Last fall, the brilliant leaves of my neighbor's sugar maples caught my eye. They looked like they were on fire. To tell you the truth, these three trees drive me nuts.
They shade one side of our house making it impossible to grow anything shy of hostas on that side.
So when life threw lemons at me, I chose to make lemonade...
I got the courage one day (while handing off another dozen eggs free of charge) to ask my neighbor if we could tap her sugar maples.
"Those are sugar maples? They don't look too sweet to me."
We discussed the leaf color and shape, at which point she said that it was fine by her.
We got an email on Monday about a maple sugaring class being held at the local nature center for a local home school group. Would we like to tag along? But of course...
In my camera's infinite wisdom, it decided to malfunction yet again, so I only got one picture, and not of the process...
We learned all about trees, maples, and sap.
They even told a story about how the maple came to be tapped.
Tree selection (must be over 35 inches at 52 inches height and of the maple variety.)
Materials (drill, gallon milk container, nail, straw.)
When (freezing nights, warm days...before buds appear.)
So now that we have that info...just wait to see what we do.
That is, if the neighbors are still okay with it.