Been wanting to do it for quite some time now and yesterday, we finally got our bums in gear, headed to the maple trees and had a go at things. We have two silver maples in the yard and I’m interested in seeing what kind of syrup we can yield for ourselves.
Both trees are much larger than 20 inches in diameter, so we decided to put two taps in each tree.
(My little helpers were very excited about this little after school adventure!)
We drilled our holes..slightly angled for a good drip…
(felt a bit bad drilling into the tree….but I’m assured all is good and not harmful…I’m now wondering if I’m going to need to do anything to the hole after I pull the tap in a few weeks to prevent anything from getting in there or if it will just heal itself) I always have lots of questions whenever I do something for the first time…
Inserted our taps.
And watched the sap flow….
The side of the tree that was facing the sun at that time of day had a nice stream of sap…
the opposite side was a trickle.
I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I was surprised that the sap came out crystal clear like water. (I even double checked things to make sure that’s what it was supposed to look like). Brought in a little over a quart in a short amount of time…temperatures dropped below freezing today, so I’m not anticipating much more until tomorrow when it warms back up into the 40′s. I also need to get a better ‘bucket’ system – I just worked with what I had..but I think I can do a little better with some metal pails or tubing and a 5 gallon bucket on the ground, instead of the old flimsy ice cream buckets.
I’m storing what I collect in jars for a few days until I have enough to boil down and then we’ll get going on that step.
I love doing this kind of stuff. Hopefully I did everything as I’m supposed to and we’ll be tapping for years to come. We don’t know if we don’t try, right?!
Do you tap for maple syrup in your yard?