Went out for late ramps with the neighbor and we got his 4 wheeler stuck in the middle of the woods.. in 2 feet of mud 30 min of digging it out mostly with our hands and arm shovels just got stuck to the mud, up to our knees…. still got the ramps beer for scale.
PS. If you harvest any roots you should get a plastic ceiling grate spray hard with a hose and it will speed up processing. I also recommend a box cutter instead of a knife.
PPS I am the nerd with the bucket I usually have a beard but I was Clark Kent for comic con last week.
Today I cleaned and top dressed my garden boxes. The herb box had a bunch of early oregano and sage. The sage had just started to flower so I am a little late. I picked a bunch to dry. Last year I made a solar dehydrator it’s biggest benefit has been hang drying herbs. Saves tons of time! If you saw my dehydrator last year I added a black corrugated plate to increase the temperature. Others than that it stayed the same. It still needs a sunny day to get the job done, but it works faster now.
This Sunday’s pallet project is a end grain target for knife throwing. It was at my loving wife’s request so…. . I had to add some cookies of pine from the back too, but it’s mostly pallet. In hind sight the pine cookies should be thicker 4 plus inches but I made them replaceable so no big deal.
Oyster mushrooms are out. And I picked a Dryad Saddle too. I breaded and baked them with some fresh Ramps. The oysters are always great but is still can’t get the Dryad Saddles to taste good.
Inky caps are up. One of my favorite mushrooms, Inky’s are one of the first mushrooms up in my area and I look for them when the fiddle heads start to end. They decompose in a few hours so you really will not get to try them unless you forage them. They do have a somewhat poisonous lookalike called the alcohol inky. It reacts with alcohol and you get to vomit for 24 hours. So … don’t mess up. Anyway I like them sautéed in butter with ramps sail and pepper. Then served on bruschetta and with a saintly blue cheese.
I found a huge patch of Wood Nettles a couple days ago. They come up earlier then the type of stinging nettle I usually pick. It is so early the jewelweed I use to kill the sting when I mess up is still tiny and a little hard to see. I picked a good bag full of nettle. I ended up blanching and freezing half and drying half for tea. I am going to to make nettle and ramp soup also depending on time try brewing some nettle beer. If you have never had stinging nettle its a spinach substitute maybe a little sweeter and less slimy. Has a ton of medical uses also, but I just got it to eat and use for tea. It’s my favorite herd tea if you add a little lemon and honey.. I also grabbed fiddle heads.
You can use baking soda past on your skin to stop a nettle sting if there is no jewelweed. I think jewelweed works better. Also both only seem to work if you get it fast enough.
Cooking or drying kills the sting, but take care till then.
You can use a burdock leaf as a glove if you forgot yours.
Take young plants 12in and smaller or just the tops.
Check for bugs or spray down, unless you like to eat bugs or need protein 😉