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Hump Day Koi Fix | The Rule Of 60 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

Spring is in full swing! We are past our last frost date and the whole world is greening up, I LOVE it! So do my Koi! 😊 They have been tearing up the Cool Season Koi Food and the veggies I have been feeding them. In fact, many of my customers and fellow Koi enthusiasts have been feeding Cool Season Food & have asked me the all important question…

– When can I start feeding regular and Color Enhancing Koi Food?

My Answer- Remember the rule of 60!

When the water temperature has stabilized above 60 degrees Fahrenheit you can switch to a Higher Protein or a Color Enhancing Koi Food. We like to call it the ‘Rule Of 60’… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We have covered The Rule of 50 in previous Blogs, when coming out of Winter into Spring, you must let the water temp stabilize for at least a week at 50+ degrees Fahrenheit before you start to feed your koi. AND, when you do start back to feeding, you should use a quality, Cool Season Koi Food! And don’t over feed! Gradually reintroduce food to them in small amounts.

Now, at least for me (check your thermometer) it’s time to make the transition to a regular Koi Food. In fact, I will start to feed both high protein and color enhancing feed, alternating weekly between the two.

Every Pond should have a floating Pond thermometer. Our finned friends are cold blooded & water temperature is very important when it comes to seasonal feeding times. Pick one up at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

So to wrap it up, check your water temp & when your above 60 degrees for several days in a row and climbing, you can transition to warm season Koi Food. That’s the “Rule of 60”… 😉

Viva La’ Spring!

Happy Pondering 🤔

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

All this warm weather this last week followed by this rain last night and today is going to make all these emerging plants and trees just explode with growth. I LOVE Spring 😊 Enjoy a rainy Sunday with family and friends.

Sometimes a rainy day is a sweet thing 😊

“And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”
     ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

 

Have a great day!

 

Mark C.



Hail to Spring! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Good morning! Spring has finally arrived and I am a Happy Camper! 😊 we have had 3 back to back perfect sunrises, a record this year 😉 and the extended forecast looks good! This Saturday we will kick it off with our annual Spring Fest & Customer Appreciation Day! You are ALL welcome to come out and eat lunch with us and ring in Spring.

Here at last, here at last! Spring is here at last! 😊

 

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’

~ Robin Williams

 

Smile! It’s Spring 😎

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Sunday Reflections…

I woke up this morning to such a surprise! WOW! What’s going on?! What in the world is that in the sky?! My wife said, I think it’s the Sun 🌞 😊

Up with the sun! It’s time to get outside & see what’s happening in the garden. Spring is Coming!

After the storm yesterday evening, as the front moved on past, you could see the clearing in the sky & it had a red glow from what was left of the sunset. Almost at the same time Jo & I said  “Red sky at night, sailors’ delight” 😊 Which in the old saying is followed by – “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning”.

Right then I knew we would have a beautiful Sunrise in the morning!

In case you didn’t know, that old saying about the sky is true & it comes straight from the Bible and the words of Jesus –

Matthew 16:2-3

He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times”.

As for me, I’m just thrilled that we are past the rain for a bit! Prayers for all the folks around the river who are facing a record setting flood 🙏🏻 It’s getting pretty bad!

 

“We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness”.

~ Sapna Reddy

 

Have a great day! ✌️❤️

 

~ Mark C.



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

Nothing says Spring to me, like a freshly cleaned pond! I just LOVE it! ❤️ Spring feeding time is getting near and my finned friends & I are ready!

The Waterfalls and Pond are clean, clear and ready for the season! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I keep a pretty close eye 👁 on my Water Features, so it wasn’t as monumental a task as it could have been😉 but there’s still a LOT of benefits to starting the season with a clean Pond! Devoid of dirty filters, half rotten leaves, fish waste and decaying plant matter from last years growth. My Koi really appreciate it too as your about to see 😊 I went out at dark and shot this short video after the Pond was full and the Waterfalls running. The Koi are so happy! They are swimming and sifting through the gravel and so active. I ❤️ My Koi! I hope this little video  gives you a nice feeling too! A little bit o’ Zen on a Monday morning…

 

Here’s to Spring!

Happy Pondering 🤔

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Now Is The Time To Prepare For Spring! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

We are “Post Groundhog Day” & rapidly approaching Spring! You have been saving $$ and planning to put in that Water Feature you have always wanted… Now is a great time to start the process of Designing & getting on the Work Schedule!

Spring will be here soon & it will be time to feed our Koi again. Stay ahead of the pack and get on the schedule ASAP.

So many people wait till that perfect Spring day in April, the flowers are blooming and the birds are singing, and they say “Let’s do this”! When can you start? And I tell them 6 to 8 weeks… Most understand that we stay pretty busy, but many are disappointed in the waiting time. BUT, this is YOUR reminder😊 Give me a call now and let’s get you on the early Spring schedule- The seasonal clock 🕰 is ticking, stay ahead of the game.

Happy Pondering 🤔

 

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Traditions and Celebrations | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Traditions are important and some go way back! Our modern Groundhog Day has roots all the way back into ancient Ireland!

The Spring celebration of Imbolc was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. It marked the halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox.

It also has history with early German settlers that came over in the 1700’s. They celebrated a similar holiday at the halfway point called Candlemas day.  

Today, we’ve added our unique American spin to it & we call it Groundhog Day and a furry groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil is our go between… He checks the weather, and if it’s nice & sunny – No Joy! 6 more weeks of bad weather. But, if it’s raining or overcast, he see’s NO shadow – Bam 💥! Spring is coming quick!

If ground-hog day was bright and fair,
The beast came forth, but not to stay;
His shadow turned him to his lair,
Where six weeks more, he dormant lay
Secure in subterranean hold—
So wondrous weatherwise was he—
Against six weeks of ice and cold,
Which, very certain, there would be…
~H.L. Fisher, “Popular Superstitions,”

No matter what you celebrate or believe, today marks the downhill roll towards Spring! My FAVORITE season of the year! Bring it 😊

Today is a day to celebrate indeed!

Have a great weekend! And, Happy Groundhog Day!

 

PS: My prediction- Spring will get here around the 20th of March 😉

 

Mark Carter