Carter’s Garden Blog

My Blog, My Public Journal…

Good morning! Well, it’s official… I’m a Blogger geek! At least that’s what my wife and son say 😊 This is my 3rd year doing a daily Blog & I don’t really see an end in sight.

Most Journals are private, this one is public. Published daily…

Many people write a daily journal or diary to get their thoughts recorded. I guess that’s what my Blog is in a way. It’s part life experience, part education & hopefully partly entertainment for others… In any case, it has become a passion & a daily activity that drives me to type & photograph & record things in my daily life. I’m not in any way comparing myself to one of my favorite writers, Thoreau, but I love and identify with this quote of his 👇🏻

“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

Have a great Tuesday!


PS: I’m off to speak for a Garden Club ❤️ Wish me luck!
Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Our Annual “April 1st Chilly Willy Pond Plunge” Will Be The Coldest EVER! | Jackson, Tennessee

“As Per Tradition”, we, the “Distinguished Few” will meet at the “Big Pond”, at the Nursery & Take our Annual ‘Chilly Willy Plunge” exactly at sunrise, which is 6:41am. In the morning! Always a fun event! But, tomorrow mornings ‘CWP’ will be taken at a crisp, 27 degrees Fahrenheit… A record low temperature! Can you say shrinkage 🥶

Get here early! Sunrise is 6:41am! You will need time to park and walk to the ponds edge. As you know, only about 15 people at a time have room to get in the pond comfortably, the 1st group in will be “first come, first in”! So I would get here early if you want to be in the official photo, that will probably be on the cover of the soon to be published Photo Book about our unique, little group! 🍾

I will open the gates as early as possible so everyone can get a number and get in position. I recommend that you come dressed in your chosen ‘Plunge attire’, wearing a robe or heavy coat & water shoes or flip flops. Some have even worn Cover All’s that they unzip and step right out of.

REMEMBER – Bring your own towels! 2 or 3 of them!

– Hot coco will be available.

Man, am I ready for this! 🌞 Viva La’ ‘Tradicion’!

He Haw y’all! See ya’ in the AM!

Mark C.

100 Strait Days of Blogging! | Milestones Are Cool :) | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I’ve been blogging for quite  few years now (since 2008), but not every day. I decided January 1st. of this year to commit myself to doing a daily blog. I have a lot to say and share so I decided to put it out there. I also decided that it doesn’t always have to be about the Garden or the Koi Pond, it could be more personal and about things that I experience in my day to day life.

I LOVE to meet and make new friends! 🙂 That’s a lot of what this daily blog is about.

Now that I’ve gotten used to the daily task of writing something, it has led to several things that I am enjoying every week. I do a short video every Monday morning of a Pond or Waterfall that I have designed/built and post it for all to see – the “Monday Morning Moment of Zen”. Then I have been trying to display and talk about Koi on Wednesdays, Koi are a passion of mine. So Wednesdays are for the – “Hump Day Koi Fix”… Friday is a report on the Radio Program that I do with Dan & Sea Bass “The 180 Crew” down at WNWS FM 101.5FM. It’s LOTS of fun and we get a lot of feedback & questions, so Fridays are for – “The Friday Radio Report”. And Sunday being a day of rest (and my only day off) is a day of reflection and time with family. I try to share a inspirational thought, poem or memory. I call it my – “Sunday Reflection”. So, this has left me with Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays to “Freestyle” and have some FUN! 🙂

I LOVE to take pictures and blog about Gardens! 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

I have picked up HUNDREDS of new e-mail Subscribers, received numerous e-mails, messages, made LOTS of Facebook friends, etc., etc. from this blog! THANKS to all who have taken a minute to read or view ANY of these ramblings 🙂 I just crossed the 100 consecutive day line and I don’t see an end in sight! AND, most importantly, I’m having fun! Feel free to comment or even send a request or question. I WILL blog on it! Also feel free to call in LIVE on Fridays and ask a question or just say Hi 🙂

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.!

FYI: I am trying to get my blog down to a standard post time every day. I’m shooting for 9am., except on Fridays when it’s a report on the radio show – it will be posted in the afternoon! Stay tuned for more 🙂

Thanks! Have a great day!

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

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


Spring is coming!

Time flies by, and sometimes we don’t realize how quickly the seasons are approaching. This is my friendly reminder that the snow is melting & soon it will be Springtime in Tennessee! Every year I have people that “meant to call earlier” but put it off until April when we are in full swing and already weeks behind in our construction schedule… SO, this BLOG is for you 🙂

Ready or not – Spring is Coming! Be ready by starting now on your design and get on the list. Have your project complete before Spring has sprung 🙂 Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN 731-424-2206

Our way of doing things is easy. Just give me a call at Carters Nursery (731-424-2206) or contact me online ( we will discuss your wants and needs and then set a time to get together to talk about your project on site and in person. We will develop designs and ideas, including costs and timing of your project, then we will build and/or install your new design!

Spring is Coming! Be ready! Give us a call Today!

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


My weekly Friday Blog/Show…
January 19, 2018, 4:59 pm
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I have been doing this blog now for 10 years! I decided to get serious with it this year and commit to doing my blog DAILY! Lot’s of work, but Lots of Fun 🙂

Today I decided to dedicate my Friday blog to covering questions I get on the radio show I have been doing on Fridays for over 12 years. I have covered questions on my blog from callers before of course, but now Fridays will be focused on this task.

You can call in to the show every Friday to ask a Gardening or Outdoor Lifestyle question of me from 10 till 11am. at 731-423-8101,  and we will discuss it LIVE on the air. But I will expound on a subject from the Friday show or one from the past. You can also listen in on 101.5 fm WNWS in Jackson, TN or on-line on your TuneIn app. Browse under Talk Radio.

Call in every Friday from 10-11am with ALL your gardening and Outdoor Lifestyle questions – 731-423-8101. Your question just might get covered on here too 🙂

So here it goes 🙂

Today was a mixed bag… There were questions about the effect of the unseasonably cold weather we have been experiencing and it’s effect on spring flowers, insects and the survivability of more tender plants that are questionable in our Hardiness Zone. Then someone asked about applying pre-emergent herbicide and when was too early. Then a long time caller called in about good trees to plant along a fence line for Fall color.

Choosing the right trees will provide you with years of seasonal beauty! Call or come by Carters Nursery to find out more about trees. 731-424-2206.

Here’s a quick “Top Ten” of good trees for a fence line to give you some seasonal color and seasonal interest.

  • Sugar Maple – Acer sacchrum
  • Red Maple – Acer rubrum
  • Black Gum – Nyssa sylvatica
  • Persimmon – Diospyros virginia
  • Ginkgo – Ginkgo biloba
  • Japanese Maple – Acer palmatum
  • Yoshino Cherry – Prunus × yedoensis
  • River Birch – Betula nigra
  • Eastern Red Bud – Cercis canadensis
  • Dogwood – Cornus florida

Spring blooms, seed pods, fruit, butterfly hosts, fall color & interesting bark are ALL included in this list of trees. If you have further questions feel free to give me a call at the nursery at 731-424-2206.


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