Carter’s Garden Blog


Gardening Ideas & Tips : A Reboot From The Bill Way Show…

I do a weekly Gardening Show on the radio with Seabass (The 180) @ 101.5fm radio. It’s a call in talk show where people ask questions about all sorts of things. Last week “Lasagna Gardening” came up and it brought back some old memories from way back when… Here’s a Blog I wrote about Lasagna Gardens back in the day with Bill Way. 2009 Or so I believe. Bill was a HUGE Lasagna Gardener 😊 Enjoy –

 

“My friend, Bill Way, turned me onto this idea of simple, organic style gardening and I think it is really catching on here in my neck of the woods. It’s not a new idea really, just a cool take on an old one… Best thing is, IT WORKS! Below is a very simple breakdown on ‘How To’ make your own Lasagna Garden… ENJOY!

There’s no hard and fast rules about what to use for your layers, just so long as it’s organic and doesn’t contain any protein (fat, meat, or bone). Just as with an edible lasagna, there is some importance to the methods you use to build your lasagna garden ‘Layers’. You’ll want to alternate layers of “browns” such as fall leaves, shredded newspaper, peat, and pine needles with layers of “greens” such as vegetable scraps, garden trimmings, and grass clippings. In general, you want your “brown” layers to be about twice as deep as your “green” layers, but there’s no need to get too picky about this. Just layer browns and greens, and a lasagna garden will result. What you want at the end of your layering process is a two-foot tall layered bed. You’ll be amazed at how much this will shrink down in a few short weeks.

Lasagna gardens are a bit less work than a conventional garden. And they are a great way to get rid of grass clippings and leaves 😊

– The basics of making garden lasagnas are simple:

– Don’t remove the sod or do any extra work, like removing weeds or rocks.

– Mark the area for your garden using a water hose or a long rope to get the desired shape.

– Cover the area you’ve marked with wet newspapers, overlapping the edges (5 or more sheets per layer).

– Cover the paper with one to two inches of peat moss or other organic material.

– Layer several inches of organic material on top of the peat moss.

– Continue to alternate layers of peat moss and organic material, until desired thickness is reached.

– Water until the garden is the consistency of a damp sponge.

– Plant, plant, plant and mulch, mulch, mulch.

 Ingredients For A Lasagna Garden

 Anything you’d put in a compost pile, you can put into a lasagna garden. The materials you put into the garden will break down, providing nutrient-rich, crumbly soil in which to plant. The following materials are all perfect for lasagna gardens:

 Grass Clippings
 Leaves
 Fruit and Vegetable Scraps
 Coffee Grounds
 Tea leaves and tea bags
 Weeds (if they haven’t gone to seed)
 Manure
 Compost
 Seaweed
 Shredded newspaper or junk mail
 Pine needles
 Spent blooms, trimmings from the garden
 Peat moss
 Straw
 Hay

If it’s too late in the season this year for you to start one, there is a whole summer of grass clippings and veg. scraps to get started with and FALL is coming with tons of leaves to use! With all this FREE organic material at your fingertips, that you have to dispose of anyway, put it too good use! You won’t regret it!

 Here’s to the Life Abundant!

 

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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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.



Old Friends and Christmas Songs –

Yesterday would have been my friend Bill Ways 75th. birthday. We were both Sagittarians (Birthdays between – Nov. 22nd – Dec. 21st.) and I learned over time that we had much in common – Love of animals, the TN. River, old cars, and music were just a few! Bill was a ‘Music Aficionado” & could blow your mind with his vast knowledge of the music world! He not only knew obscure songs and artists, he knew about the history of the song in question, even down to who played the instruments on the studio tracks! He WOWED many a listener, ME included! This time of year he was heavily into playing Christmas songs, many that you never heard of… So, I want to play a Christmas song in Bills memory. This was one of his favorites and is now one of mine.

PS: Grab a tissue first, you might need it!

 

Merry Christmas Y’all! 🎅🏻

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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http://www.cartercountry.com
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Friday Radio Report… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Great show today! LOTS of calls! Lots of texts! A very Special guest was in the studio today!

Mayoral candidate Jimmy Eldridge was in the studio today! Good Luck Jimmy!

Memories of Bill Way was a big part of today’s show. We talked about how the news of his sudden passing is just sinking in… Love you Bill!

I learned a LOT from Bill. Lots of Good music was one of the biggies!

It’s the beginning of the Christmas season – here is one of Bills favorite Christmas songs to kick off the season –

 

We had several gardening calls too – Questions about –

  •  Mulching
  • Windmill Palms
  • Fertilizing dormant trees
  • Protecting Pets from winter temps
  • more…

 

Here’s a Facebook Live video of a short segment of the show today featuring Mayoral candidate Jimmy Eldridge-

 

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
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Bill Way Memorial/Tribute Show – Today! 8am.-11am. Tune in to WNWS 101.5 FM Radio

Please tune in to WNWS 101.5 FM this morning from 8am – 11am  for a Very Special Show! Today’s show is a ‘Tribute & Memorial’ to Bill Way.

Friends, family, listeners, colleagues and more will be telling stories and paying their respects and tributes to our friend Bill Way!

You can listen Live here – https://wnws.com/listen-live/

Tune in to WNWS 101.5 FM Wednesday, November 28, from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. Central – That is today! Don’t miss this very special tribute to our friend, Bill Way.

If your not able to tune in today, the family will post a link in a few days so you can listen to today’s WNWS tribute show on Bills personal website – https://www.billwayshow.com in a few days.

Quote by Bill –

“My whole life has been guided by two philosophies …

‘I am often wrong but NEVER in doubt.’

‘With me, it’s 90% entertainment and 10% information. I promise you the 10% information will be very entertaining.'”

– Bill Way (12/12/1943-11/27/2018)

 

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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http://www.cartercountry.com
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Bill Way passed this morning. Rest In Peace my friend!

This is a message from Bills daughter posted to Facebook this morning  –

“At 6:52 am on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, daddy peacefully left us here on earth to be reunited with his mom and dad in Heaven. I know Cody, their beloved border collie, will be jumping with joy to see him again.

We will miss you more than you know, but the love you showed us throughout our lives here on earth will be forever in our hearts. We’ve made memories that will last a lifetime. We know just how proud you were of your kids and grandkids. We will continue to make you proud in the years to come.

We share a love of weather and always have. I will look for you in rainbows and, of course, thunderstorms since that’s what we love most. ❤️

I love you, daddy! I can’t wait to see you again.”

– God Bless this family! Pray for their comfort and peace during this emotional time.

Rest In Peace my friend. What a life you lived 😊

Love you Bill ❤️

 

~ Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Here we are, past Thanksgiving & “Black Friday” and Christmas is coming fast. BUT, Sometimes life steps in and slows things down for you & gives you something to truly reflect upon…

Last night I found out a great friend has been diagnosed with terminal cancer… This was completely out of the blue & a shock to all that know him. I am talking about local radio & TV man Bill Way.

Bills newest show is called ‘Medium Cool’, but we all know that Bill is the Coolest! I have spent every Friday with him the last 12+ years talking about Outdoor Living, Koi Ponds, Plants, Animals and so much more. He is a special person! Please say a prayer for Bill Way and his family.

Here’s an excerpt about Bill from the paper –

“We are sad to inform talk radio legend Bill Way has broadcast his final show, according to a Facebook post by his daughter Kristen.

She cited Nov. 16 as the day of his final show. Since then, he’s been diagnosed with a mass on his pancreas and spots on his liver.

Way has been released into hospice care after spending the past week at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

“While he isn’t in any pain, please pray for peace and comfort in the days ahead,” Mason said in her post.

Way had just returned to local radio waves with his new Bill Way Show “Medium Cool” on 93.1 WTJS-FM.

Bill Way is 74 years old.”
– Information provided by Brandon Shields of the Jackson Sun. Please keep Bill and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

I hugged my family a little longer last night… Life is so fragile and can change on a dime.  I definitely have a Lot to be Thankful for! And I have a Lot to reflect on too. Go hug the ones you love and spend time with them today. Time is all we have to share.

– A Poem About Time

Time is slow, time is fast.
It never stops, but it always lasts.
It’s time for bed, it’s time for school.
To waste your time is to be a fool.

If the time is right, the timing will be perfect.
Having the time of your life will always be worth it.
Some spend their time mad,
Some spend their time sad.
For some people time is all they ever had.

Some spend their time and some people save it.
Some love wasting time and some people hate it.
People waste time being in jail
People waste time being mad when they fail.

Some people have lots of time to spare.
Others spend their time not having a care.
It’s time to stop, it’s time to go.
Time can move fast or it can move slow.

You can lose yourself or lose your mind,
But as life goes on you will never lose time.

~ Anxhelo Llangozi

 

Peace, ❤️ & Prayers for Bill Way & his family.

I love you Bill!

Mark Carter