The Cheap and Easy Way I Tap My Maple Trees for Sugaring (video)

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)

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Winter is for Snowshoeing

Admission: I avoided snowshoeing for the longest time. It always seemed so slow and boring compared to cross country skiing. My thinking was: Why plod when you can race?!?! But I changed my tune this winter and have been snowshoeing a lot, to visit the cottage, to find chaga, to gather water (more on that … Continue reading Winter is for Snowshoeing

Clouds are for Everyone

Although it's still winter, there are signs that spring is on its way. A week of unseasonably warm weather made me start a gardening project in February and we'll be making maple syrup before too long. Like most years, I slipped into a bit of a funk starting sometime in November, which lasted into January. I … Continue reading Clouds are for Everyone

Gardening Experiment 1: Raised Bed Gardening (in February!)

Okay, I couldn't help it. We had a week of unseasonably warm weather in mid-February. The sap started running on February 17th (no tapping yet, though). The snow melted back severely and we didn't even know if we would be able to snowshoe to the cottage without trudging through 18 inches of "mashed potatoes." So what else … Continue reading Gardening Experiment 1: Raised Bed Gardening (in February!)

What I Found When I Went Looking for a Moose

My neighbor's have been hearing a strange bellowing noise by Mud Lake, and they think it might be a moose. It's not entirely impossible. There's a population of about 400 or so moose in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula, although these are found quite a ways south and east of here in Baraga, Iron, and Marquette … Continue reading What I Found When I Went Looking for a Moose

Planning Next Year’s Veggie Garden: 5 Questions for You to Consider

It’s never too early to start planning next summer’s garden! Although it will still be several months before the snow melts and ground is ready to plant, I already have a stack of seed catalogs begging for my attention. I'm working on a talk about vegetable garden planning that I'll give at the library next … Continue reading Planning Next Year’s Veggie Garden: 5 Questions for You to Consider