Hal is really getting into the maple sap collection this year. After putting out the 25 new stainless taps and wine jugs, he decided to buy some 3/16" tubing and T-connectors and create our first sugar bush. A sugar bush is simply a collection of maple trees, tapped and then instead of running their sap into individual containers they are connected to each other in a line of tubing that runs downhill into one container. This continual downhill slope creates a suction/vacuum that pulls the sap more efficiently so that we will get more sap per day. With the forecast temps reaching into the 50s and even 60s for the next 10 days and no real dips into freezing it's looking more and more like the season will be super short. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Here's a photo of part of his sugar bush. There isn't much to see, just blue tubes running about the forest and down slope into a bucket. Time for me to walk the pups and go check to see if the sap is flowing yet. Two of the 7 trees he tapped for his experiment started yesterday, with the temperature already 42 it's probable the rest will start today as well.