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Tap your sugar maples any time now.
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This is the time of year to tap your sugar maples. It's a simple thing to make syrup for your family for the year. 1. tap tree(s)2. collect sap3. boil sap until it's syrup4. put in bottles5.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matthew Groves Feb 9, 2011.

I need buckets! It's Maple Syrup time here in Southern MO
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I could use any extra milk jugs or clean buckets you were going to throw away.If you've ever wanted to make your own maple syrup, now is the time. Here in Springfield there are an abundance of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matthew Groves Feb 13, 2010.

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At 5:34pm on July 14, 2013, Gary A. Kimmons said…

Hello Mr. Groves.  Want to give you heads up that there is some free beehive equipment on Craig's List today.  It's under the free category. 

At 7:13pm on June 7, 2013, Gary A. Kimmons said…

Hi Matthew. Yes, this issue of the Gristmill seemed a little thicker than usual. I hope there is some good information in there for you. I don't get much out of them anymore but because I'm a life member I will always get them. Remember there will be a national meeting/swap meet in Springfield this year. No Area J meetings here otherwise. Jim Price is our only J Director now and he lives out of our area. No problem on the jar. Thanks for the honey last visit.


I don't have the space for a hugelkulture bed.  I can see the advantages of making one though. It would be a good teaching experiment for the kids, too. I've been studying this permaculture stuff lately and I see a lot of positives about it.


This has not been a good garden year for me so far. First, something got in my greenhouse and ate all of the leaves off the stuff I started and I had to do it all over again. The second go around is ready to plant. Like you my blackberries and black raspberries are coming on nicely. This is the first year for the blackberries and only about half of the plants are producing.  ???  The rest have leaves and are growing but no blossoms. The raspberries have reached a peak and this year is kind of a recovery year.  The rest of the garden that I have managed to get planted is ok but nothing to brag about.  I plan on spending the day on it tomorrow. 


No, I’ve never made sausage.  Sounds interesting.  I did perk up a bit when you mentioned the berry wine.  I gave some serious thought to making some dandelion wine this spring but didn’t.  I did do some research on it though.  I need to buy a book or two on the subject. 


You have had great success with your bees.  I was at the Farmer’s Market recently and discussed capturing bees with a lady there.  It’s doable but I don’t know where I would put a hive in my limited space. 


No chicken house yet but I’m working on the corner back there.  I actually have a couple of building projects planned for this year.  They were both on my list last year so please don’t place any bets on their completion any time soon.


I can talk forever so will shut up and let you go. 



At 5:35pm on April 6, 2013, Bill Buron said…

Matthew, thanks again I got the rasberries planted and they look good.  I soaked them before planting them and I think that they will all make it.

At 10:27am on January 10, 2012, Bill Buron said…

Thats my problem now> to much Dark Side woodworking.  I don't know if you ever saw any of the wooden canoes I used to sell but making them was HELL on the lungs

At 8:54am on January 10, 2012, Bill Buron said…

I don't domuch in the way of wood working any more.  to hard on my breathing. now when I do it is is quick and easy stuff


At 1:56pm on December 14, 2010, Galen Chadwick said…

Hi Matthew-

I've done a lot of Missouri syruping way back when.

Sap starts to rise any day after Dec 21st, when sun shines and air temp is above 32. Each subsequent sunny day day it goes higher up into tree. First sap is best, about 35:1 water to sugar concentration. As season wears on, dilution reaches 60% : 1, and costs go up, mineral content increases, which makes the darker, second grade syrup.

Springfield has (my estimate) 1,000+ large, old, front yard (close to street)  hard maple tree- more than enough to support a boutique cottage industry for someone, given tree owner/partnership/education campaign. A large tree can hold 4 - 6 1gal buckets, which will need emptying 2x day on good days. A sugar shack operation that uses wood for the heat source will need daily provision, production maintenance, and product supervision.


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