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Compost Those Falling Leaves 🍁 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

We had a few calls on the radio show (The 180) Yesterday about HOW- TO start a compost pile. Here is a little info to help get you started –

This is the perfect time to start composting! You can make your own compost from the leaves, grass clippings and organic waste you already have to dispose of!

Fall is A great time to start composting. All those leaves, plants and grasses 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  its natural! Plus 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.

-Bag your grass clippings and mulch up all those leaves for the compost pile!

-Save your 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. Insert a few pvc pipes to get oxygen to the core and 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.

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, TN

Good Luck and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

– Mark Carter

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



Cool Stuff at Carters Nursery | Jackson, Tennessee

Have you been by Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio lately?

Lizards 🦎 & Snakes 🐍 and Frogs 🐸 OH My!

We have some beautiful Talavera pottery and accent pieces for ya…

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

Lots of Supplies for the Garden too…

If your gonna grow some Turnip greens, try a variety called ‘Seven Top’ . I think they are the best greens out there. These don’t grow a turnip root though… Just the best greens!

We have compost, manure & Mulch too!

It’s time to switch to Cool Season Fish food! We stock it at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Seasonal items for Fall like wheat straw and Pumpkins 🎃 too…!

The Fall season starts now 😊 Join us for Fall Fest October the 12th!

Y’all Come see us for all your Water Garden & Landscaping needs! Fall is here 🎃

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Get Your Flowers & Tomatoes 🍅 Planted Before it’s Too Late! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

We are “Post Memorial Day” folks, which means we are counting off the 100 Days of Summer (Memorial Day till Labor Day!)… Now is the time when a Lot of people do their planting.

Have you planted any tomatoes 🍅? If not, this is the PERFECT time! & ALL our vegetables are Buy 1 Get 1 FREE! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Got Flowers 🌺?

Hanging baskets & LOTS of COLOR! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Aquatic Plants are looking Great!

My Lotus are looking Great! Introduce one to your garden today!

Y’all come by and load up on some Beautiful Plants at a Great Price 😊 Summer is upon us!

 

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2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Saturday Shoppers Dream @ Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Spring is in Full Swing @ Carters Nursery! The Shrubs, Perennials & Annuals are gorgeous! We are fully stocked and we are ready to serve YOU!

LOTS of varieties of this staple plant!

Everything’s in Bloom at Carters Nursery!

Aquatic marginals, Lilies, Lotus – Check, check & check!

Lots of Annual Color!

Hanging baskets & LOTS of COLOR! | Saturday Shoppers at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

The gates are opening now 😊 Y’all come get a little Nurseryfix!

Y’all come!

 

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2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Do You Grow Blueberries? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Tennessee

I ❤️ blueberries! I eat them most everyday too! They are great in oatmeal, cereal, salads, fruit salads, smoothies, pies, juice, Ad infinitum… Blueberries rock!!! They are also a native fruit that grow well in many areas.

Blueberries are a very rewarding plant. Beautiful, hardy & the fruit is so tasty and healthy! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Here in the South with our long growing season & plentiful water, growing blueberries is a no-brainer’… I LOVE to put them in with ornamentals too! They make a great fill in plant along a sunny foundation or a backdrop for a bird feeding area or even as a screening hedge! Very versatile 😊

Tips for Growing –

– One of the most important things to remember when growing blueberry plants is that they need a very low PH (acidic 4.5 – 5.5 or so) to grow well & thrive. So yearly you have to check PH and usually add an acidifier like Sulfur, Aluminum Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate, etc… I usually opt for the organic sulfur because I am eating these 🙂 AND, I think it gives a better, sweeter taste.

I recommend using an Organic Acidifier (Sulfur) to keep the PH low. This will make for healthy, vigorous Blueberries, that just taste great! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

– If your planting Blueberries in our area, initial soil prep is key! Build up beds a little to aid in drainage. Till in some peat and some organic compost. Apply sulfur as needed based on PH test.

– Planting the right varieties is huge too! Always choose Southern Rabbit eye varieties for success in our area. A few of my favorites are – Premier, Tifblue, Powder Blue & Climax. Fertilize with an organic fertilizer for fruit in late Winter/early Spring. Then I feed several times throughout the season with an organic compost tea and side dress mid season with a little composted manure. Mulching is very important too! Try crushed pine bark or pine needles. Both are acidic and work well.

– Click on this link below to learn about how to trim/prune your blueberries for better form & function!

https://savvygardening.com/pruning-blueberries/

PS: This is a great time to set out some blueberries! And, a great time to prune & apply compost & sulphur for PH to your existing bushes.

Good Luck! & Happy Gardening!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Free Compost! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

FALL is one of my Favorite times of the yearly ! Cooler weather, planting, gardening, fire pits, football 🏈 and all the family gatherings – Wonderful!

We are finishing up a beautiful Fall Color Show! But, like they always say – Fall color is here today & gone tomorrow…

All this beautiful color has gave way to the incredible yearly leaf 🍂 fall… That’s why Fall is a GREAT time to start a compost pile!  All those leaves + all the plants and grasses that we have to cut back + all of the upcoming holiday food scraps = a great supply of FREE usable components in an ‘all natural compost pile!

We have organic vermicompost and supplies at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

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  its natural! Plus you can use it instead of chemical fertilizers to feed your veggies & other plants.

Make your leaf cleanup meaningful & productive by starting a compost pile or two.

PLUS –

  •  Compost improves soil structure & texture, plus it 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.

Keep it simple. Layer your lawn clipping, leaves & kitchen scraps to make great FREE compost!

It’s easy to get started
-Bag your grass clippings and mulch up all those leaves for the compost pile!

-Save your kitchen scraps and add them to the compost pile! Kitchen scraps are 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 non-tumbling compost bin, be sure to mix up the contents so that the pile gets oxygen and can break down well. It helps to 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
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http://www.cartercountry.com
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It’s Time To Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Do you love to see those yellow Daffodils that come up early and bring in the Spring season. I still have some daffodils, crocus and grape hyacinths that my grandma planted in the gardens and it really feels good to see them blooming every Spring! I was asked a question last Friday on the 180′ (radio show) about when and how to plant Spring Flowering Bulbs. It was toward the end of the show and we didn’t have a lot of time to go into any detail, so here is a little info…

For Best Results – Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs in the Fall. 

These daffodils were planted by my grandma and always bring happy thoughts to me. Plant them in the Fall for Spring beauty, year after year… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

The most popular Spring flowering bulbs are daffodils, tulips, crocus and hyacinths. They are the easiest to grow and find, and the least expensive to buy. You can find them at many Local Nurseries and Garden Centers this time of year (Fall). Here are a few more to check out :

  • alliums
  • anemones
  • aconites
  • dog-tooth violets
  • fritillaries
  • grape hyacinths
  • reticulated iris
  • glory-of-the-snow
  • snowdrops
  • snowflakes
  • star of Bethlehem.

The best time to plant your bulbs is right about now ( In the Fall between Thanksgiving and Christmas), at least it is here in West Tennessee. The bulbs need a lot of cold temp. time to really bloom well, so get them in asap…

Time to plant bulbs! I like to amend the soil with compost & blood and bone meal when I plant bulbs. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

First things first… Like I always say, Come up with a Design Idea! Where are you going to plant these bulbs? How many will you need? Are you going to over plant your new bed with annuals like pansy’s or violas? Get out the tape measure & a pencil and paper and come up with some basic dimensions and a basic design…Once you have a general idea that you like, get your supplies together and get started!

We have soil amendments like compost, manure, bone meal, blood meal, bulk mulch and more in stock for your projects at Carters nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, TN 38305!

Make sure too …

#1 – Get good quality, firm, heavy bulbs. NO soft, moldy or stunted ones! The bigger the better.

#2 – Get soil amendments to prepare your holes or beds. Organic is the way to go in my opinion! Blood Meal, Bone meal, Compost and chicken manure have always worked well for me. Work the soil well and as deeply as possible; rich soil and good drainage are key. If its heavy clay, work in some sand to improve drainage.

#3 – Plant you bulbs! Most bulbs get planted 2 to 3 times their diameter in depth except for the smaller ones (less that 1 1/2″), plant them 3 to 4 times their dia. deep. REMEMBER – The point goes up! You can use a bulb planter or garden trowel to install them one at a time or you can excavate an area to the proper depth and do a mass planting of your bulbs and back fill with the soil once they are all put into place. I love the effect that a big mass planting of spring color can make! Even a dozen bulbs around the mailbox can make Spring seem more abundant.

After you get them installed remember to mulch! The mulch will help hold moisture, detour weeds, stabilize the ground temperature and it looks great.

I hope this helps and I hope you plant a bunch of beautiful Spring Flowering Bulbs!

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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