It is maple sap seasonThe weather is kind of sporadic so when the conditions are right, not too cold or not too warm, the sap is running. There has been a lot of windy weather and couple of times the wind has blown the buckets off the tree. It is a small operation, I only have two trees, but this year I added two more buckets and taps which has doubled my capacity. Since I have read that it takes 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup, I probably won't end up with more than a couple of pints of syrup but it is fun.
The winter greenhouseThe winter greenhouse is winding down and switching over to the spring season. One experiment that I tried was last spring I bought a hanging basket that contained some strawberry plants. The plan was that after spending the summer outside we would try to overwinter it in the greenhouse. A few weeks ago I was pleased to see that it was flowering.
and now it has one small white strawberry that is just starting to ripen.
I also overwintered my rosemary and sage. Some of my rosemary has been blooming for a while now. These plants are two years old. We started them from seed to be used on the tables at my daughter's and son-in-law's wedding party last summer..
The spring greenhouseIt is that time when the greenhouse gets too warm for winter greens and the plants bolt, turn bitter and go to seed. It is also the time that the seedlings that I have started under lights in the basement are ready for transplanting from the trays that they were started in to their first pot, usually a red solo cup. Since the bigger pots take up a lot more room as they are potted I have been gradually moving them to the greenhouse. There have been some cold nights so I am back to running the milkhouse heater some nights but they seem to be doing well.
I am joining BNOTP for Met Monday here.