Hi everyone! I'm trying something a bit different today. We've been fortunate to have sunny and gorgeous weather around here the past few days, which means that it's time to tap maple trees for sugaring. This is the fifth year that we'll be making maple syrup as part of a community effort that involves three … Continue reading The Cheap and Easy Way I Tap My Maple Trees for Sugaring (video)
Someone recently asked me where they should go to get garden seeds. Fortunately, there is no shortage of places where you can buy high-quality garden seed—in fact, it is more likely that you will have trouble deciding among the many options that are out there! If you’re bitten by the gardening bug, you may end … Continue reading Where can I buy gardening seeds?
A few years ago, I enlisted some friends to design and build two raised garden beds* for a local nursing home. The goal was to design a raised bed that would be easily accessible for elderly people who were working while standing or seated. I haven't given this a lot of thought since then, but … Continue reading Accessible Raised Garden Beds
Now that you’ve tapped your trees and collected sap, it’s time to make syrup! The General Process Boiling sap down to syrup sounds pretty easy—and it is—but there are a few things to be ready for in advance. First, it takes a lot of sap to make syrup. An average yield is about 40 gallons … Continue reading Make Maple Syrup (Part 3): The Boil
As the days creep toward days above freezing, it’s time to tap trees and start collecting maple sap. In the previous post, you lined up the supplies that you’ll need: spiles, a cordless drill, a bit, containers, and a few other things. Find the Trees Of course, you’ll start by finding trees to tap. While … Continue reading Make Maple Syrup (Part 2): Tap Trees
Making maple syrup is the perfect activity to say “goodbye” to winter and welcome the muddy, messy of year that let’s us know that spring is here. This four-part series will cover what you need to know to get started making maple syrup. How it Works Maple syrup is concentrated from tree sap, which contains … Continue reading Make Maple Syrup (Part 1): Get Ready!
When it gets cold, I forget how to get dressed. As fall transitions to winter and the temperatures start to drop below freezing, I respond by piling on more and more layers (and eating more and more cookies, although that's not the point here...). This sounds warm and cozy, but it's problematic when I go … Continue reading Two Rules to Dress for Cold-Weather Running
When somebody asks you, "How are you doing?" which of these answers are you most likely to give? a) fine b) good c) busy d) crazy busy! If your answer included some form of busy, you are not alone. Here in the US, we pride ourselves on our productivity. It's good to be busy. We've developed … Continue reading Stressed out? Nature can fix that!