Carter’s Garden Blog

Monday’s and Waterfalls…

I’ve been up since early, but never found time for my BLOG today… I normally try to share a Waterfall on Mondays, so instead, how about one of my favorite poems about a special waterfall 😊

“Whenever I plunge my arm, like this,
In a basin of water, I never miss
The sweet sharp sense of a fugitive day
Fetched back from the thickening shroud of grey.
    Hence the only prime
    And real love-rhyme
    That I know by heart
    And that leaves no smart,
Is the purl of a little valley fall
About three spans wide and two spans tall
Over a table of solid rock
And into a scoop of the self-same block;
The purl of a runlet that never ceases
In stir of kingdoms, in wars, in peaces;
With a hollow, boiling voice it speaks
And has spoken since hills were turfless peaks.”

“And why gives this the only prime
Idea to you of a real love-rhyme?
And why does plunging your arm in a bowl
Full of spring water, bring throbs to your soul?”
“Well, under the fall, in a crease of the stone,
Though where precisely none ever has known,
Jammed darkly, nothing to show how prized,
And by now with its smoothness opalised,
    Is a drinking-glass:
    For, down that pass,
    My love and I
    Walked under a sky
Of blue with a leaf-wove awning of green,
In the burn of August, to paint the scene,
And we placed our basket of fruit and wine
By the runlet’s rim, where we sat to dine;
And when we had drunk from the glass together,
Arched by the oak-copse from the weather,
I held the vessel to rinse in the fall,
Where it slipped, and sank, and was past recall,
Though we stooped and plumbed the little abyss
With long bared arms. There the glass still is.
And, as said, if I thrust my arm below
Cold water in basin or bowl, a throe
From the past awakens a sense of that time,
And the glass we used, and the cascade’s rhyme.
The basin seems the pool, and its edge
The hard smooth face of the brook-side ledge,
And the leafy pattern of china-ware
The hanging plants that were bathing there.

“By night, by day, when it shines or lours,
There lies intact that chalice of ours,
And its presence adds to the rhyme of love
Persistently sung by the fall above.
No lip has touched it since his and mine
In turn therefrom sipped lovers’ wine.”

~ Thomas Hardy

See y’all tomorrow 😊

Mark C.

Friday Radio Report | The 360 Rocks! | Call In! | LIVE Radio! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Good Morning! I’m walking in the door of The Dixie Cafe in the World Famous ‘Old Country Store’ / Casey Jones Village in Jackson, TN!

Tune in 101.5 FM OR stop by and grab some breakfast 🍳 and say Hi 👋🏻

I am Fixin to go LIVE in the studio with Dan Reaves, Emily and Sea Bass, aka: The White Coconut 🥥  And, if you keep your finger on the redial button and manage to get through on our incredibly backed up phone lines, YOU get the mic 🎙 YOU get to ask the questions! Call 731-423-8101 💥 We will make YOU Famous! 💥

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

– Tune in! WNWS 101.5 FM 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!

Monday, September 22nd. Is the ‘Official’ 1st day of Fall! The Autumnal Equinox 🍁 I told you Fall was coming 😊 Get ready for Fall temps this weekend! 

Come by and see us at Carters!

Call for more info : 731-424-2206

Our Late Summer Retail Garden Center days and hours are

  •  Monday – Closed
  • Tuesday – Closed
  • Wednesday 9am – 5pm
  • Thursday 9am – 5pm
  • Friday 9am – 4pm
  • Saturday 8am – 2pm
  • Sunday – Closed  

Pond Supplies at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

A few of Carters Nursery’s products :

Bulk & Bagged Mulch
Potting Mix
Soil Amendments
Hanging Baskets
Stone Yard
Pond Supplies
Koi & Goldfish
Much much more!
We have a Full Line of Pond Supplies and Water Treatments in stock at Carters Nursery!

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

We also have some great Garden Decor and Unique Gifts 💝 

We have some very unique gifts and garden art at Carters Nursery!




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 September 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

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 360 with Sea Bass & Dan Reaves 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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Waterfall Wednesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It’s #waterfallwednesday y’all! My Favorite Day of the week! This Fabulous little Pondless 
Waterfall was put here as a unique focal point in the forefront of a plant screen… PS: we didn’t want it to look like a hedgerow or “screening plants”… Boom 💥 Not only does it look great 24/7 thanks to the Landscape lighting, it sounds wonderful as well 🎶 

We even put a small “seat boulder” there at front left for the “Perfect Picture” 😊

This is a recent Water Feature that I just love ❤️ It really transformed a boring area of the landscape. Now, it’s the Central Focal point of the entire area. At night the lights come on automatically and really throw some magic 💥 PLUS : The sound is beyond compare 😘 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I hope your Waterfall Wednesday goes well! From here, it’s all downhill to the weekend 😉

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

Comparative Shots

I was messing with some pictures of tree faces to make a little blog about some of my favorites, when my son walked up and saw these two… He says “it’s like a 30 year before and after of you”…  I died laughing 😝 

In a way I see what my son means 😂 There is a similarity…

Anyways… There’s today’s blog… It’s a Blog about… Nothing! Hmmmmm… Sounds familiar 😊


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

I LOVE ❤️ my Pond! And I love to pass along great ideas and Pond Tips that will help YOU keep your Pond crystal clear and LOW maintenance! Here’s a good one, especially if you have had problems with string algae in the past.

– What if I told you there is a gadget that will not only reduce string algae, it will all but eliminate it… Would you be interested in That? 

Have you ever had a bad outbreak of string algae? The water is crystal clear, but there is string algae in your waterfall and stream… There is a solution! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

This little gadget ionizes copper into your system, virtually eliminating string algae! Plus – it’s safe for your fish and your other pets 💥

This little beauty will do the job on strong algae! Simple to install and what a time saver💥

The only thing you have to replace is the copper probe, it will normally last an entire year, maybe longer! 

This is the copper probe that is ionized into the water column. You normally replace 1 time per season & you can say bye-bye to string algae! We sell these units at the Nursery! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

A cure for problem string algae! Boom 💥 That’s my Pond Tip for Tuesday! 😉

PS: Come by and pick one up today!

Happy Pondering 🤔 

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

As a ‘Pond Enthusiast’ I am always looking for  ideas & tips to keep my Water Garden cleaner and ways to have less maintenance. Then I like to share them with you 😊 One of the biggies is Proper Filtration! Keeping the water clean & clear! And also, keeping the algae and sludge to a minimum… That brings me to today’s Pond Tip :  👇🏻
– Algae Eating Japanese Trapdoor Snails (Viviparis malleatus).  💥

These snails are highly sought after by Pond Keepers. They are non-invasive, hardy & will help to keep algae under control in your Water Garden! Japanese Trapdoor Snails will work around your entire Pond consuming decaying organic matter like algae, leaves, excess fish food, and fish waste.

Japanese Trapdoor Snails are hardy and can live up to 5 years! They really help to keep your pond clean. Here’s one we just pulled out of a pond at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio during a clean out demonstration | Jackson, TN

Japanese Trapdoor Snails are “Live-Bearing” and only breed a couple of times per year – So they won’t take over your pond! Unlike other snails that can breed out of control.

Japanese trapdoor Snails do a great job helping with Pond Maintenance and they only cost around $5 each.

I try to always have some available for purchase. You need to have around 10 Japanese Trapdoor Snails per 50 sq. ft. of surface area of pond and they really make a difference! 

There you have it… Pond Tip Tuesday lives on… 


Happy Pondering 🤔 


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

Hump Day Koi Fix | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

We are selling Koi again! And with selling comes questions. Some of the most basic questions I get time and time again, so here is a repost of some basic “Koi Myths” that I hear all the time… Have a Great Hump Day!

“It’s Wednesday, aka “Hump Day” and as usual the subject is Koi & Koi Pond’s 😊 We were discussing erroneous information & myths about Koi keeping that are out there, so I thought why not make a blog post about it… Here’s a quick “Top 5”…

#1 – You Can’t Be A Koi Keeper & A Water Gardener.

Not true! You can raise healthy koi In your beautiful water garden! The koi can grow up to be just as beautiful and healthy as they are in traditional koi ponds. Proper design is key! You will LOVE how they compliment each other 😊 I have installed Hundreds of beautiful Water Gardens with healthy happy Koi.

Koi and Water Gardens go together like peas and carrots 😊 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

#2 – Predators Will Eat All Your Fish.

Again, Proper Design is key! Raccoons generally won’t swim. That’s not to say they never swim, or couldn’t stand on the side of your pond and take a paw swipe or two at your fish… Fortunately, most fish will swim to a deeper, more protected part of the pond when a predator is threatening them. The one predator with legitimate credentials is the blue heron. Plenty of lily pads give them some protection and will work to minimize attracting a heron in the first place. Other protection measures include a motion activated water sprayer called a “Scarecrow” or even better a “Koi-cave” structure that can be built in during the pond’s construction. IF you already have a pond, they can be added with minimum remodeling during a clean out service.

A Blue Heron is a major Predator of our Koi and pond fish! BUT, we can stop them from harming our ‘finned friends’! Tools like a “Scarecrow”, or a fish cave really help! In the Fall a leaf net helps with more than 1 task 😊

#3 – Your Pond Must Be (3) Three Feet Deep to Keep Koi. 

There are literally tens of thousands of two-foot deep ponds all around this country, full of happy and healthy koi. The water in a two-foot deep pond will generally only freeze eight inches down in the coldest of climates, because of the insulating qualities of the earth that surrounds the pond – Here in West Tennessee usually not at all. Another Plus – a properly designed 2’ deep pond is easy to get in and out of 😉 Most of the ponds I have designed & built for the last 30 + years are 2’ deep and doing great! We can & do go deeper if the design calls for it of course, but don’t believe everything you read online! 

#4 – Koi Can’t Be Kept With Plants.

In a naturally balanced ecosystem, koi and plants complement and need one another. In nature, fish feed on plants. As a result, the fish produce waste, which is broken down by aerobic bacteria on the bottom of your pond, which, in turn, is used as fertilizer by the plants to grow and produce more natural fish food. One tip I have learned from experience- start with small Koi, they will grow up with the plants and won’t bother them at all – like in nature.

This is one of my Display Water Gardens at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio – The Aquatic Plants & Koi have been doing great here for almost 30 years!

#5 – If You Forget To Feed Your Koi They Will All Die. 

Totally False! In a properly designed & stocked pond, the ecological balance will amaze you! Crystal clear water, thriving aquatic plants & a healthy eco-system are your reward! We all Love to feed our babies, but if you miss a few days they will get busy doing some “pond keeping” of their own! 😊 They will ‘Thrive’, not simply survive! The key is  to “Stay in Balance”!

I hope this helps!

– Happy Pondering! 


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Mothers Day Eve | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

The year is moving right along & already, we find ourselves on the eve of Mothers Day… What are your plans this year? I mean, how are you going to let the most important lady in your life know that she’s special? 

I saw this & yes, it’s true, but I kept on looking for that “extra special gift” 😊

We usually go out to eat at a nice restaurant of her choosing… But you know that’s out this year… 

Here’s a Short list – 

  • Hallmark card
  • Gift Card
  • Flowers
  • Plants
  • Candy
  • Photos of myself 😆
  • Gift Certificate 
  • Booze 🍸 
  • Koi 

The more I think about it, the gift of time together is maybe the best thing to share with your mom. That and a bottle of wine 🍷 😆

Personally, I’m grilling steaks 🥩 for my mother on Mother’s Day! A nice visit and a good meal sounds like the ticket 🎫 to me. 

A good Ribeye 🥩 is my mother’s favorite!

 Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there! What would we do without you! ❤️

Mark C. 

Hump Day Koi Fix | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

If there is one thing I love the most about having a Water Garden, it’s feeding my Koi! It’s a daily ritual that I just can’t do without 😊 So I thought I would share this moment with you today. A little Hump Day Koi Fix! 

Y’all have a great day! 

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

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Saturday’s “Virtual Travel Pic” | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Nothing to do? Join me in posting a picture! Yes, there are rules… check them out below 👇🏻Would you like to play? 

Join the challenge of posting a picture of some landscape from a place where you’ve been, where the main requirement is that you NOT appear in it. Just a picture, no description. The goal is to flood profiles with landscape photos to give a twist on the situation we’re going through.
Copy the text to your status, post a photo and let’s travel virtually!!

I’ve been doing this on my Facebook page everyday. Your welcome to see –

It’s not as good as the real thing, but… What else is there to do??  

Have a good weekend 😊


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