Carter’s Garden Blog


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
www.cartercountry.com


Sent Memories | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Are you on Facebook? If not, you might find this interesting 🤔 If you are, then you know of what I speak… Everyday I get a picture that I personally posted, usually years ago, it just pops up in my home feed, it’s labeled as a “Facebook Memory” and it tells you exactly how many years ago that you originally posted it. Then you get to look back through the comments and likes, and if you want you can share it as a Story or to your feed and friends. At first, I didn’t know what to think about it, but I have grown to enjoy them and I usually share them again. 

These pictures of our work that I have posted from years ago, just pop up as a “Facebook memory”… Actually pretty cool 😎 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Today’s memory was 3 years old. A couple of days ago it was a 7 year memory that I had forgotten about… 

What do YOU think 🤔 about the way social media like Facebook has changed our daily lives? How, if any, has it changed yours? 

“Memories, brought to you by Facebook”… 

Screenshot of what it looks like on your device. Do you look at these? Do you find it charming, or invasive? Just asking…

I have grown to think that it helps me share what I do. Our work at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio is so visual! It’s hard to describe what we build so that you can form an accurate picture in your minds eye… So that picture you see, of what your backyard could actually look like, is worth a thousand words… 

I’m writing this outside and it’s starting to rain  🌧 I hope you enjoyed it 😊

Have a Great Weekend! 



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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A Break From Performance To Training | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

One of the things about running your own business is that things get, VERY busy! The old saying “If you want something done right, do it yourself” rings true daily… LOTS of hats 🧢 to wear… The daily grind can get overwhelming & you loose that line between your personal time/life and your business. 

Don’t let your business run YOU! Take time to stay organized & to train your employees and yourself 🤔

I am switching my focus for the next couple of days to ‘organizing and training in my Business. As a business owner you find yourself constantly Performing! Work work work, perform, perform, perform! DON’T forget to train some as well! That is most of our (small business owners) biggest downfalls… 

I made a commitment long ago to stay on top of Technology and of advances in my field. I also try to invest in my Team so that we ALL stay on top of our game! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I’ve got to go to my next “Zoom Room” meeting now, so I want to wish everyone a good day!

PS: I will be sharing a few things I’m learning now with you soon. 


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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Monday Morning Moment Of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Evening feeding time is a daily ritual around here. We feed the Koi in all the Ponds and in all the different Fish Tanks as well. It’s a labor of Love ❤️ 



They are waiting everyday for their meal and I  think they enjoy our company as well. Like old friends… 

Have a Great Monday! 

 

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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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
www.cartercountry.com


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 – https://www.facebook.com/mark.carter.775

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
http://www.cartercountry.com
 
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My Blog, My Public Journal…

Good morning! Well, it’s official… I’m a Blogger geek! At least that’s what my wife and son say 😊 This is my 3rd year doing a daily Blog & I don’t really see an end in sight.

Most Journals are private, this one is public. Published daily…

Many people write a daily journal or diary to get their thoughts recorded. I guess that’s what my Blog is in a way. It’s part life experience, part education & hopefully partly entertainment for others… In any case, it has become a passion & a daily activity that drives me to type & photograph & record things in my daily life. I’m not in any way comparing myself to one of my favorite writers, Thoreau, but I love and identify with this quote of his 👇🏻

“My Journal is that of me which else would spill over and run to waste, gleanings from the field which in action I reap. I must not live for it, but in it for the gods. They are my correspondent, to whom daily I send off this sheet postpaid. I am clerk in their counting-room, and at evening transfer the account from my day-book to ledger. It is as a leaf which hangs over my head in the path. I bend the twig and write my prayers on it; then letting it go, the bough springs up and shows the scrawl to heaven. As if it were not kept shut in my desk, but were as public a leaf as any in nature. It is papyrus by the riverside; it is vellum in the pastures; it is parchment on the hills. I find it everywhere as free as the leaves which troop along the lanes in autumn. The crow, the goose, the eagle carry my quill, and the wind blows the leaves as far as I go. Or, if my imagination does not soar, but gropes in slime and mud, then I write with a reed. “
~ Henry David Thoreau

Have a great Tuesday!

 

PS: I’m off to speak for a Garden Club ❤️ Wish me luck!
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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Throwback Thursday… #throwbackthursday

I’ve been going through pictures again 😊 Grouping, dating, archiving, etc… I LOVE timeline photos equally as well as I do “before and after” pictures of projects and places. Here’s a couple of my sister and me – Kids (early 70’s), Young adults (89) & a fairly recent one. Wow! How time flies !

We haven’t aged tooo bad… I mean, I’ve seen worse 😊 Christie looks great!

My offering for #throwbackthursday !

 

PS: 1989 is the year I started my business! I was just a kid 😊

 

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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Blogging Milestones | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I like to set goals and meet them! I also like to mark Milestones… Today is the 600th day that I have turned out a daily blog! Whew! It sure doesn’t seem like it’s been that long… Time flies! And – Yes, I have been having Fun! 😊

When I committed to a daily Blog it was a HUGE step! And at first it was a real challenge, but it seems to get easier and more fun the longer I keep the commitment 😊

As many of you know, I started blogging in 2008, but not daily… more weekly and monthly, AND I haven’t missed a month since 2008! But, It wasn’t until January 1st 2018 that I made the decision to blog daily. Now, it’s just part of what I do… And, my blog has developed some daily themes that I hope you like…

Mondays are a video of a stream and/or Waterfall, usually one that we  built, and it’s titled “Monday Morning Moment of Zen”…

Tuesdays and Thursdays are my ‘freelance days’… lately I have been doing my Blog or Vlog On Outdoor Living, focusing on Outdoor Lifestyle Areas (Spaces, patios, outdoor kitchens,outdoor rooms, etc.).

Wednesday (Hump Day) Is ALL about Waterfalls! And – KOI!

Fridays I do a Local Talk Radio Show (The ‘180’ with Dan Reaves & Sea Bass) and I follow the show up with a Blog about what was covered. I call it – The “Friday Radio Report”.

Saturdays I try to Blog about the my Nursery. What’s HOT, Events that are happening and, what is going on in & around the garden.

Sundays Blog is called “Sunday Reflections…” Sunday is a day of rest, reflection and time with my family. I try to share a inspirational thought, poem or story.

I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has taken the time to read my Blogs or watch my Vlogs! Especially to everyone who has “Followed” my Blog! I have gotten many new Followers each & every month this year! Thanks! & WOW! Plus – I have tried to make it easy and painless to follow my blog. I would like to ask you to PLEASE help me introduce my daily Blog to others by sharing my blog with your friends and family on your Facebook page or other social networks.

– To follow my blog, all you have to do is click on “Follow” at the bottom right of the page & enter your email address. You will be sent an email to “confirm” and BAM – your in business. You will receive my daily Blog in your email inbox. You can opt out at any time & we don’t share or sell your address. 

So many ways to share and spread the word now! Please Follow, Like & Share my Blog posts. Thanks in advance 😊

The weekly radio show Im involved with on Fridays has given me LOTS of ideas for my blog too! I have received LOTS of feedback from the show! Emails, comments, likes, etc, etc. Thank you! Remember, you can send a request or question. I WILL answer your inquiry and I will blog on it! Also feel free to call in LIVE on Fridays Radio Show to ask a question or just say Hi 🙂

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.!

Here’s to the rest of 2019! There’s still a LOT to accomplish and enjoy!

 

Thanks for reading! 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



Blog – Under Construction 🚧 🔨 – So Much To Say…

2 things going on here… I’m enjoying a Long Weekend off with my family & I’m toying with my Blog layout… Trying to make it better 😎

I’m trying to figure out a few things with my Blog. Change is Hard!

A few days off is a wonderful thing! I hope you enjoy yours! 😊

 

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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