|Filling a 5 gallon bucket.|
This post was originally titled "15 gallons", but that was before I checked 3 of the 6 maples trees that we are tapping for sap. I have run out of 5 gallon buckets (used to receive sap from the 2 gallon tree buckets) and am busy cleaning other containers in our home so that we do not lose some of the sap from the trees. One of the 5 gallon buckets has already been emptied into my large kettles on my stove. Clearly (ahem), the initially boiling of sap is an outdoor activity--my hair is a little wavier, my indoor plants love the balmy atmosphere that the sap boiling has created, and I am now left with the task of wiping ceilings and windows down. In the works for this weekend is an outdoor fire pit to boil down the sap. I am on the hunt for a suitable kettle to use outdoors and hoping for good weather, no blizzards please.
Unrelated, be equally important: my seed orders have been placed and Kelly (our generous greenhouse owner) is awaiting our seeds for starting. We're coordinating our efforts to avoid duplication and I am eager to try some new varieties from Sand Hill Preservation and Hudson Valley Seed Library.
Hope this Leap Day is treating you well!