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Thanksgiving Weekend “To-Do” List… PS: I’m gonna need a day off after this!

This is always a busy weekend! Cooking & then cleaning up from the ‘Big Dinner’, is a given… But my personal list of to-dos seems to grow every year 🤔

  •  Take down and store Fall/Thanksgiving decorations with my wife.  Then –
  • Fire up the smoker & put some meat on for later…
  • Get in the attic and carry the tree, decorations & other Christmas decor down & put together/set up.

    Just a few Christmas trees from years past.

  • Plant 150 Daffodil bulbs.

    The traditional time to plant Spring flowering bulbs is between Thanksgiving & Christmas.

  • Outdoor Christmas lighting (Not a lot)…
  • Trash duty.

Then dinner and a night out…

Wow! Looking at my list, this looks a bit ambitious 🤨 😂

Have a great Holiday Weekend! And pace yourself 😊

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Friday Radio Report…

Great show with the 180’ Crew on this Thanksgiving holiday! The studio was full! – Lori Nunnery, LoLo, Downtown Ricky Brown, Dan, Sea Bass & myself!! Full House!

The talk was all over the place and Fun! I can’t even list all the categories…

  •  Food! Of course 😊
  • Being Thankful!
  • Pets
  • Weather
  • Family
  • Christmas
  • Gardening
  • Seasonal Koi Pond’s
  • When to stop feeding your Koi
  • Composting all these leaves
  • Traffic!
  • Shopping on Holidays
  • The worst whipping you ever got as a kid 😩

A great music event fundraiser coming up on Dec  14th. That benefits RIFA – Come down and help LoLo and friends raise some $$- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-our-jackson-home-holiday-show-hosted-by-lolo-tickets-52037222734

We are still building waterfalls as long as the weather holds. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Fun show! Enjoy this long holiday weekend with family and friends !

I’m on with the 180 Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass- every Friday from 9-11am 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.!

 

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

I wanted to take a minute and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I’m already busy cooking and preparing my part in what will be a HUGE Thanksgiving spread for our family and friends and I am looking forward to seeing everyone and sitting down and catching up a bit. For our part of the meal I’m fixing a bourbon glazed ham, a smoked turkey breast & “twice baked, mashed potatoes! Jo stayed up late baking old fashioned pecan & French coconut pie’s, both my grandmas recipe 😉 Most everyone else is fixing a thing or two also (green beans, casseroles, rolls, cranberry’s, deviled eggs, dressing with giblet gravy, a big relish tray, more cakes and pies, etc…

A few pictures of Thanksgivings past. Always lots of great food and wonderful people 😍

Following the meal of course is Football, and naps with your belt unbuckled and the top button on yours pants loose, or just gone…  I’m going to try to pace myself 😇

Like I said, have a LOT to be thankful for!!! Family, good friends, a warm home, a huge feast & so much more! Blessed!

Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours🦃🏈❤️

 

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Hump Day Koi Fix – It’s Getting COLD! Is It Time To Stop Feeding Your Koi? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It happens every year… The Fall color comes and goes in quick succession  and the long, cold nights force us to discontinue feeding our Finned friends for the season…

We have been feeding Cool Temp Koi Food at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio for a while now, but it’s time to put it up till Spring… | Jackson, TN

Check your thermometer to confirm your water temp., ours has been at 50 deg. F/- for over a week now… Time to stop feeding – for their health! Feeding after the temps drop below that 50 degree threshold is very dangerous for your Koi’s health. Their metabolism slows to a crawl & they just can’t digest fish food…

Every Pond should have a floating Pond thermometer. Our finned friends are cold blooded & water temperature is very important when it comes to seasonal feeding times. You can pick one up at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio if your in need. | Jackson, TN

It’s always sad when we have to end ‘Feeding Time’… But, it’s part of keeping your fish healthy. Enjoy the Holiday Season, because before we know it, Spring will be here again and ‘Feeding Time’ will be back on the daily agenda. 😊

Happy Pondering & Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Free Compost! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

FALL is one of my Favorite times of the yearly ! Cooler weather, planting, gardening, fire pits, football 🏈 and all the family gatherings – Wonderful!

We are finishing up a beautiful Fall Color Show! But, like they always say – Fall color is here today & gone tomorrow…

All this beautiful color has gave way to the incredible yearly leaf 🍂 fall… That’s why Fall is a GREAT time to start a compost pile!  All those leaves + all the plants and grasses that we have to cut back + all of the upcoming holiday food scraps = a great supply of FREE usable components in an ‘all natural compost pile!

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

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  its natural! Plus you can use it instead of chemical fertilizers to feed your veggies & other plants.

Make your leaf cleanup meaningful & productive by starting a compost pile or two.

PLUS –

  •  Compost improves soil structure & texture, plus it 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.

Keep it simple. Layer your lawn clipping, leaves & kitchen scraps to make great FREE compost!

It’s easy to get started
-Bag your grass clippings and mulch up all those leaves for the compost pile!

-Save your kitchen scraps and add them to the compost pile! Kitchen scraps are 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 non-tumbling compost bin, be sure to mix up the contents so that the pile gets oxygen and can break down well. It helps to 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
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

When you have your own Fire Pit, every night becomes an outdoor event 😊 And when it’s a gas burning Fire Pit 🔥 there’s no wood to haul & no clean-up afterwards either! Just ‘click’ and a perfect fire every time! Here’s a little slo-mo teaser of a nice Custom Stone Fire Pit we built.

 

Here’s to a Great Monday!

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

Yesterday was a beautiful day! The temps hit 70 degrees and I was just waiting to see a mosquito 😊 Such a contrast to just a few days ago with that early snow ❄️ covering the ground!

Pre-Thanksgiving snow is a rare thing around here. But a few days later here it is sunny ☀️ & 70 deg!

Maybe we are having our “Indian Summer”… That warming in Fall after frost and freeze have already occurred… In any case, I’ll take it!

Thanksgiving is in a few days and it feels like shorts & sandles outside! 70 deg. = Indian Summer 🍁

Now, it’s on to Thanksgiving & the holiday season… Ready or not, it’s that time 😊 Time to count our blessings!

 

“Give me the end of the year an’ it’s fun,          When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ Is done; Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,    Let me sit down with the ones I love best, Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,   See the old faces unblemished by wrong,   See the old table with all of its chairs           An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ Prayers.”

   ~ Edgar A. Guest – Thanksgiving

 

Have a GREAT Sunday!

And a Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍁🍽

~ Mark Carter