Carter’s Garden Blog


5th. ANNUAL, PARADE OF PONDS PHOTO CONTEST
April 21, 2011, 8:29 am
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WOW! Summer is right around the corner! And with the Summer season comes our Annual Parade of Ponds Tours. We are hosting 3 separate Pond Tours this year and each one will be unique and each one will host it’s own Photo Contest! I hope that you will all take part and have a lot of fun in the process! It’s FREE and you can win some $$…

 
Last years Photo Contest was FUN. We had photos of pets, wildlife, nature, children playing, people relaxing and of course waterfalls, flowers and insects. It was delightful to see what interests people have. I know this year you will have tons of great photo opportunities to capture with the click of your shutter or the push of a button. Children, parents and grandparents can all enter the contest. There are so many beautiful settings to capture that perfect shot of your child or family members. Bring your friends along and get some great shots taken together. What better way to preserve the beauty of nature than to capture it on film. With settings like these it is nearly impossible not to create breath taking pictures. I take photos regularly, then I can look back year to year and see how much the gardens have matured. We have literally watched trees grow and Waterfalls grow moss thru captured photographs.
I hope you enjoy this summer on the Pond Tours & remember, each ticket purchased supports the Jackson Madison County Humane Society, so ticket holders hold more than just a ticket. They hold the chance to help a worthy cause and to spend the day with Friends, Family and a World of Beauty.
 
 
PHOTO CONTEST CATEGORIES:

(1) BEST NATURE (2) BEST PEOPLE & PONDS (3) BEST WATER FEATURE
 
EACH CATEGORY WILL HAVE A WINNER and each WINNER will receive a $50 Gift Certificate.
We will also award a BEST OVERALL PHOTO THAT CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF A WATER FEATURE. The Grand Prize Winner will recieve a $100 Gift Certificate!
 
RULES and REGULATIONS for CONTEST

 

1. All photos must be taken without causing any damage
or stress to the subject or the homeowners property.
2. All entries must be labeled with the applicants name,
address and phone number and the site # of the
Parade of Ponds entry.
3. All entries must be identified with the correct category
to be judged. The same Photo can not be submitted in
more than ONE category, BUT the contestant may
enter more than one photo per category if he or she
wishes.
4. All entries must be received by July 31st, 2011.
Winners names along with their photos, will be posted
on our website www.cartercountry.com by September 30th.
5. All entries shall become the exclusive property of
Carter’s Nursery, Pond and Patio, Inc., which reserves
the right to publish or reprint any entry for Carter’s
Nursery Pond & Patio purposes.

 
PHOTO QUALITY GUIDELINES, FOR ALL PHOTOS

Please use the highest resolution possible for
Digital photos (7 mega pixel or better please).
35 MM, slides and/or good quality 35 MM prints.
Email digital photos to cartercountry@charter.net.
mail slides and 35 MM photos to:
Photo Contest
2846 Old Medina Road
Jackson, TN. 38305.
 
 
Thanks and I will see you around the Ponds!
 
~ Mark Carter


Hummingbirds are Back!
April 8, 2011, 4:55 pm
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The Hummingbirds are back at the Carter House! I was “Buzzed” by 3 of my little friends yesterday evening and I am Happy. I LOVE my Hummingbirds! As of now, I have 4 feeders out and they are coming in for the season. Heads up!



Organic Gardening is easier than ever!

It’s that time again folks. Time to get your Vegetable Garden in order! And lots of people are getting on the ‘Organic’ road to Gardening.

I get so many questions about What to use and How to get started with Organics in the Garden. So here is a short and simple way to get started this Spring.

– Start with the Soil!
Get out there and clean out those weeds& grasses(mulch em’ into the Compost Pile!), crank up the tiller and break the ground. Till in some Organic Soil Amendments like – Composted Chicken Manure, Mushroom Compost & Worm Castings. If you have a Compost Pile, use your GREAT Homemade Compost for sure! A little lime will help & I always add some Epsom Salts, esp. to my Tomato beds!
By building you soil like this, you will set the stage for healthy, vigorous growth. You won’t have to apply any chemical fertilizers either.

– Feed your Plants Organically!
Start a program of feeding your plants Organically with Compost Tea and Fish Emulsions. You talk about Growth! They will blow you away! You can also side dress your plants with Composted Manure and Worm Castings. Works Great!

You can also buy Certified Organic Seeds for your Vegetables and Flowers. This makes all the difference in my opinion.

Come by the Nursery with any questions you have and we will help you. I have all these Organic Products available here at Carter’s Nursery.

If you do these few things you will be on your way to a Healthier, more Organic friendly lifestyle. You will be outside in your Garden and will reap all the benefits that your labors provide.

~Mark Carter