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Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio 2014 EVENTS
February 21st., 22nd & 23rd. – West TN. Home, Lawn & Garden Show at the Jackson, Tn. Fairgrounds. Come see our BEAUTIFUL Displays and enjoy the early SPRING with us.
MARCH 21st. & 22nd.(Friday & Saturday)- The Spring Fling with the Memphis Master Gardeners. At the Red Barn at the Agricenter in Memphis. Come down and see us 😊
MARCH 29th. – Carter’s Nursery Spring Festival & Customer Appreciation Day! Something for the whole family! Workshops & classes, a Petting Zoo & Pony Rides for the kids + GREAT FOOD for all! Come out and help us kick off SPRING! (Saturday 9am. till 2pm.) This is a FREE event!
April 4th. – (Friday) We will be speaking for the Madison County Master Gardeners in Jackson, Tn. on the topic of Water Gardening. The meeting will start at 6:30pm. at the West Tn. Research & Education Center. Come out and join us.
April 5th. – (Saturday) We will be setting up at the Tipton Co. Master Gardeners Annual Lawn & Garden Expo. in Brighton, Tn. Come by and see our display.
April 20th. – EASTER Sunday!
April 26th. – Water Gardening 101! We will go over how to Design, prepare & build an ALL Natural, “Low Maintenance” Water Garden of your own! Get your hands dirty OR just watch and join the discussion and enjoy a morning in the garden. 9am. till lunch…
May 11th. – Mother’s Day! DON’T miss this one! 😊
May 17th. – 16th annual Spring POP Tour – Our ‘Spring’ Pond Tour. 1st. of the season! (Sat. after Mother’s Day) – A FUN and Beautiful Day! This is a Self Guided Tour and this is a Fundraiser for the Jackson Humane Society. Tickets are $10 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!).
Evenings By The Pond! Come out and enjoy a laid back evening by the pond. We always have a educational discussion, good food & friends!
- The 1st. one of the season will be hosted by Mark Carter & family at the Nursery on Thursday, May 8th. at 6:30pm.
- Other dates and places are TBA.
June 7th. (Saturday) 9am – Butterfly Release: We will have 2 great guest speakers, information on creating your own butterfly garden & a LIVE BUTTERFLY RELEASE! Bring the kids AND bring a CAMERA!.
June 15th. – Father’s Day! Let’s remember dad!
June 21st. – 16th annual Summer POP Tour – Our ‘Summer’ Pond Tour (Always the Saturday after Father’s Day). A FUN and Beautiful Day! This is a Self Guided Tour and this is a Fundraiser for the Jackson Humane Society. Tickets are $10 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). ~ This is also the night of the “Moonlight Luau!” Live music! + We cook a whole hog in the ground “Kalua Style” and have a party beneath the stars! This is a DON’T MISS event!
July 4th. (Friday) – Independence Day! We will be closed the 4th., 5th. & 6th. in observance of the holiday!
-July 19th. – Getting Your Feet Wet with Water Gardening! This is our annual Summer OPEN HOUSE at Carter’s Nursery! Take part in our Classes, Tour our Gardens and Ponds & stay for lunch with the Mark Carter “Pond Guy” and crew for a great day of Fun and Learning.
-August 16th. – Aquatic Plants in the Landscape!
-September 13th. – Topic TBA.
October 11th. – 10th annual Moonlight Pond Tour. This is our Annual Night Time Pond Tour! The tour always falls on a Saturday Night closest to the Full Moon!! Don’t miss this Unique Garden Tour Experience!
October 25th. – Fall Festival/Customer Appreciation Day. Come take part in our Workshops & Classes! FREE LUNCH for ALL that come! Petting Zoo & Pony Rides for the kids! BIG SALES for the Fall Season for all that come!
Thanks, and I hope to see you all here! Call me with any questions at #731-424-2206. Here’s to a GREAT 2014!
~ Mark Carter
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This has been on my mind since January 1st.! Folks, this is the 25th. Anniversary of Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio! A “Quarter of a Century” of doing what we do… WOW! The first thing I need to do is say “THANK YOU” to all of YOU! We have the best customers in the world! AND, dare I say, the most loyal! Thank you for all the business and opportunity that you have afforded us, we could not have done it without your generous support!
I am working on a ‘retrospect’ of the last 25 years so we can all get a look back. I will post this as soon as I get it finished. There aren’t enough words to express the emotion I am feeling right now as I type this… Just know that it has been a GREAT ride! Very few people get to do what they love doing with the people that they love the most. I have been truly blessed! AND, I am looking forward to another 25 years ahead! Thanks again & I look forward to seeing you all around the Garden this year
Happy New Year! It’s COLD folks, BUT…. Spring follows Winter! And I am ready for a GREAT Spring season! We are busy planning 2014′s event schedule as we speak I will get it published ASAP and we can go into another great year in the garden together.
– See y’all soon. Here’s to 2014!
Filed under: General Blog Entry's | Tags: Fall and Winter Water Garden Care, Pond Maintenance, Water Garden Maintenance
I post this every year, it’s very important to be prepared for Winter! I hope this helps…
PLANTS AND DEBRIS:
Remove plant debris and other organic matter. Excess organic matter can contribute to increased algae growth. A large amount of leaves collected in the bottom of your pond will decompose and produce tannins. This can be harmful to your fish and reduce water clarity. Leaves can also collect in the stream and cause a plant dam. It is very important to keep your skimmer net cleaned out regularly during the heavy leaf fall, DAILY if needed. Pond netting which can be purchased at Carter’s Nursery can make these things less problematic and will make it easier on you during the winter.
When water temperatures reach 55 degrees F, stop feeding your fish or start using Low Temp fish food. (Available at Carter’s Nursery) At these temperatures, their metabolism slows down and eating normal food can make them sick or even cause death. You should always end their feeding cycle with LOW TEMP OR ANTIBIOTIC FISH FOOD.
Leaving your waterfall running all winter will not hurt anything. As matter of fact, it could give you some beautiful photo op’s. The running water will make some breath taking natural ice sculptures. So keep your camera handy. And get some close ups. But be sure to watch out for ice dams. These can cause your pond to lose some excessive amounts of water.
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER break the ice by banging on it!It can cause your fish great harm – it can even KILL them! To allow the escape/exchange of gasses in a frozen over pond, keep a hole open in the ice. This is IMPORTANT!!! It will keep the gases from building up under the ice and allow for oxygen exchange and keep your fish from suffocating. This will also allow the pump to get water if the surface is frozen. If you have a skimmer, this will be MUCH easier on you! The water movement will help keep the ice from forming. You may need to keep the hole open by adding water from a water hose, bucket or pan of water. (If you use your water hose be sure to drain it when finished-to keep it from freezing and bursting, or keep it in your garage). You can also use a floating heater or a small pump in a shallow area to “flash up’ and break the water surface.
LOW TEMP. BACTERIA:
Use Low Temp bacteria treatments when the water reaches 55 degrees F. This will help keep the pond clean, keep the water healthy and make your Spring pond clean out much easier.
I hope this helps! I enjoy the winter, it is really a great season! So many birds visit the Pond to drink and eat, it’s a wonderful time to do all my garden planning and I know that Spring is right around the corner!
MERRY CHRISTMAS! & HAPPY NEW YEAR!
~ Mark Carter
There’s a crispness in the air that greets the morning sun, a feeling of anticipation, a new day has begun.
Harvest days are ending, winter is drawing near, yet in between is surely the most special time of year.
They call it Indian Summer, and it seems to fit the bill, for it’s as if the Lord took a feathered brush and painted all the hills.
Now as I sit contented, atop of one of these, a book in hand to pass the time, the sound of a gentle breeze,
I can almost imagine an Indian child upon this mountaintop, looking down at the land of her forefathers, lost within her thoughts
For in every persons lifetime some heartache may occur, but on these hills in quiet solitude, God helps us to endure.
So I say that the eyes are a window, beauty is found within the soul, and upon the hills of Autumn, that are strewn with red and gold.
Filed under: General Blog Entry's | Tags: Compost Tea, Composted Manure, Composting
I am re-posting this. Hope it helps!
FALL is one of my Favorite seasons! Cooler weather, Fall planting and gardening and all the great family gatherings and food are wonderful. Fall is also a GREAT time to start a compost pile. All those leaves, plants and grasses to cut back and all of the upcoming holiday food scraps add up too a great supply of usable components in a compost pile!
Starting a Compost pile is quick , easy and won’t cost you anything to get started! Compost is one of nature’s best mulches and soil amendments and you can use it instead of chemical fertilizers. Compost improves soil structure, texture and increases the soil’s water-holding capacity. Compost loosens clay soils and helps sandy soils to retain water. The organic matter in compost provides food for microorganisms, which in turn keeps the soil in a healthy, balanced condition. Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus are produced naturally by the feeding of microorganisms, so few if any soil amendments will need to be added.
It’s easy to get started .
-Bag your grass clippings and mulch up all those leaves for the compost pile!
-Save those kitchen scraps and add them to the compost pile. Kitchen scraps are typically high in nitrogen, which helps heat up the compost pile and speed up the composting process. Egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peels and scraps are good candidates for the compost pie. But DON’T add meat, grease or other animal products!
- With a compost pile, bigger is often better. Heat builds up with a bigger pile, but you don’t want to get much bigger than about 3 feet by 3 feet, if it’s too big it can be hard to work around. Multiple piles may be in order .
- Aerate your compost! If you are composting with a pile, or in a static (non-tumbling) compost bin, be sure to mix up the contents so that the pile gets oxygen and can break down effectively. Insert a few pvc pipes to get oxygen to the core and Turn it with a pitch fork from time to time .
- Don’t let the compost completely dry out. A compost pile needs moisture to keep the composting process active , BUT , don’t keep it too wet.
- Too much of any one material will slow down the composting process. If you have all leaves, all grass clippings or an overload of any other single type of material, it can throw off the balance of the pile. It’s best to keep a balanced mix of green (nitrogen) and brown (carbon) materials.
When ready, this compost will be wonderful for the whole garden!
Good Luck and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
- Mark Carter