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Garden Classes & Seminar Schedule
February 20, 2010, 12:29 pm
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Here is the list of Garden Classes and Workshop/Symposiums that we will be holding this year. I hope you all can make it out to a few. As usual we will work hard to make them Educational and Fun.

5th ANNUAL ‘AQUATIC EXPO’

SATURDAY, MARCH, 27th & SUNDAY, 28th.  

“Giving My Water Garden A Facelift”

SATURDAY, APRIL 10TH 2010, 9am-2pm.

We will talk about and show how easy it is to “Re-do” an existing water feature! Maybe you have an existing pond that you installed or had installed for you and now you’re ready to expand. Maybe you want to add a stream to your pond or add a waterfall to a spitter pond. Maybe you have issues with your existing rock work and want to give it a whole new look. In this class we will show how easy it is to “Rebuild” an existing feature or just create a new look for it.  

 We will also do a Complete Pond Cleanout during the class as a continuation of the Aquatic Expo maintenance day that was rained out. I hope you all can make it.

How to create a, “Wildlife Garden Habitat”

MAY 8th, SATURDAY 2010 9am – 2pm.

 

12TH ANNUAL PARADE OF PONDS ! ! ! !

EVERY BODY LOOK . . . NEW DATE THIS YEAR ! ! !

JUNE 5TH, SATURDAY & JUNE 6TH, SUNDAY 2010.

Every year we host the Parade of Ponds for the JMCHS. We support them because of what they do for our community. They help get lost, injured and mistreated animals off the streets of Madison County. They try to help rescue any animals in need. But to do this it takes money. So we have decided to help donate funds to them to make this possible. And what better way to raise funds for charity than to have a Water-Garden, Tour.

Your donation gives you a chance to get out with your family and friends and see some beautiful gardens and enjoy the day. Then later that evening you can come out to the nursery and enjoy some good food and Live Music. If you didn’t see all of the Ponds that day you can finish them on Sunday, or visit your favorites again.

This is our yearly benefit for the Jackson Madison County Humane Society. 100% of ALL money raised goes to the Humane Society! Come on out and help raise some much needed funding for our local Humane Society and enjoy a UNIQUE experience!

TICKETS WILL BE $10 EACH, CHILDREN 12 & UNDER ARE FREE!

“Attracting Butterfly’s to you Garden”

JUNE 26TH, SATURDAY 2010 9am – 2pm.

In this class we will teach you how to design a Butterfly Garden and discuss what plants are necessary to “Host” your garden. Plants and Butterflies along with “Kits” will be available at this seminar for purchase. A BUTTERFLY RELEASE & CLASS WILL BE HELD ON THIS DAY! ! ! The class will be presented by Celeste Bursi of Butterflies in Memphis!

“Growing Culinary Herbs and Perennial Flowers in your Garden

JULY -10TH, SATURDAY 2010, 9am – 2pm.

“How to catch and re-use rainwater with a Rain Water Harvesting System”

AUGUST 21ST, SATURDAY 2010, 9am – 2pm.

“Planting our Fall Gardens”

SEPTEMBER 18TH, SATURDAY 2010, 9am – 2pm.

6TH ANNUAL MOONLIGHT POND TOUR

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH  DUSK TILL 11PM

12th Annual, Fall, Pond Maintenance Workshop

OCTOBER 16TH, SATURDAY 2010, 9am – 2pm.

QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY OF THE EVENTS ABOVE CAN BE ANSWERED BY CALLING US AT 731-424-2206 OR
1-888-371-5830  E-MAIL AT : jocarter@charter.net OR  CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: www.cartercountry.com

 More details will be listed as the events come up. Hope to see you here.

     ~ Mark Carter



Water Garden Clean out Checklist

Projects of any type benefit from advanced planning. Regardless of the type of project. Having all the necessary supplies on hand before you get started always makes it go faster and easier.

HELPFUL TIP: it’s good planning to get your fertilizer tabs now, BEFORE draining your pond and then realizing you should have got them when you bought your low temp bacteria and dechlorinator. This keeps you from running to the store in the middle of your clean-out (which can mean a whole day of work instead of a half day) and it allows you to fertilize your plants while the pond is drained instead of later when the pond is full again.
Planning ahead a little just means you can spend less time working on your pond and more time ENJOYING it!
1. Fish Net – Before you drain your pond for the spring clean-out, you’ll need to catch and relocate your fish. Purchasing a good quality net means doing this without injuring your fish during the catch and release.

2. Planting Pots – Spring clean-out is a great time to thin and divide plants that have grown out of bounds or crowded a pot. Make sure you have some aquatic plant pots handy so you can re-pot and share your new plants with other water gardeners.

3.Extra Gravel – After the freeze and thaw of winter, you’ll inevitably find rocks and gravel that have shifted, exposing bare liner. With an extra bag or two of gravel, you can cover exposed liner in a jiffy.

4. Lily Tabs – Take advantage of the water-free accessibility of water lilies, lotus, and other plants that may need to be fertilized, by having a container of lily tabs on hand when you’re doing your pond clean-out.

5. Container for Plant Debris – Grab an old plastic plant pot or bucket so you can easily dispose of any debris that you gather from the pond bottom or from dead plant matter.

6. Rubber Gloves and Boots – Spring clean-outs can be cold, wet, and messy. Arming yourself with boots and gloves will go a long way toward making this chore much less unpleasant.

7. Fish Container – A large tub will be needed so you can have a roomy place to keep your fish during the clean-out. Use water from the pond and use a small fountain pump to re-circulate  the water.

8. Net to Cover the Fish Container – Fish, especially large Koi, jump, and they may very well jump right out of the container that you have set up for them. Be sure to cover it with a net that is pulled tight across the container to prevent them from jumping.

9. Pump and Discharge Pipe – To drain the water out of the pond, you will need a pump and some discharge pipe. It’s OK to use your pond pump, but even better if you have an extra pump to lessen the wear and tare on your pond pump. About 2,000 GPH, depending on the size of your pond, will do the trick.

10. High Pressure Nozzle – Use a pressure nozzle on your garden hose to dislodge debris and algae from the rocks.

11. De-chlorinator – If you are on city water you will need to dechlorinate the newly filled pond before you put the fish back in.

12. Expanding Foam – Expanding foam may need a bit of a touch up in some areas. Be prepared with a can of it just in case.

13. New Filter Mats – Filter mats should be replaced approximately every 3 years. If you think it might be time, be prepared by purchasing replacements prior to your clean-out.

14. Pruners – Part of a spring clean-out is pruning back dead plant material from the previous season. Make sure you have a good pair of pruners and/or scissors to get the job done.

15. Plastic Rake – You can rake the leaves right out of your pond with a small plastic (child’s) rake. The plastic lessens the chance of damaging the liner and the small size makes it easier to maneuver in tight spots than an adult size rake.

With a little work you will be ready for a Great outdoor season.

      ~ Mark Carter



Preparing our Gardens for Spring!

It’s been a long, cold Fall and Winter season! Now it’s February and Spring is right around the corner, and I don’t know about you, but I  am ready! And now it’s time to get our gardens ready.

Prepping our Gardens correctly is the #1 thing that will help us to insure success over the upcoming growing season!
It takes a bit of work to do it right, BUT, the doing is my favorite part. It gets you out there, gets your hands dirty and gets you in tune with nature! This late Winter season and the “Pre quill” to Spring are actually my favorite times of the year. Watching how the tree buds swell in anticipation, watching the Daffodils emerge and brighten the landscape, hearing those peepers come out and sing on the first few warm nights, this is really a magical time of the year.

First things first – Clean Up! Get out the pruners, the leaf rake and the hoe. Cut back all last years dead foliage and rake up all the debris and leaf matter. Trim and prune those deciduous trees and shrubs and get rid of all the cuttings! Trim back your roses and vining plants on arbors and fences. Apply a coating of dormant oil to all your deciduous trees. Apply a fresh layer of mulch to your beds and trees, it will look great and it will protect your plants.
If you have a vegetable garden this is also a great time to perform a good clean up. I like to till the soil early and add in LOTS of good, organic soil amendments like Compost, Chicken manure, leaf mold, ash and lime. I always add some epson salt to my tomato beds and till the soil as deep as possible. This is a GREAT time of year to plant some cool season crops too. Turnips are quick to sow and will provide you with some delicious greens and vegetables. Other cool season crops to try : Carrots, lettuce, radishes, Brussels sprouts, beets, spinach and peas. All of these can be cultivated starting in early to mid February in our area and all of them will enhance your life to grow and eat them. If your not into early season gardening, your garden will be ready to re-till and plant come April for our warm season gardeners (Tomato’s, squash, beans, cucumbers, okra, etc…).

So it’s time folks! Get out there and enjoy the Abundance that our gardens bring to our lives! The season is upon us…

~ Mark Carter