Recent Discussions

  • Can You Take Too Much Sap From A Tree?

    February 21st 2018
    How much sap CAN be removed from a tree? Say you have decided to thin a pole stand of maples that have never been tapped. The trees that are going to be cut soon can… Read More »

  • Can You Take Too Much Sap From A Tree?

    February 21st 2018
    For the sap to run it has to freeze, then get above freezing—you’d really like to see it get in the 40s. Then it has to freeze again. Each time it does that you have… Read More »

  • Can You Take Too Much Sap From A Tree?

    February 20th 2018
    What if some days are above freezing, but other days are at 31 as a high? Read More »

  • When a Tree Falls in a Forest

    February 20th 2018
    My wife and I live in a trillium woods on Blue Mountain very near the Appalachian Trail in Linden, Va. We are leaving most of our little piece of land 4.5 acres in a natural… Read More »

  • When is the Best Time for Sugarmakers to Tap their Maple Trees?

    February 18th 2018
    From my understanding the warn daytime causes the sap (sugar water) to flow down.  Pressure builds in the tree above ground as the tree warms up.  Night time the tree cools down and creates a… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2018 - Part 1

    February 17th 2018
    Wonderful!  News from the sugarbush is like a “Right of Spring” for our family.  I am delighted to hear your reports and know that this season is back in swing.  Keep it going; I love… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods, 2018 - Part 1

    February 17th 2018
    Wonderful article. I feel like I have written the article in a sense. Many of your expressed thoughts are similar to mine. I only run 10 taps and no vacuum. Wondering about this season. I… Read More »

  • Christmas on the Farm: A How-to For Christmas Tree Growers

    February 16th 2018
    What a great article. Thank you so much. My husband and I are in the planning stage of our Christmas Tree farm. There is lots of good, practical advice from the author AND in some… Read More »

  • Goldenrod Golf Balls

    February 15th 2018
    That’s interesting!  Both the bait and the likely symbiosis.  That might explain why gall resistance does not seem to have evolved.  In some places 1/4 of the stems seem to have galls.  We just gathered… Read More »

  • How Mange, a Terminal Disease, Afflicts Red Fox

    February 14th 2018
    I used Heartgard followed by a regimen of amoxicillin and accompanied by weeks of feeding with 2-3 pounds of chicken daily to successfully treat a serious case of mange in a red fox. Read More »

  • Freezing Time

    February 12th 2018
    I sooooooo enjoy winter for its slower pace and fewer distractions. Read More »

  • What Do Tree Roots Do in Winter?

    February 11th 2018
    Question:  How do tree roots grow in cold, stone-hard earth, in wintertime? I’m in the process of writing a children’s book (that may or may not ever be published) that includes how tender roots grow.… Read More »

  • The Secret Life of the Mourning Dove

    February 11th 2018
    I heard cooing about seven this morning for a short period of time and questioned my phone (Siri) as to whether or not doves migrated. I enjoyed reading all of the comments and questions on… Read More »

  • Why Ruffed Grouse Take Winter in Stride

    February 9th 2018
    We also are privileged of the daily visits from two spotted grouse beneath the shelter of out large spruce trees. Being retired and winter days sometimes seem endless,they are truly a welcomed delight beneath our… Read More »

  • Freezing Time

    February 8th 2018
    I started some indoor projects this winter season only to be lured outside with the unusually warm weather flowing down the west coast.  Yikes - time to prune fruit trees & harvest the earliest greens.Thanks… Read More »

  • Opossums Find Cold Comfort in New England’s Winters

    February 7th 2018
    I have noticed a baby possum a few years back on my property. Recently I saw a possum in the front yard and I went near it and it just stood there looking up at… Read More »

  • Freezing Time

    February 7th 2018
    Your takes on the winter season is spot on. After a busy fall of wood cutting, deer hunting and putting the garden to bed I also look forward to “dormancy” of early winter. Soon after… Read More »

  • Lichen: Not Technically a Plant

    February 6th 2018
    Lichen is everywhere and is common to the point of being boring.  And mushrooms are only interesting if you like to eat them. That’s how I really saw them until I started trying to identify… Read More »

  • Ice-Out Days and Climate Change

    February 6th 2018
    Thanks for your comment John! It is very interesting to consider.  I looked briefly to see what data exist on the great lakes.  NOAA has some fascinating information.  The data sets vary in duration and… Read More »

  • Ice-Out Days and Climate Change

    February 5th 2018
    Good piece. Thanks. It might be interesting to also look at ice data for the Great Lakes where there may be better and more consistent data. I enjoyed flying over Erie and Ontario last week… Read More »