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Garden and Maple syrup

March has seen us enjoy many a warm sunny day.  Warm days and freezing nights means good news for maple syrup. It creates the internal pressure needed to make the sap flow.  We tapped forty sugar maple trees again this year and boiled down their sap into five gallons of syrup. That's one quart per tree. Thanks to the foresters who helped tap the trees and everyone who helped collect and boil down the sap through lunch and into the evening.
Warm weather also means good growth in the production greenhouse where spinach, lettuce, asian greens, radishes, kale and broccoli raab are perking up. Meanwhile, the propagation greenhouse is filling up with onions, leeks, celeriac, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflowers, cabbages, kohlrabis, parsley, tat soi, pac choi and many flowers.
 
Outside, the first peas have been sown, the fruit trees and the berries are being pruned and the chives and nettles are growing. Spring has come again!  

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