April 29, 2002
The Backyard Gardener
by Swend Trefethen
Special to the Weekly
Several years ago I rebuilt a shed-like building into a closed-in garden shed/greenhouse. It's about 6' X 20' with one south-facing retaining wall. On the north side I framed in a couple of double-hung windows and sided the rest of the wall with 15 mil. visqueen using lattice to hold it in place. The building already had a corrugated fiberglass roof, so except for the door I built, it was closed in.
For all but four months of the year it makes a dandy shed and green house. I built a potting bench with some shelves underneath and some wire shelves above to hold flats and pots.
On a March day when the sun comes out it will get up to 75 degrees in there. On an overcast day, it will get to about 65 Ñ not bad when the outside temp is 50.
The other day when I walked in there to get some tools, a wren flew out from the lower shelf of the bench. I didn't think much about it until it happened again a day or so later.
I searched on the bottom shelf and found some grass and leaves and thinking she was trying to build a nest, I brushed them out on to the floor.
Two days later, I was back there and the same wren flew out of the same spot, but this time I saw where she came from.
She came out of the hole in the side of an old box of 4-12-12 bulb fertilizer.
I pulled the box out and lifted the two sides of the lids and there was the nest with the five eggs you see in the picture.
I put everything back like it was. When I went in there a few hours later, she was on the nest, so no harm was done. I'll let you know when and how many hatch.