Carter’s Garden Blog


Sorry, We Are Closed For The Holiday Weekend

I’ll keep it short today. We wish you all a wonderful weekend of joy as we enter the Christmas season! We will open up Monday morning for normal business hours.

Have a wonderful weekend!

It might seem strange to some to close on the busiest shopping weekend of the year, but it makes perfect sense to us. We hope you enjoy this time with family and friends! The Christmas season is underway. Blink and you’ll miss it 😊

Have a great weekend! See ya Monday…

 

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

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Black Friday – “The Morning After”…

It’s been a great holiday! Family & Friends came to visit, catch up a bit & eat!

The meal was followed by Football 🏈 and an epic nap! That’s a hat trick for an old man😊

Now, it’s a road trip for Black Friday! Wish us luck …

Y’all have a wonderful weekend!

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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 want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I got up early & I’m already busy cooking and preparing my part in what will be a HUGE Thanksgiving spread for our family and friends. For my part of the meal I’m fixing a glazed ham, a convection baked turkey & “twice baked” mashed potatoes! 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, sweet potato’s, cakes and pies, etc… It’s going to be a Feast!
Here’s a few pics from last years spread-

I have so much to be thankful for! Great food is definitely one of them.

Thanksgiving is an American holiday! It goes back to the pilgrims of course, but did you know that George Washington was the first president to make a formal proclamation for the Holiday? Indeed he was!
“This National Thanksgiving Proclamation was the first formal proclamation of Thanksgiving in the United States. President George Washington declared Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.”

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Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us. And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best. Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

~ George Washington

George Washington was a great leader & truly loved his fellow man & his new country! He was also a devout man & a Thankful one.

Enjoy this day of Thanksgiving!
God Bless America! 🦃🇺🇸

Mark Carter



Gone But Not Forgotten…

Last night we had one heck of a storm! Heavy rains flooded back roads & strong winds blew! Every Fall we get a storm like this, timed perfectly to blow all the leaves from the trees. Bill Way called it a “Leaf Stripper”. A friend mentioned this morning that we had one of his leaf strippers’ last night! Then I realized, today is the 1 year anniversary of Bills passing…

1 year ago today our friend Bill Way passed away from Pancreatic Cancer. May he Rest In Peace. Gone but not forgotten!

I’d like to think last nights ‘Leaf Stripper’ was old Bill blowing through. I still think of him often & miss his voice on the radio every day. Rest In Peace brother Bill! You are gone from this place, but you are not forgotten!

Prayers for Susan & his girls & all his family!

Bill loved waterfalls! I can only imagine the waterfalls he is seeing now. RIP

 

Mark C.



10 Year Repost – Starting A Compost Pile | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I have been asked a few times on the radio lately about composting, so I went back in the archives and pulled this up. This was 1st published 10 years ago – To the day! 💥
A big blowing storm is coming thru tonight, ie; A leaf stripper! 🍂 Plenty to get ya’ started😉

“Fall is one of my Favorite seasons! Cooler weather, fall planting and gardening and all the great family gatherings and food are wonderful. Fall is also a GREAT time to start a compost pile. All those leaves, plants and grasses to cut back and all of the upcoming holiday food scraps add up too a great supply of usable components in a compost pile!
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 you can use it instead of chemical fertilizers. Compost improves soil structure, texture and 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.

Once the process is complete you can use this free resource as mulch, soil amendments, top dressing for your lawn, to make compost tea for veggies & more. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

It’s easy to get started .

-Bag your grass clippings and mulch up all those leaves for the compost pile!

-Save those kitchen scraps and add them to the compost pile. Kitchen scraps are typically 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 static (non-tumbling) compost bin, be sure to mix up the contents so that the pile gets oxygen and can break down effectively. Insert a few pvc pipes to get oxygen to the core and 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
http://www.cartercountry.com

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Monday Morning Moment Of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

When we get these cool, starry nights, there is nothing better than a Fire Pit to sit around and enjoy. We designed and built this one a couple of years back. I LOVE it! 🔥

Outdoor living is good year round if you do it right 😉

I hope this little video brings some Zen to your 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…

I always get up early on Sunday morning before everyone else & make coffee and step outside to see about the weather. This morning was no different. Other than the fact I had to clean up after a late night/early morning visitor… Meet ‘The Bandit’…

This fat little joker tore up the garbage last night.

It’s my own fault I guess… We have a bunch of friends and family coming for Thanksgiving this week, so last night we cleaned out the refrigerator and freezer to make room for the HUGE amount of food that will coming in over the next few days. I sat the bags out on the front porch to haul off today… All raccoons 🦝 are sneaky little opportunists! 😊

Im really looking forward to having a big Thanksgiving! I really hope YOU are too.


Thanksgiving 

We walk on starry fields of white
And do not see the daisies;
For blessings common in our sight
We rarely offer praises.
We sigh for some supreme delight
To crown our lives with splendor,
And quite ignore our daily store
Of pleasures sweet and tender.

Our cares are bold and push their way
Upon our thought and feeling.
They hang about us all the day,
Our time from pleasure stealing.
So unobtrusive many a joy
We pass by and forget it,
But worry strives to own our lives
And conquers if we let it.

There’s not a day in all the year
But holds some hidden pleasure,
And looking back, joys oft appear
To brim the past’s wide measure.
But blessings are like friends, I hold,
Who love and labor near us.
We ought to raise our notes of praise
While living hearts can hear us.

Full many a blessing wears the guise
Of worry or of trouble.
Farseeing is the soul and wise
Who knows the mask is double.
But he who has the faith and strength
To thank his God for sorrow
Has found a joy without alloy
To gladden every morrow.

We ought to make the moments notes
Of happy, glad Thanksgiving;
The hours and days a silent phrase
Of music we are living.
And so the theme should swell and grow
As weeks and months pass o’er us,
And rise sublime at this good time,
A grand Thanksgiving chorus.

~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Have a great Sunday and a very Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

 

~ Mark Carter



The Holiday Season Is Upon Us… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

It’s a quiet Saturday morning, but next week is Thanksgiving, then Black Friday, Cyber Monday, & on it goes till Christmas. I just wanted to take a moment and wish you ALL a Happy Holiday Season! With as little stress & commercialism as possible 😊

Christmas will be here before we know it! I hope you and yours enjoy the Holiday season that is upon us. ❤️

Have a great weekend!

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

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Friday Radio Report | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Good Morning from Carlock Nissan! I am here LIVE with the 180 Crew! Call in with ALL your Gardening & Outdoor Living Questions! 731-423-8101 OR text us at 731-277-5155.

Come by today and test drive one of these Beautiful cars and trucks!

Next week is Thanksgiving! WOW! Are you ready 😎

If I don’t see you before next Thursday- Have a Happy Thanksgiving 🦃

Carters Nursery will be closed Thursday thru Sunday in observance of Thanksgiving 🦃🙏🏻

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Lots to do in the Landscape! Get out there and stay ahead of the game!

  •  trimming
  • Cleanup
  • mower & tool maintenance
  • cool season gardening
  • planting bulbs
  • planting shrubs & trees
  • mulching
  • Winterizing hoses and equipment

We have a Full Line of Cold Season Water Treatments in stock at Carters Nursery!

Cool Season Water Treatments are important! Keep using your Cool Season Beneficial Bacteria throughout the winter for a cleaner, healthier pond. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

Don’t forget, today is fishy Friday! Come pick out some fish for YOUR Pond! #tgiff!

For the entire month of November, every Friday is a “Fishy Friday”! That means all of the fish you purchase are at a 20% discount! TGIFF! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

If you need help keeping up with leaves in your Pond, I have the solution-

We stock bulk pond netting at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, TN | It will keep debris out of your pond & help protect your fish from predators during the cold, bare months.

Have a great weekend!

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.!

 

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

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Throwback Thursday | Water Gardening circa. 1500 BC | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I got in a conversation with a couple of people the other day about the history of Water Gardening. It was really very interesting. The guy I’m talking about has traveled Europe and loves Italy. He was talking about the ancient Romans and their system of cisterns, aqueducts & fountains. Pretty sophisticated stuff considering we are talking 2,000 years ago. But did you know that some of the oldest and best recorded “Water Gardeners” were the ancient Egyptians? They were growing Lotus and Papyrus & keeping fish in their ponds over 3,500 years ago!

This ancient drawing depicts the growing of Aquatic & Ornamental Plants & using a Shadoof to dip water from an ornamental pond.

They were also great garden designers! In most of their garden designs, the Water Garden or Pond is the central focal point of the entire Landscape! The gardens were developed around the pond with blooming aquatic plants like lilies, lotus and papyrus. Ornamental plants and trees come right up the the edge of this oasis. To top it off they would create lots of space to lounge and enjoy the outdoor area. Sound familiar? 😊

My personal Oasis is much like one of Ancient Egypt… The Pond is the centerpiece, surrounded by gardens both edible and ornamental with sitting and lounging areas and a nice fire pit | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It’s pretty cool to realize how similar people and civilizations are over the millennia. These ancient people surrounded themselves with Water and beautiful plants & pioneered concepts and things we still use today – like irrigation, garden design, arbors, edible ornamental’s & even ornamental fish keeping. They even developed indoor plumbing and cross ventilated sewers… 3,500 Years Ago!

So thats my offering for Throwback Thursday! #throwbackthursday

Whats old is new again!

 

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