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maple tapping

Did I say that the red maples in the backyard, the ones that got trimmed by the trapeze artist guys, began pouring out sap from the places where they were trimmed? Poor things.

If they're going to do that, it seems like we should tap them. You can tap red maple trees; the sap just isn't as sweet as the sap of sugar maples. So this morning Wakanomori put a tap in one of them. From my window I can see that the gallon jug is about a quarter full. When I finish this post, I'll go and check on the ones by the railroad tracks. (Yesterday there was a tiny bit of sap in two of the jugs but none in the other three.)

The day before we put in our taps, I had a dream about maple trees and sap. I dreamed that we had a sugar maple in the front yard, and that it had some broken branches, and that from each of those broken branches was hanging an icicle of sweet sap. I broke of some of those icicles and gave them to the various forest creatures. In my dream I thought, hey, this tree is big enough to tap now. But then suddenly it changed, and it was just a tiny sapling--not big enought at all. I remember one year I had a dream of a practical waterfall of sap from a tree. Talk about the bounty of the earth and all!

Wakanomori talked about a dream he had, but I don't think he'll write about it in his livejournal. I wonder if I can write about it. I'll ask him.

Sometime, under one of those "lj cut" things, I'll put down a whole long disquisition about why I'm not going to be involved in a resolution to keep genetically modified plants out of this town. Can you guess what my reasons will be? Watch this space.


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Feb. 22nd, 2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
I suspect that the reason basically has to do with two things: 1, if any other town chooses to use these types of plants there is no way you could even begin to prevent cross-polinzation, and 2. in effect human gardens already contain genetically modified plants, but plants whose modifications took a much longer time to enact. The true meaning of hybridization applies to that one.

Did I get at least 7 out of 10?
Feb. 22nd, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: hmm..
You're pretty close w/number 2. (Number 1 I hadn't even thought of!)
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