The Garden Enthusiast- Backyard Nature Station Update
Fellow Backyard Nature Lovers,
We have lots of great gifts, stocking stuffers, and - gift certificates for those you’re just not sure what to get – available for these last few days of holiday shopping.
We will be open on Monday, December 24th until 3pm. We will be closed on Christmas Day, December 26th, and 31st.
Like us on Face book (and print out the page to bring in) between now and December 31st and receive 5% off your total purchase.
Every time you make a purchase between now and December 24th, you can enter into a drawing for a gift basket. We’ll pick the winner of the gift basket at 3pm on the 24th.
Now is a great time to be plowing manure and leaves into your
garden. This will make a difference in the fertility and water-holding capacity
of the soil. Have you done a soil sample lately? Take one to the Dekalb
Extension Service on Memorial Drive. The results come from the University of
Georgia and reveal what your soil may be missing. If you need to add lime, it’s
best to do it now to get more benefit from it in the spring
If you haven’t done so yet, now is the time to pull out any annuals to tidy up the garden. Try harvesting some of the dried seed heads and dried flowers for your winter bouquets.
It’s also a good time to prune trees – shape them up and get rid of dead branches.
Many people are reporting quite a few bluebirds in their garden now. Offer them mealworms, sunflower meats or suet to keep them happy.
Window feeders are a popular gift for yourself or others. They offer a front row seat for watching birds and are a great way to introduce beginners to bird watching. For those who may be bed/homebound, it offers a delightful way to stay in touch with the outdoors and nature. It has also been reported that when a feeder is placed in a window, it reduces window strikes by breaking up the reflection.
Bird of the Month: Cedar Waxwing
· Cedar waxwings are approximately 6–7 in
· Cedar waxwings have a small cluster of bright red feathers on the wings. Adults have a pale yellow belly. Immature birds are streaked on the throat and flanks, and often do not have the black mask of the adults.
· During courtship the male and female will sit together and pass small objects back and forth, such as flower petals or an insect. Mating pairs will sometimes rub their beaks together affectionately.
Christmas Bird Count
The 113th Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14, 2012 through January 5, 2013 and it’s free to participate.
From December 14 through January 5 thousands of volunteers throughout America take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.
Each of the citizen scientists who annually brave snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.
To join up or for more information go to http://netapp.audubon.org/cbc/public/.
Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years to each of you!
Hope to see you soon,
Linda, Brittany, Jessica, Jeremy, Stephen & Greyson
The Garden Enthusiast - Backyard Nature Station
2316 D Main Street
Tucker, GA 30084
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 6PM
Sunday 12PM - 5PM
Contact us at 404-474-7072 or [email protected] – we love to get your feedback!