beyond the deck in the back yard. You can eat both leaves and roots, but until your patch is well established, you will probably only want to taste the leaves, as you want them to spread.IMG_2811

I planted them in the moist soil with a bit of my special composted horse manure that my friend Beth kindly allowed me to haul away. In the hole I added a half teaspoonful of mycorrhizal inncoulant which is a fungus that stimulates plant roots to grow. You can buy it from Amazon look up Xtreme Gardening Mykos. At my Spiral Ridge PDC http://www.spiralridgepermaculture.com/ we called it Magic Sprinkle Powder and we put it on the roots of all the things we planted.

What have you planted in your Garden this year? Or maybe it is still too soon…what will you plant?


The Permaculure Prime Directive

January 4, 2014  27 degrees at 0730

“The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children. Make it Now.”  Bill Mollison in Permaculture a Designer’s Manuel. 1988

  This weighty tome 576 pages is the recommended text for Permaculture. I asked for a copy for Christmas and received 2, thank you both. I cracked it open this morning as the next step in my journey to  learn more about this topic and share with you.

The part about this Prime Directive that I was struck by was the Bold statement “Make it Now.”   How can I take responsibility for my own existence ant that of my children?  Is it even in my control? But I can live Now… in this Moment, pondering the next right step and no longer bury my head in the sand ignoring the problems of the earth and our seemingly ignorant use of it’s resources.

Today I will Make it Now.


Observe and Interact

January 3rd, 2014

24.5 degrees before sunrise

The sun is shining but it is very cold 27 degrees at 7am  probably the coldest day this winter, the weather people are promising colder days ahead– the cabbage is still okay but the lettuce and collards look despondent. Pippi dog agitated to make me go out for a walk and take on one of my New Year’s resolutions to observe and interact-  the first permaculture principle.

Yesterday I tried to buy daffodil bulbs (Yes I know it is late, but I had not gotten around to it earlier)  I found a bulb rack with 2 hand lettered signs one said  “50% off” the other said “Daffodils are toxic to deer and rodents” Do you think  deer will eat them if they know they are toxic… or maybe that is a selling point? Anyway, there were no daffodil bulbs left, but I bought crocus which may work for my purpose to plant around my apple trees as guild plants… and they were 50% off!