I've done a fair amount of bluebird watching lately. They're already scouting for homes to raise their young. This one wanted a drink from the birdbath but was wary....
Watching the birds, I think they are the best judge of the right time to tap trees for syrup. When the woodpeckers start drilling the maple trees in late winter it means the sap is running, to me anyway.
I bought ready-made spiles and lines this year just to make it easier to tap the maples. You may remember the first time we tapped our trees Goodman just cut lengths of pvc pipe. You can read that article by clicking here if you missed it.
I probably should have warned you that our setup this time wasn't all that glamorous, lol. The wind was so fierce (and stinkin' cold) when I started boiling the sap that Goodman had to block the fire pit with whatever he could just to keep the flames under the pot. This lil rig-up worked well enough though.
I had collected sap for a week (4 trees) and it took all day to boil it down to 2 pints. :)
Or 4 half pints, however you want to look at it. I'll be doing it again in another week if the weather clears up. Yeah, the ratio is still 32:1, but it was worth it and fun to boot. :)
but I'm dreaming of working in my garden.
I'd cut you a big hunk of fresh bread if I could pass it to you.
My begonias think spring has arrived. I can't wait.
Until next time, stay cozy and warm. ;)