Carter's Water Garden


Throwback Thursday | Pickled Peppers 🌶 & Guitar 🎸 Pickin’

This popped up as a Facebook Memory today and it’s very timely in more ways than one!

It’s pepper picking time! It’s also pepper pickling time if you have a bumper crop!

My friend and fellow guitar 🎸 picker Willi X Evans posted this on Facebook 7 years ago and it popped up as a memory this morning! Perfect timing in more ways than 1! Not only is it pickling season, it’s Moonlight Pond Tour 🌝 season as well! And Willi has played the music at more Pond Tours than any other band or musician! 💥 Come see Willi X – Live! at Carters Nursery Saturday, September 18th. For our Annual

  • Moonlight Pond Tour!

Here’s the Video 👇🏻

By the way, here’s Willi’s recipe for the Pickled Peppers 🌶

So here goes –
INGREDIENTS

Makes 4 — 8 ounce jars

4 8 ounce mason or ball jars with lids and seals

Approximately15 jalapeno peppers sliced

Approximately 8 Cayenne peppers sliced

2 Cups white vinegar

1 Cup water

1 tsp pickling or Kosher salt

4 Cloves of garlic

INSTRUCTIONS

Sterlize jars and lids by placing them carefully in a pot of boiling water for at least 15 minutes
Use tongs to remove jars and lids and place on a clean towel to dry
Prepare peppers by slicing them or piercing them
Make the brine by combining the vinegar, water and salt to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes
Meanwhile place the peppers in each of the 4 jars filling them up and place one clove of garlic in each
Pour brine over peppers in each jar (should be about 1/2 cup per jar)
Secure lids tightly on each jar
Bring water to boil in sterilizing pot again and submerge the 4 jars in pot — covering jars about 1/2 way
Let boil for about 30 minutes
Carefully remove jars from water with tongs and set to cool
As jars cool, listen for the lids to snap indicating a secure seal — if jar doesn’t seal, store in refrigerator
Wait a least a week before opening properly sealed jar and refrigerate after opening”

Have a great #Throwbackthursday!

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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Waterfall Wednesday | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We went to visit a client yesterday that I haven’t seen in years, always something I look forward to. As with most folks, the Pond is around back, which is where we came in… Wow 🤩 I just love seeing projects from years back after they have matured and the plants have all grown in. One word – Beautiful! This one is perfect for #waterfallwednesday

Such a nice sound and oh so beautiful! This Waterfall has been bringing joy for many years now and will for many more to come. Don’t you just Love #waterfallwednesday?!

Have a great “Humpday”! It’s all downhill from here 😊


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 | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Good Morning 🌞 It’s always nice to start the week off on a positive note and there is none any better to me than watching the Koi swim and eat 😊 And listening to the Waterfalls, Their happiness is mine as well… It’s easy to relax and find that moment of Zen…

It’s going to be a beautiful day!

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

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

Can you believe how fast this Summer is passing by… It’s already Waterfall Wednesday!
Todays Waterfall goes back a ways… We first built this Waterfall around 27 years ago 🤩

Recently we did a little “Facelift Work” on it and we all think it turned out great 👍🏻

They still have most of the original Koi that we put in the pond all those years ago 🤩 And boy have they grown!

Hey, I remember you 😊
Got something to eat for an old friend? ❤️

#Waterfallwednesday is always a great day! Especially when you looking back at something you did so long ago 😊

Have a Great Day!

PS: I can almost see the weekend from here…


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

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Tranquil Tuesday | Moment of Zen | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Peaceful, Tranquil, Focused, Present… That’s where a beautiful Waterfall takes me 😊 To a place of Zen. This is a brand new creation in a wonderful client’s backyard. Do you think their days and nights are fixing to get a whole lot better? I do…

Have a very “Tranquil Tuesday”!

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, TN

We were making the rounds last evening, right before dark. Feeding Koi and enjoying the Gardens, when the light sprinkles started ☔️ We finally got in the golf cart to ride up to the house and I stopped for one last look 👀 So I made a little video as the rain really got started… Check it out. Talk about relaxing and a feeling of Zen…

There is nothing like the sound of a Waterfall! Except maybe the sound and, smell of the rain. I believe the word for the smell of fresh rain on the garden soil is called ‘Petrichor’…

“Petrichor : the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. The word is constructed from Greek petra (πέτρα), “rock”, or petros (πέτρος), “stone”, and īchōr (ἰχώρ), the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology.”

Combine those two things and … 🧘 Zen

Enjoy your 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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Pond Tip Tuesday | Design Tips For The Perfect Pond | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

Water features are popping up everywhere and it seems everyone wants a backyard Pond or Water Feature.

Water features come in many forms… Bubbling Fountains, Pondless Waterfalls, Ornamental Koi Ponds and so much more! My single biggest request is to design and install Custom Residential Watergardens and Ponds! Everyone wants their own personal Oasis! And Why Not? They add so much to your life. But remember, If it’s worth doing , it’s worth doing right.

Like any project you undertake , you should first do some research and gather info .

– First , look around at some local Water Features and talk to some people who have one in their life. Identify some interesting design elements that you like and may want to incorporate into yours. Streams, bridges, lighting, fish caves, waterfalls, jets, etc, etc…

 Go on a Pond Tour! There’s no better way to see some awesome Watergardens and talk to actual Pond owners than on a Pond Tour ! I have been on dozens of Pond Tours all over this country and there’s no better way to learn about what its like to have a Waterfall in your own backyard than on a good Pond Tour! In fact, we have our Annual ‘Moonlight Pond Tour’ coming up on Saturday, September 18th.! See some gorgeous Ponds and Waterfalls with extensive night lighting. You will find Inspiration and ideas galore! 💥

– If and when you need some help with your design, call a professional Pond Designer! When I need help outside of my Specialty, and I want something done right the first time, that’s what I do. AND – Be choosy! Make sure your dealing with a qualified Waterfeature Specialist ( like a C.A.C. – Certified Aquascape Contractor ), PS: it’s probably NOT the guy mowing your grass… Check references! Look at Their work (older and more recent)! And Always get a written contract! I have successfully installed thousands of Water Features over the last 32 years and would be more than happy to help you in your quest for the perfect Backyard Water Feature!

Getting a Backyard Pond is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do for yourself!

Viva La’ Ponds!

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

We have already reached the mid point of the week, the day that starts the roll toward the weekend, YES! It’s #waterfallwednesday!
No matter how many times I see this waterfall or sit by it to relax in the evening, it never fails to please. Last night I found myself returning to the well once more…

This little Waterfall is in my greenhouse. I love ❤️ sitting out there and listening to the Falls and watching the light flicker and get thrown all around by the waterfalls movement. It’s very hypnotic and relaxing.

Waterfall Wednesday is always a great day!

Enjoy!

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, TN

Good Morning! 🌞 The weekend was Awesome! But, it’s Monday morning and before I can saddle up for another week, I need to get my mind right. A calm, focused mind is a powerful thing. Sitting by my waterfall for a few minutes always does the trick… I’m able to clear my mind and focus, I get that feeling of Zen

I hope you enjoyed this little clip. A Waterfall is a little bit of magic 🪄 A bit of Zen.

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

Yes, another week is flying by ✈️ It’s already #waterfallwednesday 🌊

Many people ask me what my favorite Waterfall that we’ve built is…? Well, it’s the one we are building right now of course 😊

Not all Waterfalls are huge and dramatic. Some are gentle and meandering, with streams and lots of small falls and guess what… They have a HUGE impact in the Landscape!
One of the main things in my opinion, is that they fit the scale of the existing Landscape and topography. In other words, if you put a big mound in the middle of a flat space, expect the ‘Volcano’ effect. I try to always make it feel as natural and real as possible.

We are half way to the weekend! Boom 💥

Have a Great Waterfall Wednesday!

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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