The usual suspects are your Gladiola bulbs and your Dahlia tubers.
|Gladiolas are the tall flowers and the Dahlias are the bright puffy ones!|
|Meyer Lemon Tree|
|Potted herbs and plants|
|Avocado tree in a pot.|
|Top left to right: Lemon Balm, Parsley Peppermint.|
Middle left to right: Oregano, Raspberries.
Bottom left to right: Spearmint, Chocolate mint.
|The half pint jar on the left is my second batch of Maple Syrup.|
The jar on the right is the Maple sugar I accidentally made.
There really isn't too much to it. In the spring(right now for us here in Maine) when the nights are below 32* and the days get into the 40's the sap is moving from the roots up into the tree to nourish it's impending growth. So as it travels upwards some of the sap is tappable. You can read all about the tapping process here and the syrup making process here.
We only purchased 5 taps, so each of our closest Maple trees has one tap. That makes it easier to collect the sap.
As we collect it we cook it down until it reaches a syrup like consistency. Then we cool it and filter it.Store it in a mason jar in the fridge.
We will get a hydrometer when we can afford to, but for now we are just winging it.
With only the 5 trees tapped, it is a manageable project for one person. I am actually really enjoying the process. It is a kind of Zen experience. I love watching the clear sap turn to that golden color.
The benefits of living in the north east are many. I am so happy that we get to experience this part. What a wonderful way to bring in the springtime!
Love from the Homestead,