Most likely, they came from impulse purchases at the garden center, which I put away upon getting home and promptly forgot about. Anyway, a stash like that shouldn't go to waste, so I hung them out.
The northwest corner of my garden seemed like a good place; the houses are facing south/southeast, so they'll get the first rays of light in the morning, and when the leaves come on the trees, that corner of the garden is shady throughout the afternoon.
You can just barely make them out; it'll be fun to see whether there'll be any takers:
I think I'm probably a little late for this nesting season though. Some chickadees already have their nest well underway in the neighbor's nest box.
As for the rest of the garden, I had a nice surprise when I removed the row cover from the main bed. The greens I planted last autumn overwintered pretty well and have started growing again over the last few weeks:
and some raddichio.
They've been under 2 layers of row cover and a poly tunnel all winter, and along with the fact that we didn't get a lot of really cold weather, they faired pretty well. I got a pretty good harvest, and should get a couple more before I start spring planting in another 10 days or so.
The garlic is doing its thing. This is a hard neck variety, and I'm looking forward to garlic scapes, come June:
If you're wondering what all the drinking straws are about, most of them have fallen over, but I stuck them in the soil upright when I planted the garlic to deter the cats from digging there. They seem to love smooth, freshly worked soil, but once there's an obstacle course of straws or sticks, they lose interest. As the plants grow, they become their own obstacle course...if that makes any sense.
As I mentioned, I'm waiting another 10 - 14 days to plant the bulk of my spring crops, but I've put in peas, favas, and potatoes already.
Two years ago, I built a potato cage, which was fun and rather spectacular, I had high, high hopes, but I got a small harvest.
Last year I switched to these "grow bags", which are containers made out of a thick black cloth that allows some air and moisture circulation. I got a very small harvest.
But, I'm trying again...who knows maybe third time's a charm. Anyone have any potato-growing tips?
The good thing about the grow bags it that they save on real estate in the garden beds.