Life of a Forest Farmer-in the Spring
By Margaret Bloomquist
The ups and down of the thermometer had us out in February, every week, checking beds for reemergence, germination, invasive sprouts ~ anything? Fast forward to March and we’re creating new beds for this seasons planting and propagating, but all too careful not to disturb the growth just beneath the surface for existing beds. There is much below the surface, must be… I planted seeds and transplanted rescued natives there for the past 5 years. There must be something poking their heads up soon… Right?!
Then….. Mid-March walks at 2,500 ft in Southern Appalachia, a couple bloodroot! Just a few with their brilliant white ephemeral flowers, the palm shaped leaf wraps its lobes snug around the blossom bud, and stem at emergence.
Ramps! They’ve reseeded and bulbil led their way to spread the plots out even further. They smell – and taste – wonderful. When harvesting, take one leaf from each mature plant.