WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Just got done pruning our apple tree last week. As you might recall, this tree was an ornamental apple that was beheaded & grafted onto back in 2014. Saw some flowers 2 years ago that didn’t fruit due to frost. Last year, we didContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? After more than 6 years of pruning mature apple trees, the winner–for me–for the best hand-saw goes to Silky. These blades are tough, razor sharp and ergonomic. I wish I was being paid to say this, but am not. So, if you want anContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Last week I posted how the 2020 maple sugaring season had begun in central Ulster County (for me). Well, the first few days were giving that old “sap snow.” Sap snow is when it’s snowing, temperatures are in the mid-30s or so and theContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Well, I tapped my trees on Monday, January 6th. Later that night, they ran over 1 gallon per tap at about 2.6% sugar content or 32 gallons of sap to 1 gallon of syrup. I realize it’s awfully early, but the forecast later inContinue Reading