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    Any seeds Butch? I have been told they should be ripening seeds by now. If not passed already.
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    I went down to look for seed several weeks ago,
    I didn't see anything obvious.... but I "think" I saw a couple empty seed heads, but not sure

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    Ramps as in chives? Yeah, tasty. I've tried to grow chives and other onion before but they never do anything underground afaik. I never know how to tell when they are ready. Same thing with garlic, potatoes and other underground growing vegetables. They're so cheap to buy really.

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    Ramps are different then Chives; some call them wild leeks.
    They have a strong spicey-garlic flavor and the bulb resembles onion in appearance.
    They are also known for giving those that eat them a very strong odor LOL

    image from google search:

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    Oh. Interesting. Never seen those.

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    Thanks for the update Butch.
    Jerry Smith
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    My plants: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=128718

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    Long time since I've been here. Soon after I posted on 10/3, a friend showed me a Ramp patch near his house that is gigantic. All I could see of it was the seed heads with ripened seeds. I'm going to have to estimate the size, but it must have been at least 50 feet square, at least. I harvested a large bunch of the seed heads without even moving more than two feet from a spot. I cleaned them afterwards by rubbing them in my hands to remove the seeds from the seed ball. I blew on the chaff seed mixture in a shallow dish until most of the chaff blew away. I found two living caterpillars about 1/4" long that came out of the seed heads. I don't know what critter eats Ramps, but they were living. Too bad I didn't take a photo.

    The seeds are black, not crinkled like leek seeds, and about 1/8" in Diameter. I guess I have about 100 of them. I was going to scatter them in a likely place near me, but I never got it done before the snow and freezes came. Now I think I am going to try and grow them in pots in a cool greenhouse, if my friend can spare some space for me. Otherwise, I'll start some at home and see what happens. I'll be sure to document it and post up what I find.
    Jerry Smith
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    My plants: http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=128718

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    I knew it was too early, but was getting anxious to see what this years growth would look like...
    Took a walkabout to my ramp patch last week.... still a month or so too early.

    on the path to my ramps, my patch is a 200-300 yards from where I took this image.... but starting to see the first signs of spring


    30 yrs ago this was my family's tobacco field, I would plow every inch of what you see
    Nature has finally taken it back

    spring is in the air, and I'm ready!
    wanting some ramps and morels
    :-)
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