Got out early this morning and found my spot I believe.
The far end of my property ends at the convergence of several small hills (valley)... Hardwood shaded, rich soil and I spotted plenty of wild ferns.
There is a small primary creek about 75 foot away, and a boggy area 20 foot away and about 5-6 foot further down the slope.
The boggy area...
I'm thinking in the immediate area of the ferns...
That's a huge amount of Ramp bulbs. Did you at least try one of them? I've never seen them in the woods, but I'll sure be looking now. I did a little searching (which you've probably done already) and found this site which sells a booklet on growing Ramps and sells Ramp bulbs for shipment in February along with fresh Ramps for eating. http://rampfarm.com/
This site http://gardening.about.com/od/vegeta...ble-Garden.htm describes the areas where Ramps grow, especially the other plants seen with them:
"Soil: To grow ramps in your yard, try to pick a site as close to their native growing conditions as possible. They are usually found in moist areas, under deciduous trees. The soil should have a good amount of organic matter in it and be well-draining. Although ramps like regular moisture, they do not grow well in wet soils. If other woodland flowers, like bloodroot, trillium and trout lily will grow in the area, ramps should do fine."
Trout Lily: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erythronium_americanum
I do know of a woodland area that was full of Trout Lily. Last time I was there was in the late 1970's. Might not even be there now!
Didnt try a one, lol..... probably should have but I knew exactly what I wanted to do with these
Ive got the book on Ramps from rampfarm.com... It's been very helpful.
I have also read most of what ive found online.... and looked at a lot of "in-situ" pics.
I "think" I found the best spot I have available on my little piece of ground...
I planted about half in the immediate area of the ferns and the other half just a little further up the slope just to increase my odds of success.
Come early spring I hope to see some leaves popping up. I wont harvest any the frist year or two though...
With so many bulbs, you should plant them in different areas within it's range of acceptable conditions and see which area works best. That way, you're almost guaranteed success
Very true, but most of my land is on top of a ridge, too dry or covered in Pine and Cedar..... all of which are a non starter.
Supposedly the ferns are one of the good indicator species.... hopefully, Ive played my hand well.
Any sign of growth yet? Hope they did well over the winter.
Grow them like a woodland orchid and you're set.
That's really good news for Crissy. I hope she does show us some photo's. I'm enjoying the success of you guys.
I am wondering if you should give them any fertilizer? I know they only get leaf mold where they grow, so they may not need it, but you know-a little bit of a jump start may work to your advantage. What do you think?