We are beyond excited to find our planting of ramps finally making an appearance. With very little else on the scene, they aren’t shy about calling attention to themselves.
We found two small patches, both planted last April from ramps found sold as produce. It will be several years before they’ve established enough to harvest from. As added insurance, we also scattered seeds, which can take up to two years to germinate. In the meantime, we’ll be on the lookout for more ramps to plant.
Compared to last year, this has been a chilly start to spring. The overwintered greens are kept covered, and many of them are bolting. Taking stock helps us to plan out this year’s rotation schedule and next year’s season extension.
We hadn’t expected this half of the bed to have lasted through winter, and need to clean it out for the new season’s planting of peas. A quick inventory of survivors: a lone head of Pan di Zucchero (beginning to bolt); Fun Jen (above, flowering); arugula; and a few Puntarelle sprouting from roots left in-ground.
In the second covered bed: overwintered Red Russian, Lacinato and Siberian kales; Fordhook chard; and flowering arugula.
This is the time of year when we most appreciate the hardiness of kale, allowing us to continue eating from the garden even at this sparse point in the season.
Of the three varieties of arugula that over-wintered, only one hasn’t bolted. Though it’s meant to be an Italian variety called Olive Leaf, what came up bears no resemblance. Instead, it appears to be a Selvatica and, all the same, is delicious to have.