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Super, Blue, Blood Moon was a rare thing indeed | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN
January 31, 2018, 9:20 am
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This mornings Super Moon was rare! It was not only a “Super Moon” (at perigee/closest to earth), it was a Blue Moon (2nd. Full Moon in the same month) & It was a Blood Moon (Lunar eclipse). So adding all this up together, it was a VERY rare thing to see! To put it into understandable numbers – This hasn’t happened since 1866! That was right after the Civil War! WOW!

This is the first Blue/Blood Moon since 1866. It won’t happen again in our lifetime.

This combo of Super Blue/Blood Moon wont happen again in our lifetime… Pretty cool if you ask me 🙂 Did you see it? Also interesting is the fact that February won’t have a Full Moon at all this year… Next Full Moon is the Full Worm Moon, Thursday March 1st.

Have a GREAT Day!

Don’t forget – Spring is Coming!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
www.cartercountry.com

 



When do I apply Dormant Oil to my fruit trees? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Question – When do I apply Dormant Oil to my fruit trees?

I get this question all the time. The name really says it all – Dormant oil… You apply it when the tree are fully dormant, before the buds break in late winter/early Spring. Its the first step in any fruit tree spray program and probably the most important. When you spray your trees with this product, it will smother overwintering insects like – aphids, scale & mites. It will also kill their eggs. Don’t skimp, wet the tree limbs and trunk down till they are soaking wet & dripping.

Inexpensive and easy to apply, Dormant Oil is your first step in a fruit tree spray program. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

  • Dormant oil will have an added emulsifier to help it mix with water in your sprayer. But shake it well and shake it often 🙂
  • Make sure to spray on a day where it will be above freezing for at least 24 hours.

A little more advice – clean up last years leaf matter, fallen fruit and branches, etc. This will help insure that overwintering insects and fungi are out of the way.

I Hope this helps you get started down the road to better quality fruit and healthier trees.

Here’s to Spring!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
www.cartercountry.com


Inspiration from Thoreau…

My grandparents were instrumental in my becoming a lifelong Gardener! So many days were spent with them planting and weeding and picking and preserving… Such great memories 🙂 My grandfather played a game with me to teach me to identify trees at a distance. I knew almost every tree by the time I was 10! My whole family has a true love for nature. Our Summers were spent in the woods & around the streams & creeks of the TN River playing and fishing. I wouldn’t trade my childhood for anything!

When I was around 10 years old my grandma Kay gave me a book of stories, quotes and journal entries of Henry David Thoreau & suggested that I read it. I took her advice & it really opened my eyes & made me think.

My Grandmother gave me this book when I was 10 years old. I still have it and I still reference the quotes and pictures all these years later. Thoreau really speaks to me…

 

I chose to become a professional Landscape & Water Feature Designer so I could do and be around what I love, nature! Reading his journal from all these years ago makes me smile. If he were alive today, he would be a daily blogger 🙂 I write a daily blog about ponds, streams & gardening – my passions! This is one of my favorite quotes from Thoreau. I feel the same way sometimes. I need to write it down in someway or it will just spill over and run to waste 🙂

“My Journal is that of me which else would spill over and run to waste, gleanings from the field which in action I reap. I must not live for it, but in it for the gods. They are my correspondent, to whom daily I send off this sheet postpaid. I am clerk in their counting-room, and at evening transfer the account from my day-book to ledger. It is as a leaf which hangs over my head in the path. I bend the twig and write my prayers on it; then letting it go, the bough springs up and shows the scrawl to heaven. As if it were not kept shut in my desk, but were as public a leaf as any in nature. It is papyrus by the riverside; it is vellum in the pastures; it is parchment on the hills. I find it everywhere as free as the leaves which troop along the lanes in autumn. The crow, the goose, the eagle carry my quill, and the wind blows the leaves as far as I go. Or, if my imagination does not soar, but gropes in slime and mud, then I write with a reed. “
    ~ Henry David Thoreau
Happy Pondering,
Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206


Sunday reflections …

I love to walk around my property on Sundays and observe nature. Observing the trees and plants, what’s starting to show signs of Spring, what needs trimming & pruning, ideas for new things to plant. I love to watch & feed the birds and check on my Koi too 🙂 There’s not a lot of “growing” going on to enjoy out there for the moment, but I think we are in for a BEAUTIFUL Spring! All this rain & the ice and snow melting has replenished our ground water and put LOTS of important nutrients back into the soil. The buds are swelling on many shrubs & trees 🙂 More signs…

I love the words that Rosalie used to describe this time of year and its great importance.

“January is the quietest month in the garden. … But just because it looks quiet doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. The soil, open to the sky, absorbs the pure rainfall while microorganisms convert tilled-under fodder into usable nutrients for the next crop of plants. The feasting earthworms tunnel along, aerating the soil and preparing it to welcome the seeds and bare roots to come.”
– Rosalie Muller Wright – Editor of Sunset Magazine.

January is almost over & soon we will start the show to beat all shows! Spring time in Tennessee!  Enjoy your day!

See ya’ mañana 😉

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com



How do I get my Garden ready for Spring? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackon, TN

Here’s an oldie but goody! I get this question EVERY year, multiple times!

Question : How do I get my Garden ready for Spring?

Answer : Make a chore list & get started now 🙂

I was asked this question on the radio yesterday morning. We all had some fun talking about working in your garden and gave out some good advice for sure. So this little list is an extension from that for all the folks who didn’t have time to make notes.

Of course clean up is job 1. Rake up those leaves and sticks and debris from the fall and winter. This is so important for the success of your garden! Not only is all that debris unattractive, it can be a home for overwintering insects as well as fungi that can get right back on your plants.

Then –

– Trimming and Pruning! This is a great time of year to get out there and do some trimming.Cut back you Roses, Ornamental Grasses, Perennials, and most Ornamental Shrubs like hollies and boxwoods. Not azaleas yet… Wait until they have bloomed to trim these Limb up those trees in the landscape and along the borders too. Many people ask me WHEN to prune their Crape Myrtles, IF you haven’t already, do it now – It’s time!

Simple pruning tools, organic products and natural compost will make gardening healthy and easier.

– Spray you fruit trees! Start out with a good Dormant Oil spray. Mix as directed on the label and spray well. This is the first step in a Spray program and is well worth the effort!

– Prepare your Soil in the Vegetable Garden! This is a wonderful time to clean up your vegetable garden! Clean out old plants and weeds, till the soil and add some good organic amendments – Chicken Poop, Black Cow manure, lime, Epson Salt, Mushroom Compost and Earthworm Castings. After you till your garden space, rake it out and plant some cool season vegetables like turnips, collards, carrots, radish, and the cool season list goes on…

We have organic compost and gardening supplies at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

– Fertilize! This is a great time to fertilize your Shrubs and Trees! This is a great time to fertilize your cool season lawns too. You can use a good balanced fertilizer like 15-15-15 for most chores or you can “Go Green” with a Organic fertilizer like Milorganite. Another GREAT Organic choice is to side dress your shrubs, trees & other plants with Composted Manure! Chicken Poop is my favorite and we have it available at the Nursery.

– Mulch! Aged Hardwood Bark Mulch is the most popular for ornamentals. But there are other great mulches too! Like pine bark, pine needles, cypress mulch, lava rock and decorative gravel. All these are great and really help your plants – it keeps weeds down and looks beautiful, it stabilizes soil temperature, protects the root system, protects the trunk of your trees from mechanical damage from mowers and string trimmers and much more! Mulch is the answer.

We have bulk mulch in stock for your projects at Carters nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, TN 38305!

– Planting! This is an awesome time to plant most any ornamental plants in your landscape! Trees, shrubs, bulbs and more! Get your plan together, go by the nursery and get those beautiful plants in the ground.

OK, I just gave you LOTS to do…. Lets get out there and enjoy the coming season!

Here’s to Spring!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com



” HOW can I try gardening at an easy, entry level? I have NEVER grown anything.” | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

This question was from the radio show today. I thought it was a good question, so I chose it to be the

“Friday radio/blog question” – Only the 2nd one so far.

Question – “HOW can I try gardening at an easy, entry level? I have NEVER grown anything.”

Answer –

  • My suggestion is to try something simple but with meaning. Something that will reward your labor. How about a “salsa container garden”.
  • This will require 3 containers (minimum, you can do more if you want) You can stay simple with 3 gal. plastic pots or you can get glazed pottery, or even build a small raised bed to grow your plants. I say start somewhere in the middle. If you enjoy this hobby, you can add more containers or branch out to raised beds or a small plot.
  • Use quality potting soil labeled for edibles. I use an organic potting mix.
  • Go to a local Independent Garden Center and pick out a few basic staple plants – 1/Tomatoes (My favorite is Cherokee Purple) 2/Peppers(Bell &/or Jalapeño) 3/Cilantro (you can get a plant or a packet of seeds. Easy to germinate & grow).
  • Get a good organic plant food to use on your new Salsa Garden and make sure you know how to apply it & how often to water and feed!

    Container Gardening is fun and rewarding. Edible Ornamental’s are VERY popular for a good reason – So Beautiful!

Then watch your plants grow and produce organic vegetables for you to enjoy! I add chopped onion, a little garlic, lime juice & a little salt & pepper. WOW! Nothing better than fresh SALSA!

This will be an easy, rewarding way to get your feet wet in the hobby of Gardening! Be careful though, It’s addictive! 🙂

Thanks & Enjoy the Weekend!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com



How-To attract a variety of birds to your Water Feature | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I LOVE to watch the birds bathe and drink from my pond! The water is like a magnet to birds and other wildlife. But if you really want to draw in the birds – you need to feed them 🙂 It’s easy! To attract a variety of birds to your backyard, put a assortment of feeders at various height’s and placements in your Landscape and watch them show up in numbers.

Platform feeders are great! You can use a wild bird feed mix OR just use black oil sunflower seeds. They ALL love them!

Black oil Sunflower seeds are great! Most birds LOVE them and if you buy in bulk they are very inexpensive.

I also love to feed the Gold Finches! They flock to our feeders and sometimes come in flocks that number in the dozens.

Gold finches are one of my favorites! Black thistle seed is their preferred food. If you put it out, they will come!

Even in the Winter when most of the plants are dormant, the birds are still here. They still visit our Ponds and Water Features to get a drink or bathe and if you feed them, they will put on a show.

Birds come all day long to get a drink and even bathe. Try setting up some feeders in your viewing area and watch them flock to the WATER!

I hope you enjoy feeding our little feathered friends as much as I do!

Happy Pondering!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com

 



Pond Cleanouts are on the horizon | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It’s almost time to start our yearly pond maintenance crews to cleaning Ponds & Water Gardens again. And people are already calling in to get their name on our maintenance list! Its always exciting to get ready for another great season with our Water Gardens and a proper Spring cleaning is the key to success!

Capture & place the fish in tanks and then thoroughly clean debris, straiten up rocks & gravel, clean all filters and wash the pond down before refilling.

After the Water Feature is thoroughly cleaned and re-filled and the fish reintroduced, start adding fresh Cold Temperature Bacteria to the Pond to get the system up and running right.

Using natural Water Treatments will really help keep your Pond in tip top shape! Carters Nursery stock a complete line of Water Treatment for Water Gardens, Ponds & Lakes.

We clean a LOT of Ponds for our clients! But many people enjoy cleaning their own Ponds in the Spring. We carry all the products for the Do It Yourselfers! Fish Nets, Pumps, Filters, Filter media, Pond Detox, Pond Bacteria, Fish Medications, Fish Food, etc… Call with any questions – we can help 😉 731-424-2206.

We have all the supplies in stock that you will need to clean-up and touch up your Water Feature | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

For the all the DIY’s out there, here’s a little checklist to help you be ready.  My experience has taught me that projects of any type benefit from advanced planning. 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 Aquatic Plant 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 Nets – 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 & aquatic plant soil 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. Aquatic Plant Fertilizer – 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 aquatic plant fertilizer 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 or tank will be needed so you can have a roomy place to keep your fish during the clean-out. Use water from the pond to fill the tank 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. Pond Detox – Always detox 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.

Happy Pondering!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com

 



Recreational Ponds | Natural Swimming Pools (NSP’s) | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Many have heard the term “Recreational Pond” or “Natural Swimming Pool” but what does that mean?

Simply put, we are talking about playing and/or swimming in naturally filtered, chemical free water! Clean and crystal clear, filtered only with biological filtration & plants – NO chlorine or other harmful chemical’s! Surrounded by the beauty of nature… Sound good?

Here are some images of some Recreational Ponds & Natural Swimming Pools (NSP’s) that we have deigned and built.

Recreational Ponds & Natural Swimming Pools (NSP) are :
  • Low Maintenance – Taking care of your Natural  Pool/Pond is fun & simple. Skimmers help  with the removal of physical debris & mother nature keeps the water clean and clear.
  • Beautiful – The sight and sound of crystal clear flowing water & nature = Instant Beauty. PLUS – enjoy your feature year round!
  • Safer – Play &/or Swim without the exposure to toxic chemicals! This also helps the environment!
  • Can be designed to fit anywhere a traditional pool or pond can go.– Always custom designed, VERY flexible and always a work of art!
  • Great for Birds, Butterflies and pets – All the benefits and none of the drawbacks! Your pets can safely drink from the feature and the birds bathe and splash around in the available water.
  • Add value to your home & LIFE!

I hope this peaks your interest in a Recreational Pond and/or NSP! Please give me a call for more information.

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com



Already missing the snow…
January 22, 2018, 11:19 am
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The snow has completely melted now… Up until late last night there was still a little bit and I thought it might be “waiting around on some more” 🙂 But, no such luck… I love Spring & Summer! But I also LOVE the beauty of Winter & the snow! I also LOVE the anticipation of Spring that the melting of the snow brings 🙂

Here is my beautiful, blooming Water Garden in Summer. Your welcome to come by and see it during business hours at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Here is the same Water Garden in Winter. No blooms, but still BEAUTIFUL! |Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I Do a Spring/Summer & Fall Water Garden/Pond tour every year. I’ve always wanted to do a Winter Pond/Garden tour too… BUT, I don’t know if it’s possible? To many risk factors perhaps. In any case, I hope you enjoy these pictures and this short video of the Pond.

Happy Pondering!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com