Carter’s Garden Blog

Sunday Reflections…

Most travel plans have been put on hold, as I’m sure you are well aware… So for our Anniversary trip, we decided to do it by Boat 🚣‍♀️ Talk about social distancing! Tanning, reading, jamming music, taking photos, and just cruising the boat. Only stopping to take dip or refuel at an available marina. 

What a wonderful way to celebrate an anniversary!

We taken many a road trip as well, but there’s nothing like just floating around on the river for a few days! 


“Dark brown is the river.  
  Golden is the sand.  
It flows along for ever,  
  With trees on either hand.  

Green leaves a-floating,
  Castles of the foam,  
Boats of mine a-boating—  
  Where will all come home?  

On goes the river  
  And out past the mill,  
Away down the valley,  
  Away down the hill.  

Away down the river,  
  A hundred miles or more,  
Other little children  
  Shall bring my boats ashore.”

   ~ Robert Louis Stevenson 


Mark C. 

27 Years In The Blink Of An Eye…

Happy Anniversary! ❤️🍾💥 I am a blessed man! I’m fortunate enough to have a job that I love, a great family & Im married to a virtuous woman 👩🏻  Again – blessed! 27 years of marriage today… In the blink of an eye! It doesn’t seem possible that this much time has passed… It literally seems like yesterday that we walked up that isle… 

We had a great group of groomsmen and bridesmaids to help us that day!

We have taken a few days off to celebrate and wind down. Nothing fancy, just some time together. 

Jo’s grandfather walked her down the isle that day. I found this picture of him and it did my heart good. He was a very special person in Jo’s life. And our life together. ❤️

Thanks for all the calls and texts wishing us a happy day! And here’s to another 27 years together! 

Cheers 🥂 

Mark C. 

Callin’ It in …

I just had to amend my Blog today… it was on deck to publish… and I forgot to pull the trigger 😳 

This was last years Anniversary photo… a 26 year comparison shot. Not to shabby 😊

I, WE are taking a few day’s off to celebrate and to try and slow it down a little… Jo and I always try to plan some time around our Anniversary & we both look forward to time together. The years are literally flying by… But, I’ve apparently been having fun, because I haven’t really noticed 😊 

So, we are gonna take a break for a few days and try to relax. I will share some pics from the road over the next few days. 

Thanks 🙏🏻 Have a great weekend! 

Mark C. 

Waterfall Wednesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

We do quite a few Waterfalls on swimming pools. We design and build each one individually. In over 30 years in business I can honestly say, there are no 2 alike. Which to me makes them all Custom works of art… 

Just turned it on. The sound is wonderful & the scale is perfect for the area. Now it’s time for a little planting.

Waterfall Wednesday is one of my favorite days of the week! It’s a day that I get to share our art with all of you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 😊 And I hope you enjoy this beautiful #waterfallwednesday! 


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

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Pond Tip Tuesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

So many people come to the nursery and just Love to feed the Koi!😍 They will swim right up and take the food from your hand 🖐🏻 So many people say “I can’t get my Koi to eat from my hand… What can I do”? So, I thought I would point everyone in the right direction on ‘How to get your Koi to eat from your hand”! 💥

Koi actually love to interact and eat from your hand. You just have to work with them a little bit… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

The easiest way to explain how to train a koi to eat from your hand is to go Pavlovian on them… ie; Conditioned Response! Pavlov used a bell 🔔 or buzzer in his work. He would make the sound & then give the dog food… Eventually just making the sound would make the dog slobber with anticipation. It kinda works the same way with Koi! 

Consistency and repetition are key to train your Koi. Oh, and watermelon 🍉

#1 – Feed at the same time EVERY day! Be it morning or evening, be Consistent! 
#2 – Repetition! At first, feed at the same time, in the same place and with the same food! Make a little splash sound with your fingertips, then throw a little food out. not to much at first. Doing it this way doesn’t really take that long. You just have to be committed to the process! 
#3 Only feed for a given time. 5 minutes at first. Once they catch on, you can improvise with snacks and fruit 🍉 🍊 🥬 

Once you break the ice, you can move closer and closer during feeding time, until your right on the edge with them and they will be literally eating from your hand!

So there you have it.  Be consistent, be repetitive and ❤️ Your Koi! 

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

Time is flying by this Summer! It’s time for a Monday Morning Zen video once again. I thought I would share my Outdoor Area with you today. I filmed this at night a while back and it’s where I spend my evenings most days. Talk about Zen… 

I hope you enjoyed my little walk through of my garden. If I could help with yours give me a call. 

Have a great week! 


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

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Sunday Reflections…

Tending my own garden as the sun comes up on A perfect Sunday morning… It don’t get much better than that 😊 There is something magical and healing in your garden, but you have to spend time there to find it… You have to sweat and toil and you have to sit down within, cool off and relax… Keep it up at all costs! 

One of my places to sit “within my garden” is on my porch garden. All potted annuals and perennials, hanging baskets & vines. It creates a shady little nook with comfortable seating 😊 and a fan to boot. Down the steps on both ends lie my tomatoes, peppers, herbs and more. It’s not a hobby for me. It’s a lifestyle… Have a great Sunday!

“How I love my little garden, where I sit and contemplate.
My perfect piece of paradise inside my garden gate.
Hanging baskets, pretty pots, the flowers are brimming over.
The grass so green, the buttercups, the daisies, and the clover.

Honeysuckle and jasmine giving off its sweet perfume.
Pretty lilies open wide, rose bushes in full bloom.
In summer they stand tall and proud as the buds turn into flowers.
I sit and watch as they all flourish and while away the hours.

I see the little fledglings nesting high up in the trees.
Bees in and out the bushes with their variegated leaves,
Where they gather all the pollen, then soar into the sky.
They’re heading home at speed, returning to the hive.

The melody of the wind chimes as they tinkle in the breeze
Interwoven with gossamer cobwebs, at night the spider weaves.
The sunshine sparkles on the pond where the water lilies grow.
Golden fish and tadpoles swimming safely down below.

It’s all so very peaceful relaxing in the sun
Where the butterflies flutter by having so much fun.
The sun goes down and darkness falls, the moon is big and bold,
Where all that live in the garden have a story to be told.

The little gnomes are watching the pixies and the sprites
Dancing by the wishing well, aglow with fairy lights.
I can sit here contemplating until it’s very late
In this magical piece of paradise, inside my garden gate”

    ~ Susan C Walkinshaw-Kelly

Have a wonderful Sunday! 🙏🏻❤️

 Mark C. 

Saturday At Cartercountry | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

The gates open momentarily! What a beautiful morning! ❤️ We are here today from 8am till 2pm. Y’all Come! 

Carters Nursery is open today 8am till 2pm. | Special 💥SUMMER CLEARANCE SALE💥 at Carters Nursery TODAY! Everything is on sale!!! Some stuff is even FREE!!!🎈| Jackson, Tennessee | Y’all Come!

It’s a beautiful day to come get a Nurseryfix’!

It’s such a sunny day! I’m sure they will understand 😎

See ya’ round the place… 

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

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Call In Friday!💥LIVE Radio! 🎤 💥 731-423-8101 💥 Your Outdoor Living Questions Answered & 1 Lucky Caller Will Get Seabass’s Autograph 💥 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Good Morning! We are coming at ya’ LIVE from Downtown Jackson, Tennessee! I am in the studio today with the legendary Sea Bass, aka: Buford! aka: Murphy! aka: The Chinchilla! aka: The White Coconut! 💥

NO subject is off the table, BUT, “Outdoor Living” is #1 with me 😊 Drop me a call with ALL your questions at 731-423-8101 OR text your questions & comments to 731-277-5155

– Tune in! WNWS 101.5fm! 9-11am. Today! Jackson, TN
– Call in with ALL you questions! 731-423-8101!
– Text your questions to 731-277-5155 We will do our best to answer them ALL! 

Special 💥SUMMER CLEARANCE SALE💥 at Carters Nursery! Everything is on sale!!! Some stuff is even FREE!!!🎈

2846 Old Medina Rd
Jackson, TN 38305
PH# 731-424-2206

A few of Carters Nursery’s products :

  •  Bulk & Bagged Mulch
  • Potting Mix
  • Soil Amendments 
  • Seeds
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Annuals
  • Perennials
  • Stone Yard
  • Gravel
  • Pond Supplies
  • Koi & Goldfish 
  • Much much more!

We have a Full Line of Pond Supplies and Water Treatments in stock at Carters Nursery!

We have a great supply of Pond Supplies, Fish Food & Water Treatments. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

Keeping your pond clear and healthy is easy with our Organic Water Treatments.

Keep your water crystal clear & your Koi healthy and happy with Water Treatments from Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tennessee

The temps are heating up, so keep an eye on your gardens and get ready to do some watering!

  •  This is also a great time to trim back your annuals as needed to lighten them up and fertilize them to promote fresh new growth and blooms.
  • Have You fertilized your Bermuda grass and Zoysia Grass lawns? This is a great time to do so!
  • Stop fertilizing Crepe Myrtles now. New growth needs time to harden off before fall/winter…
  • Fertilize your Water Lilies & Lotus for better blooms!

We have some Healthy, Beautiful KOI!!!
Every Friday is Fishy Friday! Come in Today and get a great discount on Koi! 20% of your entire order 💥

For the entire month of July every Friday is a “Fishy Friday”! That means all of the fish you purchase are at a 20% discount! | PLUS – Say the secret code word : Kohaku! to receive a free bag of koi food with your fish purchase! 😉 | TGIFF! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

PS: Carters Nursery is open to serve you! But, please remember to be courteous, wear your mask and keep your social distance … God Bless🙏🏻

Have a great Weekend! 

I’m on the 180 with 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

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Staycations Are In Our Futures | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

We have been stuck at home more and more this year… Now they are talking about maybe mandatory home school for everyone this Fall 😳 With all the uncertainty, more and more people are turning their homes into their destination spot! Forget the vacation- Lets create the perfect spot for a “Staycation”! 

Do you have a place to relax in the Landscape? A patio, pergola structure, Outdoor kitchen, pond or pool? 🤔 

The possibility’s are endless! Let me know if I can help. 


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