Recent Discussions

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2017

    March 3rd 2017
    Feels like we missed the entire first half of the season and while preparing to boil now, we wonder if we should have been ready to tap in January (we were not). As mere backyard… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2017

    March 3rd 2017
    Delighted to see your ‘column and remarks’ continued.  Your stories are always my favorite and I look forward to sharing your signs of spring with my family members. Read More »

  • Maple Syrup Color and Flavor

    March 3rd 2017
    We’re dealing with the same issues, Val. I don’t trust anyone who’s completely sure of anything—especially Ag related—so my suggestion is to wash all your equipment well during this cold snap, empty your pans of… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2017

    March 3rd 2017
    Our season is far early and inconsistent. I am always happier with temperatures too cold rather than too warm. Wearing long underwear to insulate against the evaporator’s heat makes for an uncomfortable sweat in a… Read More »

  • Dispatch from the Sugarwoods 2017

    March 3rd 2017
    sap in the gathering tanks gets cloudy during the warm days. we’re making dark syrup only. we don’t have an r.o. perhaps that would reduce the problem Read More »

  • Wood is Great: The Elevator Pitch

    March 2nd 2017
    We are familiar with the saying “the devil is in the details.”  The study pertained to the Northeast while totally ignoring what is going on in the southern U.S. where widespread clear cutting is going… Read More »

  • Maple Syrup Color and Flavor

    March 2nd 2017
    Thanks for the interesting article. This is another bizarre syrup year, 68 degrees a few days ago and 16 today. My first two batches are dark, dark, dark with an off flavor. Question since I’m… Read More »

  • The Secret Life of the Mourning Dove

    February 28th 2017
    I observe doves all day long. They even nest in my courtyard. There are aspects of their behavior I’ve havn’t found anywhere. During the day when the male is on the nest and the female… Read More »

  • Opossums Find Cold Comfort in New England’s Winters

    February 26th 2017
    I was delighted to spot an opossum feeding in the grass in my backyard one night last fall. It might have been eating leftover parrot kibble that I put out for squirrels and ground feeding… Read More »

  • When Tapping, Don’t Disregard Red Maple

    February 24th 2017
    Anytime it gets above 50 the microbial loads in your tapholes and lines multiply, which will eventually cause your taphole to slime over and stop running. This doesn’t happen right away, though. My advice would… Read More »

  • When Tapping, Don’t Disregard Red Maple

    February 23rd 2017
    Enjoyed a great tapping week in early Feb. 2017. Then temps hit 50!s/60’s, including warm nights. Tap holes appear dry. Predictions now are for good hi/low temps for at least a week. Can I use… Read More »

  • For My Daughter on Her Birth Day: February 3, 2017

    February 22nd 2017
    Yikes! Absolutely beautiful! What a privileged little person. Thanks for letting us all in on such a personal message! Read More »

  • The Curious Case of the Cute "Face" Crane Fly

    February 22nd 2017
    Most lawn grubs are beetle larvae. They frequently are C shaped; white; brown headded and more damage is done by skunks digging for them than is done by the grubs. Thanks for the question! Read More »

  • Woods With Character

    February 21st 2017
    Brave leap, Dave Mance. Waited for the hard shift from reverse gear and rear-view mirror to first gear and you jumped right to fifth! Good editorial gives me something to think about for a while.Thinking… Read More »

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

    February 20th 2017
    Great article.  This guy definitely knows the business. I have a twenty acre farm and market myself as a choose and cut farm.  Here are a few helpful hints: -Use branches from unsellable trees to… Read More »

  • Woods Whys: How Do Trees Heal Wounds on Trunks and Branches?

    February 20th 2017
    I’m not your average reader on trees. (Although, this article does explain why my Weeping Willow survived Oreo the cat’s near destruction).  However, in doing research for my new book I found your article here… Read More »

  • The Secret Life of the Mourning Dove

    February 20th 2017
    Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved the morning calls of mourning doves. Not quite sad, but very peaceful and calm. I love how the song is fleeting as well—a handful of minutes, perhaps,… Read More »

  • Why Ruffed Grouse Take Winter in Stride

    February 18th 2017
    We’ve had ruffed grouse around our acreage for as long as I can remember. However, this fall there were more than ever before.  I was going to pick apples from the two trees infront of… Read More »

  • What Determines How Tall a Tree Can Grow?

    February 18th 2017
    I’m very interested in why some of our local sweetgums grow to immense size and advanced age and not others. We have one which dates back to the 1800s and is too large to cut… Read More »

  • Woods With Character

    February 18th 2017
    I love this editorial. It so respectfully walks the middle ground. I have been pondering this issue a lot. I am pained by the fractured dialogue or is it a series of monologues? But -… Read More »