WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Sometimes it might just be better to cut down a tree. I saw this sugar maple the other day in Delaware County. “Topping” like this attracts and enhances decay into the tree. If the tree does somehow re-sprout, many of these new unions willContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? One of our members emailed this photo to us yesterday morning. It appears to be a bobcat “thinking” about going after a deer. Not sure whether the deer is concerned or not in the next frame. Bobcats are all around, yet they are rarelyContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Soap that’s “from the forest.” Just got done mixing some deer fat (about 37 oz.), coconut oil, olive oil, balsam oil, and lye in order to make some soap. We’ll see how it comes out this time around. Deer fat isn’t known to beContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? If you want to add some variety to your established apple trees, you can by “top-working” or grafting other varieties on to them. However, now is the time–during the growing season–that “scionwood” is gathered for future spring grafting. Scionwood are last summer’s growth thatContinue Reading

WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Alright, so the Christmas tree came down on New Year’s Eve, now that Santa is all finished this year. Our tree was a balsam fir, and I love the smell of those needles. At the same time, I’m in the process of making hand-soapContinue Reading