The Garden Enthusiast- Backyard Nature Station Update

October 2012


Fellow Backyard Nature Lovers,

We’ve gotten the first couple of fall orders in and we still need space!

Check for the SALE signs throughout the store.

Pottery – further markdowns taken – most are now 40-50% off

There are further markdowns and additions in the clearance section.


Old Town Tucker’s last farmer’s market will be this Sunday, October 28th from 10am - 2PM on Main Street. Come out and support these vendors for the last market of the year. Brockett Elementary will be there selling cider and hot chocolate to raise money for their 5th grade trip. The Girl Scouts will also be back as well as Dekalb Medical. Children can ‘trick or treat’ with the vendors. A costume contest will be held starting at 1pm. The vendors will help to choose the winners at 1:30 pm. There will also face painting and a raffle.



 With the ending of the Green Market on Main, beginning Sunday, November 4th, we will open the store at 12 Noon instead of 10am.



We wish to extend our condolences to the family of Marge Heal. Marge, co-owner of Hometown News (Tucker Times), died October 15th. She was a great friend of small business. We will miss her hometown spirit, tenacity, sense of humor and her friendship.



What's New in the Store?


Birding: Suet feeders (attract your woodpeckers and more!), Snowman feeder, Tanglefoot Bird Repellent Caulking (sticky coating that deters birds from roosting areas including rooflines, rafters, and window sills)


Garden art: Outdoor clocks, chimes, rain gauges, balancers, table fountains, wind spinners, key hiders, garden stakes and whirligigs, and good luck Ladybug rocks from Bob McOsker


Tool Shed: Plant Nanny wine bottle sets, watering globes and more. The Plant Nanny slowly releases moisture as the soil and root mass begin to dry, keeping the soil continuously moist. Roots use water efficiently.


Miscellaneous: Matmates for fall, note cards by Sharon Samford, 15 piece boxed miniature set, pottery from Pinetree Pottery (birdhouses and pitchers), books such as Cooking for the Birds

Children: Toys and books


We’ll have Christmas ornaments out the first part of November.


The November issue of Birds and Blooms featuring “Berries for Birds: 22 plants they’ll love” is in the store now.


Upcoming Events on Main Street

The following events are sponsored by the Old Town Tucker Merchant’s Association (OTTMA). Proceeds benefit the Main Street District.

December 6th (note: change of date) - Christmas on Main with music, Santa, food and craft vendors, children’s activities, lighting of the tree, and more. 6-9pm. Vendors will begin setting up as early as 3pm – you can start shopping then!


March 2, 2013 - Chili Cook-off


Classes & Events

(Note: preregistration is requested – class size is limited – call 404-474-7072 to register or for more information)

This Saturday, October 27th (10am-12pm) - You will have the opportunity to address your gardening questions and concerns with a member of the Dekalb Master Gardner Association, Jane McLean! Come in any time during the 10 -12 time frame to meet Jane. What is that plant? What’s wrong with my camellia? Ask Jane!

Saturday, November 10th (1pm-2pm) – Trees of Our Lives Dawn Hines, Master Gardener): Small Native Trees for the Landscape

2nd Annual Secret Santa – December 8th & 9th – Children can again purchase gifts for their parents, siblings and others. They’ll have cookies and juice, get to help with wrapping, and make a card to go with the gift. If you like, you can give us a list to help guide them.


2012 Best Backyard Squirrel Photo Contest

You came, you voted - and – the winner of the 2012 Squirrel Photo Contest is Mark Furr; 2nd place: Caroline Fuller and 3rd place: Linda Fuller.

Community Events (& SPIRIT)

Tucker Masonic Lodge was voted Fifth Masonic District of Georgia. Congratulations!

The Tucker Butterfly Garden’s (4898 Lavista Rd in front of the historic Browning Courthouse) next workday is Thursday, October 25th at 9am.  For more information contact Dawn Hines at [email protected].

Brockett Elementary will host their Fall Festival on October 26th from 4-7pm. Join the crowd for face painting, a cake walk, silent auction, an inflatable slide, a bounce house, games, crafts and more. $10/wristband.

REGISTER NOW! Fall Cleanup Event at Kelley Cofer Park 4259 N. Park Dr, Tucker,  GA  30084
Saturday, October 27, 2012  from 9 AM to Noon
Sign up yourself, your family, or your organization to be involved in this important community service project. 
DeKalb County requires liability waivers to be signed by/for all volunteers.  Youth (under 18) must have signed parental permission sheet. Youth under 12 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Reserve your rake or shovel today!  To register or for more information, please call Carol at 
404-374-4642 or e-mail to: [email protected].        

Local #7 recently began opening for brunch from 10am – 2pm every Sunday. Try it out!


Saturday, November 17th starting around 11am the Tucker Masonic Lodge will sell plates of BBQ pork, Cole slaw, baked beans, chips, bread, and a drink for $7.00 at the BBQ Pits on First Avenue behind the Christian Church.  Whole smoked hams will also be available for about $40.  Additionally, BBQ sandwiches will be ready to eat from mid-day on Friday the 16th through Friday night.  The food can be eaten there on tables, or bought in to-go containers. 

On Saturday, November 17th from 9am-noon there will be a "Give-An-Hour" workday at Johns' Homestead Nature Preserve Park to help revitalize the home and surrounding property. This clean-up is a joint venture between Friends of Johns' Homestead, DeKalb County, Tucker Civic Association, and the Tucker Historical Society and will be the first of many workdays to help restore the 50-acre nature preserve area and the homestead itself. The Johns' family built the first house in 1827 and lived and farmed the land until the 1980s. It is considered the oldest residential structure in Tucker.

Please bring your hammers, work gloves and pry bars to work on the house, and your shovels, rakes and hedge shears for landscaping. Please wear closed-toed shoes, long-sleeves and pants. Bottled water and light snacks will be provided. 


Here’s a tip from fellow Master Gardener (my friend and sister) in St. Louis: soak your plants that you’ve had outside in a 1part Clorox to 10 parts water solution before bringing them back in to ride them of bacteria, fungus and the odd bugs that may still be on them. If you see an active infestation of bugs, spray with insecticidal soap, too.


Some of you have you’ve been seeing new birds as part of the fall migration. So, like taking time to smell the roses, go out and take a few minutes to see what new birds have found your garden. It may bring a smile to your face!

Bird of the Month

·         In winter Downy woodpeckers are frequent members of mixed species flocks. Advantages of flocking include having to spend less time watching out for predators and better luck finding food from having other birds around.

·         In the winter time, the male and female Downy Woodpeckers split up and look for food. The males feed more on small branches and weed stems. Females feed on larger branches and trunks. Males keep females from foraging in the more productive spots. When researchers have removed males from a woodlot, females have responded by feeding along smaller branches.

·         Woodpeckers don’t sing songs, but they drum loudly against pieces of wood or metal to achieve the same effect. People sometimes think this drumming is part of the birds’ feeding habits, but it isn’t. In fact, feeding birds make surprisingly little noise even when they’re digging vigorously into wood.

·         Downy woodpeckers have been discovered nesting in the walls of buildings.

·         The oldest known Downy Woodpecker lived to be at least 11 years, 11 months old.

·         The Downy Woodpecker clutch size is 3-8 eggs and just 1 brood. Incubation period is 12 days. Nesting period is 18-21 days. Eggs are completely white.

Downy Woodpecker


Ongoing at The Garden Enthusiast-Backyard Nature Station

Wish List – it’s that time of year when people may be buying you gifts for the holidays. Surprises can be great. However, if you want to make sure you get that something special you have been wanting, put it on your wish list! Let your family and friends know you’ve got a list on file or ask for a Gift Certificate.

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 10am - 5PM (beginning November 4th we will open at 12)

Monday Closed

Contact us at 404-474-7072 or [email protected]