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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?


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Global Warming; Fact or Fiction

January 6th 2014 28 degrees at 0530, 27 degrees at 0830, back to 28 degrees at 1100, 23 degrees at 8pm

January 7th, 2014, the coldest day, I drove to Oxford, Alabama, it was 13.1 degrees at 0530 and was 18 degrees when I arrived in Oxford, with a low outside Birmingham of 10 degrees

January 8th, 2014 A bit warmer, started at about 18 degrees in Oxford and got to about 30 degrees back in Prattville

January 9th, 2014 28 degrees at 0530, up to 37 degrees by the time I walked around the block.

On the NBC nightly news last night (January 8th) was a piece about Global Warming in the face of the Polar Vortex that has been keeping most of the US in the grip of cold. It talked about the fact that many parts of our planet are experiencing record high temps while we are in the grip of winter. California is experiencing a severe drought, with little snow to keep the rivers flowing.
It also pointed out that the long-term is climate not the short term…so we need to look over 30 years. Over the past 30 years, the temperature has been increasing. That is a fact. The projected increase over the next 100 years in 3 degrees, it doesn’t sound like much, but it has a powerful impact on the planet. We need to be thinking about ways to be flexible with change with the increasing temperature. One thing I did was to attend a Permaculture Design Course…I went to Spiral Ridge in Southern Tennessee, and IT was AWESOME… I learned a lot and come home with a ton of amazing ideas. If you are reading this blog because of your interest in permaculture, find the money and go take a PDC- Spiral Ridge is a 5 star class.

We have gotten so politicized about the whole issue of Global Warming that we are turning away from the fact that it is happening. What we need to be doing is planning for the future. I found a good Ted Talk on the topic.