Carter's Water Garden


Waterfall Wednesday | #Waterfallwednesday | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Good Morning 🌞 Turn around and another week has passed… It’s Waterfall Wednesday!
Today I was looking at all the leaves 🍁 on the ground and blown into piles around the place… It gives me a melancholy feeling… But, it always does, and I know it’s just part of the changing of seasons. So I try to find beauty in the leaves, and I guarantee you one thing… My Waterfall helps! Check out this short reel featuring my leaf strewn Waterfall and the voice of an angel, Eva Cassidy…

#Waterfallwednesday is here! The weekend is coming! Enjoy this day!

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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Sunday Reflection’s…

What a beautiful morning! The sun is out and it’s so warm I was able to sit outside in my shorts and a T-shirt this morning 😊 We are past our 1st frost and freeze now, so I guess you can call this an Indian Summer… And I’ll take it! In 8 days we will celebrate Halloween 🎃 Then we enter the Holiday Season 🦃 🎄It all comes so fast 💨 I’m still trying to enjoy the Fall Color before it disappears… Here are a few pictures of some Fall Color that I have captured on film over time. Enjoy the season at hand, it’s the best one, and the only one that’s real right Now ❤️

Colorful foliage, almost no bugs, beautiful weather, football, fire pits… I Love Fall 🍁🏈🎃🔥

“Looking out my window
In October’s golden light, 
I see a beauty unsurpassed,
A truly lovely sight.

Leaves are saying soft good-byes
As they come floating down
To make a nature’s carpet
Of yellow, red, and brown.

Mountain tops, now turned to white,
Forewarn of winter chills,
While trees, like golden rivers,
Wind their way up through the hills.

Throughout our world’s creation
You will ever find it thus,
Kaleidoscopes of color,
In God’s hand, the artist’s brush.”

~ Alora M. Knight

Have a great Sunday 🙏🏻

~ Mark C.



Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Good Monday Morning! One of the only things that can grab my attention like a flowing Waterfall is a Fire 🔥 Watching a fire burn is pretty awesome… You can sit down and watch it burn and get lost in those flames… Very Zen 🙏🏻 Here’s a timely Fire for ya…

Do you rake and burn leaves 🍁?

Here we go! Another beautiful week has started.

Have a good one!

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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Sunday Reflection’s…

It was a thick fog this morning around the river. The temperature dropped into the lower 30’s and the water is still fairly warm… Makes for a Beautiful Foggy Morning! Especially as the sun ⛅️ burns slowly through the fog 🌫 Revealing a totally Bluebird Blue sky 🌌

Foggy mornings on the river are pretty Awesome! This is one such morning not too long ago on a Pontoon Boat 🚤 This morning may even be more foggy 🌫

These last couple of weeks have been close to perfect weather! Cool crisp mornings 🌞 warming up by mid morning to the 70’s… Not a cloud in the sky ❤️ The foliage is really starting to show now 🍁 Maples, sumac, dogwood, sassafras, gum… My advice is to get out and take a country ride every few days from now through late October/mid November. The color show is starting now in earnest and has a very short run…

“Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.”

~ Robert Frost

Have a beautiful Sunday!

~ Mark C.



Pond Tip Tuesday | It’s October🍁Time For Our Annual Fall Pond Checklist | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Fall is in full season! Each year I try to post some seasonal Pond Tips. So here we go…

Fall will bring many changes to our Gardens and Ponds, its important to stay ahead of the game!

I always try to post proactive things you can do to keep your Water Garden clean and your Koi healthy over the Fall & Winter.
Things like –

  • Cutting your aquatic plants back
  • Installing pond netting
  • Keeping your skimmer clear
  • Using Cold Water Bacteria
  • Feeding Cool Temp Koi Food, etc. 
We stock a complete line of Water Treatment Products and supplies for your Pond and Water Garden. Including Cold Temp Beneficial Bacteria, Leaf Nets and Cool Season Fish Food | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We stock bulk Leaf 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.

Pond Netting is a great tool to help keep the maintenance of your Water Garden or Koi Pond down to a minimum over the fall and winter. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee


Switch to Cold Water Bacteria NOW! – 

Our Cold Water Beneficial Bacteria works and keeps on working when the plants and fish aren’t active and really helps the quality of your Pond Water! It is extremely effective at reducing sludge, dead and decaying leaves and plants, built up fish waste & excess nutrients like ammonia, nitrates & phosphates. These things make for poor water quality, reduced water clarity and can have catastrophic effects on your fishes health.

REMEMBER! Keep an 👁 on Your Skimmer! 

Your Pond skimmer is a workhorse this time of year! Its catching and capturing all that debris that would otherwise end up on the bottom of your Pond! BUT, you have to empty it often in the Fall 

Or, you end up with this 

* 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. Pick one up at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio.

This is standard equipment in every Koi Pond and Water Garden. Grab a Floating Pond Thermometer at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio today.

My final Pond Tip for today,

  • Switch to Cool Season Koi Food NOW… 
When the water temperature drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit you should switch to a Lower Protein, Cool Season Koi Food. We like to call it the ‘Rule Of 60’… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Well, there you have it, a little reminder to help keep the Maintenance to a minimum and to maximize the enjoyment of our wonderful hobby!

🍁 Viva La’ Fall 🍁

Happy Pondering!  

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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Sunday Reflections…

I had to put on my coat to drink my coffee on the porch this morning while watching the sun come up 🌞 Cold morning, but what a beautiful day! We have been enjoying a string of these ‘perfect days’…40’ish degrees in the morning, then warming into the 70’s, not a cloud in the sky ❤️

Blue sky’s and changing leaves 🍁 Fall is in full swing!

We got several things done this week, including our last event for the season, our annual Fall Pond Maintenance Workshop’ is in the books… It always seems to sneak up on me, but I think this year has flown faster than any I remember… Boom 💥 we’re in October… Boom 💥 in a month we fall back and its dark at 5pm… Here comes Thanksgiving 🦃 and Christmas 🎄… I guess what I’m saying is, get out there and enjoy this beautiful season! It will be gone before we know it 🍁🎃

“There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.”

~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

I’ll be in the garden the rest of the day!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Mark C.



Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Good morning 🌞 It’s the 1st Monday of the Autumn season, so I wanted to share a beautiful Waterfall this morning that sits right under a gorgeous Red Maple tree. It has turned to Fall color now, and coupled with the sound of the Water, it makes for a very nice place to sit and prepare for the day.

I hope this has helped you find that Moment of Zen for your day as well. 🙏🏻

Have a great day!

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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Sunday Reflection’s…

Good Morning! ☀️ What a storm we had last night! ⛈ ⚡️ 💥 Here we are changing seasons… Bye bye Summer, Hello Fall 🍁🍂 We have literally been on a West TN weather seesaw… It was 100 degrees on the last day of summer, So Hot 🥵 Then the next day a 51 degree morning… Then back up close to 90 today, but guess what – down into the 40’s tonight😮

I recently saw a few Wooly Bear’s… Could be looking at a bad Winter ❄️

Oh well, again the old saying holds true, “If you don’t like the weather, just you wait”…

Now it’s on to breakfast and then a little work in the Garden! I Love ❤️ Fall!

“In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil.  
And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb color effects as from August to November.”

~ Rose G. Kingsley

Watch this short for the cutest puppy ever 👇🏻

Have a great Sunday!

~ Mark C.



Summer Is Nearing It’s End… The Autumnal Equinox is Thursday 🍁 Do the seasons know it’s time? | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

The older I get, the quicker these seasonal changes seem to come… WOW! Are we already looking at the END of Summer?

Earth seasons as Effect of the Earth’s axial tilt. Infographics for summer and winter solstice, autumnal and spring equinox Northern Hemisphere. Sun path diagram or day arc for year. Vector illustration.

Summer is going out on a HOT note! High 90’s today & we may very well see 100 degrees tomorrow! 🥵 But, then on the official 1st day of Fall (Thursday the 22nd) the high is only gonna be around 80 degrees… Do the seasons know it’s time?

The trees and plants know what to do for sure. I always LOVE watching the color show unfold 🍁

“During the autumnal equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator, and the northern and southern hemispheres get the same amount of rays. The alignment officially occurs this year on Thursday, September 22”

So the 1st full day of Fall is on the 22nd. Are you ready for Fall?

“Lyric night of the lingering Indian summer, Shadowy fields that are scentless but full of singing, Never a bird, but the passionless chant of insects, Ceaseless, insistent. The grasshopper’s horn, and far-off, high in the maples, The wheel of a locust leisurely grinding the silence Under a moon waning and worn, broken, Tired with summer. Let me remember you, voices of little insects, Weeds in the moonlight, fields that are tangled with asters, Let me remember, soon will the winter be on us, Snow-hushed and heavy. Over my soul murmur your mute benediction, While I gaze, O fields that rest after harvest, As those who part look long in the eyes they lean to, Lest they forget them.”

~ Sara Teasdale

Here’s to changing seasons… 🍾


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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Using All These Leaves 🍁 🍂 Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN 38305

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 over 10 years ago!
A big blowing storm just came through and left plenty of leaves 🍁 to get us all 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 that you have 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 or 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. 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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