Well, not a great start for me. I had a property that the owner(my doctor) is pretty protective of. He doesn't want people on it but we've gotten to be friends and he said I could go and dig some seng, but only when he knew I was there. There is a pretty big sugaring operation there so I thought it would be good. I scouted once and didn't find anything, but I did't get out to this ravine, so I thought I'd go opening day if it was ok w/ the Dr. I had a Dr's appointment this past week so we set it up. 3 hour hike....nothing! Maiden hair, blood root, cohosh and many other companion plants, but no seng!
Oh well I still have plenty of times to get to some good spots. It did feel great to get into the woods w/ my digging tools!
I stoped at a regular spot just to bury some berries on the way home and managed to dig these two decent ones. One is 25 years and the other 20.
You have broken the ice for this group. I know that it must have felt good just to get out in the woods and scout, besides bringing two nice roots home with you. We're all living vicariously through you for a few more days. I hope you find many more this season.
Hey Maya, if nothing else, that was a good warmer upper lol.. I like your style of digging, I love to see good size roots that have been carefully dug.
Wish there were more but I haven't gotten to any good spots yet.
Hillhopper, your talking my language! Last year I got an extra $100 per pound by digging right. You want top dollar, dig older root and try and keep as many of the hair root in tact as possible! I looked at 3 ohter roots yesterday but they were in that 6-10 year range...not what I'm looking for.
I made a quick hike up the mountain to an area just below where I found the big ones a couple years ago. I found a handfull of plants that were right up along the bottom of a 15' ledge. The plants were all very small...., but oh my did they have some age to them. One was about 35 yo, 3 around 40 and one just over 50! All right around an ounce.