As it was, we had planned to take our out-of-town, out-of-country guest to the big mall in Bloomington today, so we went there, indoors, even though it was the first day of the year where it was comfortable, even preferable to be outside without a jacket. .
But not before I spent a little time playing outside with the kids. I was able to get a few snapshots of what is coming up in the yard now as well.
Speaking of- we should have strawberry plants and asparagus crowns coming soon. Those are going in the stepped planter that will be the support for the patio I plan to build this spring and summer. More posts on that to come. Right now it's a disaster and I'm embarrassed to look at our back yard.
Just as well-- Gita was getting tired of the sap constantly boiling on the stove. We were getting almost 3 gallons per day some days too. We were boiling sap for most of our waking hours at home. Even though we kept the ceiling fan going in the kitchen and two windows partly open, we could feel the condensation on things like the handrail on the stairway, and see the steam condensing on the living room corner window.
The productivity of the tree varied wildly based on the weather. The days in the 50's with high humidity seemed to be the best. If we do this next year, I may wait to put in the spile until the temps are consistently higher. We got almost no sap when temps were under 35F.
It has been a good learning experiment though. We ended up with 3 quarts of syrup, boiled down from (I estimate) 25 gallons of sap. If it was that much sap, we ended up with a pretty good sap-to-syrup ratio. That would be closer to what one would expect from a sugar maple, but again, this isn't scientific. Next time I'll keep better track of how much sap we actually get.
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