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maple tapping update

Today, which was in the 40s, after a night in the 20s (i.e., perfect weather), there were between 3 and 4 milk-jugs-full of sap. (milk jug = a plastic gallon container that used to hold milk. This picture shows someone using a milk jug to do maple tapping:)

First tree was doing well at all three taps; the shady side being the least productive.
Second tree was *overflowing* on its good tap, but had hardly anything at the bad tap. Note to self:DO NOT TAP ON THAT SIDE NEXT YEAR![<--NO! update from later in the season (3/26): that tap is doing fine. It just takes a while to get started.]

The red maple at home had about a third of a milk jug.

When I got home I discovered one of the jugs had a tiny hole in it. I wonder how it got there. Anyway, I've ditched it and substituted in a new one. I hope none of the others have or develop holes. Maybe that other one always had a hole? But how could I not have noticed? Hmmm.

I'm feeling a bit woosey today, and scared of getting the stomach bug that the healing angel has, so I'm not eating much--which may be why I'm feeling woosey; hard to say. It seems to be a quickly passing bug, though, so maybe not to worry.

If anyone out there wants to try maple tapping, go here to see how easy it is to do.

On a completely other note... can spam be poetry? Check out wakanomori's second post on March 8.


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Mar. 9th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, we don't have maple trees in this part of Australia. They don't grow very well.

Love maple syrup though. The proper stuff - not the flavoured sugar syrup some places try to convince us is the real deal.
Mar. 9th, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
I wonder whether the sap of eucalyptus is edible (or... could make a furniture varnish?)

How about gum trees? Can anything be made of their sap? Is that where we get chewing gum from? (or got it from, back in the day?)

With global warming, it seems like maybe soon there won't be maples where I live either--or not for tapping. We're due for a bunch of days in the 60s, even though, being March, it's just early spring here--and that's the sort of weather that can make the trees start activating their buds, which ends the maple syrup season.
Mar. 10th, 2006 10:38 am (UTC)
Smokey, the other day- managed to make a gallon of syrup.
Not bad. Must have gotten alot of sap, like you.
( But- he's got a sap boiler.)
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