Carter's Water Garden

A Live Tour Of One Of Our Display Pond at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN



I am trying to produce a few Video Walk-through Tours of the different water features and outdoor areas here at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio. This is a non-edited “Live” video – so excuse any mistakes 🙂 It was such a beautiful morning I just wanted to share this with you. If you haven’t been to my Nursery you are welcome to come by and tour the Gardens and the greenhouses if your ever in the area.

Thanks and have a GREAT day!

Happy Pondering!

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

Hump Day Koi Fix | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Today lets look at a beautiful breed of Koi that is favored by Koi collectors the world over. The Goromo Koi –

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The Goromo’s origin started from the spawning of a male Kohaku and a female Narumi Asagi in the early 1950’s. The Asagi is one of the oldest varieties of Koi and has been the base for many of the varieties we love so much today (Kohaku, Koromo, Matsuba and many more)…

In Japanese ‘koromo’ means robed. This term has been used to describe several varieties of Koi in this grouping. The most popular and best known is the Ai Goromo (pictured above). It’s a white Koi with a “Hi” pattern very similar to a Kohaku – but each red scale is edged with black OR dark blue (going back to the Asagi). To be show quality they should have the same basics as a good Kohaku – snow white skin, deep red/crimson hi & great patterns. Young Koi should show a faint lining along the scales, because this seems to increase with age. Too much in a young Koi usually indicates that the color will eventually overwhelm it.

There are three (3) sub-types of Goromo –

Budo Goromo – They have a blue edging outside the scales the creates a “grape cluster” effect.

Ai Goromo – Blue or black edging only on the inside of the red scales.

Sumi Goromo – Black edging on the scales that can sometimes make the patterns appear completely black.

I hope you enjoy learning more about your Koi 🙂

Till next week…..

Happy Pondering!


Mark Carter

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

A quick ‘Tuesday Tour’ at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I want to introduce you to my Nursery & all my greenhouses & Waterfalls & displays. So here is a quick walkthrough of the front entrance to my retail shop. Water Features greet you from the time you pull into my business! You even walk across a stone bridge over the water on the way to my front stoop. This is just the beginning of Carters Nursery’s displays and gardens! I will post several more video’s over the next short while. I hope you enjoy 😊



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

Memorial Day. Monday, May 28th. 2018
May 28, 2018, 6:29 am
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Me·mo·ri·al Day / məˈmôrēəl ˌdā / noun
A day on which those who died in active military service are remembered, traditionally observed on May 30 but now officially observed on the last Monday in May. By act of congress Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971. Many still call the day ‘Decoration Day’… Today we honor the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. “All gave some. Some gave all”.

Decoration Day

Sleep, comrades, sleep and rest
On this Field of the Grounded Arms,
Where foes no more molest,
Nor sentry’s shot alarms!

Ye have slept on the ground before,
And started to your feet
At the cannon’s sudden roar,
Or the drum’s redoubling beat.

But in this camp of Death
No sound your slumber breaks;
Here is no fevered breath,
No wound that bleeds and aches.

All is repose and peace,
Untrampled lies the sod;
The shouts of battle cease,
It is the Truce of God!

Rest, comrades, rest and sleep!
The thoughts of men shall be
As sentinels to keep
Your rest from danger free.

Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


I Love Sunday poems …


The way Sunday sits in its secret hideaway
At the end of the week
It’s legs carelessly kicking at the lake,
with wet bare feet
Making concentric circles in the water with
It’s toes

That’s how you make me feel.

~ JM Romig

Sunday Reflections…

My Sunday morning started at midnight! It was one of those perfect evenings where the temperature is perfect, the bugs are few & time flies by in a flash. The Moon had a hazy ring around it & it reflected off of everything!

What a beautiful moon! The roof of my house was glowing in the dark 😊

Before I knew what was going on is was after Midnight… We were hanging out by the Pond talking & feeding the fish. I was messing with the lights a bit trying to make everything perfect😊 The Pond is looking so good! All the plants are just exploding with growth & blooming so nice!

The water is crystal clear! The lights are so beautiful. Pictures just don’t do it justice!

So my Sunday Reflections started with the light of the waxing moon. This is already looking like a beautiful day! I may just stay up all night and watch The sunrise..,

Y’all have a great rest of the day today! 😊

‘Tis moonlight, summer moonlight,
All soft and still and fair;
The solemn hour of midnight
Breathes sweet thoughts everywhere,

But most where trees are sending
Their breezy boughs on high,
Or stooping low are lending
A shelter from the sky.

And there in those wild bowers
A lovely form is laid;
Green grass and dew-steeped flowers
Wave gently round her head.

~ Emily Bronte

Have a Blessed Sunday!

Mark C.

Water For The Zombie Apocalypse | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Question : What is the 1 thing you can’t live without?

Answer : WATER!

Nothing can survive long with out it! Every living creature seeks it out because they have to… Soooo, when the well goes out on a holiday weekend and you have 1,000’s of plants to water & 3 houses to support with water, WHAT do you do??? It’s like a ‘Zombie Apocalypse’! Luckily, I have a great cistern with water that is aerated and clean! My Water Garden!

Luckily, we have a Water Garden and running fountain that keep the water clean and accessible during times like these! Having a clean water source is so important! Another reason to have a Pond 🙂 | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We found the problem! The circuit board that controls the pump got fried last night in a lightning storm! And on a holiday weekend when everything is closed… Timing is everything!

Nothing bad happens at an opportune moment… Lightning got our well last night. So the dipping and hauling of water has commenced…

Sometimes you have to go ‘Old School’… Buckets and pails can be your best friend when it comes to hauling water! You can use the  water from your Pond to – wash your hands, flush your toilets, water your plants, water your animals, rinse, clean, etc. etc…

A bucket of water in every bathroom sure does help when the toilet needs to be flushed and hands need washing! Thank goodness for my WATER GARDEN! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It’s not a Zombie Apocalypse, BUT, not having water is a BIG deal! It’s a ‘Must Have’! Having a backup plan means everything. Keep a minimum amount of bottled water on-hand for emergencies… AND a good 5 gallon bucket! It’s a must have.

I hope Y’all have a GREAT Memorial Day weekend!

Stay Thirsty my Friends! 🙂

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

Friday Radio Report – Memorial Friday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

What a Great Show today! The vibe was cool and the callers were many! LOTS of questions today!

  • How to handle nut-grass in your lawn – Spray with selective herbicide like Manage or Image (these may be restricted use chemicals? So ask for something at your local garden center that is consumer friendly and labeled for Nutsedge ie; Nutgrass.
  • Is fish safe liner any different than normal EPDM? YES! Regular EPDM rubber is treated with chemicals that deter insects, etc. and is TOXIC to your fish! ALWAYS make sure to get “Fish Safe” liner for your Water Gardens to insure your fish’s health.
  • How to control Poison Ivy? I use Roundup! Make sure it has surfactant in it. It will really knock it down. BUT, you will probably have to spray it a few times over several weeks to insure a good kill.
  • How to get a Zoysia lawn without spending a fortune? Plugging is a cost effective way. Make sure to keep your plugs watered daily until really “nailed down” well! Then water weekly as needed for the first season. After the first year fertilize and spray well as you Zoysia spreads across your lawn.
  • Is it warm enough to spray MSMA now? Yes! AND discontinue 2-4D (it’s WAY to HOT)!
  • When is the Pond Tour? Saturday, June 23rd.!
  • When do I prune my Azaleas??? Now! Selectively Prune and fertilize! I use milorganite and Ironite and they look great!

We also talked a lot about the Memorial Day weekend. This is always the official weekend that kicks off the Summer Season! Camping, Hiking, Cookouts, Vacations, Boating, etc…! But lets remember that all this happiness and freedom that we look so forward to comes from the blood and sacrifice of soldiers who fought and died for all our freedoms! Don’t forget to thank God for their sacrifice and don’t forget to talk to our kids and teach them that ALL this freedom wasn’t free! It was purchased with the blood of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we could live like this in happiness and freedom.

Someone’s child, left long ago,
A strange land,
Someone’s foe.
An unmarked grave, fields of green,
Resting quiet,
Just eighteen.
Winds of freedom, wash us now,
Remember him,
This I vow
~Victor C. Kleinschmit

Thanks to Dan and Sea Bass – The “180 Crew” for a GREAT show today! And thanks to all the callers and text’ers!

I’m on with the 180 Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass- every Friday from 10-11am Call in with ALL your gardening and Outdoor Lifestyle questions at 731-423-8101.
OR you can TEXT us at 731-277-5155. Listen LIVE at 101.5 WNWS – FM Talk Radio – on your smart phone using your TuneIn app.!


Happy Pondering!


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

And Then There Was ONE | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Our little pack of nursery kittens have all grown up healthy and happy and 3 of the 4 have found a ‘Forever Home’!

Here’s a picture of Sassy & the kittens. She had this small litter of kittens on Easter Sunday night. We kept them dry & warm & Sassy did the rest. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We have just one beautiful kitten left that needs a loving home 🙂 Luna is her name and she is a ‘Calico’.

Did you know that almost ALL calico cats are female? In fact, only 1 in 3,000 calico’s is born male! WOW! Why? The tri-color coat is linked to the X chromosome – it takes two X chromosomes to make the 3 colors…

Luna is the sweetest kitten of them all I think. If you want a healthy, happy, beautiful kitten, come by and look at Luna 🙂

Luna is the sweetest kitten of them all in my opinion. Come by and see her.

The ‘Easter Quadruplets’ have grown up and all but 1 has found a new home. We have been blessed to watch and be able to help these these little babies grow up. Thanks for the feedback and the great comments. AND thanks to everyone who stopped by to see these little beauties.

Have a HAPPY day!

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

Hump Day Koi Fix | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Lets look at a familiar looking Koi. No it’s NOT a Kohaku, but the best examples have a nice Kohaku pattern and very white skin. They are even judged in competition like a Kohaku… But this Koi is called ‘Kikusui’.

Although technically they are the Doitsu version of a Hariwake, a scaleless white koi with patterns of orange or yellow, they are commonly referred to as Kikusui. The bright, metallic colors of Hariwake are also present in Kikusui.

The only variation of this Koi is the Tancho Kikusui. They are a scaleless version of a Hariwake.

They are bred by using a Kohaku and a Platinum Ogon – their offspring will be Hariwake. Then you breed the Hariwake with a scaless carp/mirror carp and end up with the Kikusui.

There’s a little info on another variety of Koi! I LOVE talking about Koi and learning more about them. I hope you enjoy your Koi as much as I do mine!

Happy Pondering!


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