WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Been busy gathering scion-wood for apple tree grafting coming up this spring. A scion is taken from a desirable apple tree and grafted onto another apple tree (or rootstock). I was fortunate enough to be able to gather from Schoonmakers Farm near Accord, Ulster County. The Schoonmakers are 12th
WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Been out cutting a lot of trees recently for habitat management purposes. On one member’s property we were “day-lighting” the white oak & cutting the nearby bitternut hickory trees. These trees were less than 24″ in diameter. After cutting one down, it aged out
WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? I’ve been boiling quite consistently over the last week until yesterday. After 3 consecutive nights where temperatures remained above freezing, the trees finally quit (sap stopped running). Now, I’m just waiting for another freeze and a warm day. It’s pretty unusual to have such
WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE FOREST? Last night’s rain & today’s mild temperatures sure are taking care of any snow hidden here & there. Temperatures are relatively mild going forward into the 10-Day forecast too; almost resembling maple sugaring weather, especially if you’re lower in elevation near the larger valleys.