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Sunday Reflections…

Sunday Reflections…

Spring is finally here and I am thankful 🙏🏻
I admit there is a lot to love about all the individual seasons… But Spring is #1 to me!

All trees are starting to bloom! Everything is waking up from winter. Spring lifts my spirits like nothing else 😊

I’m going to keep it short this morning. Mainly because I want to get outside … It’s a beautiful, sunny, 65 degree Spring day and I don’t want to miss a second of it 😊

The forsythias are in full bloom as are the redbuds! Azaleas 🌺 are coming soon.

I think I saw my first hummingbird yesterday?! It was a flash out of the corner of my eye 👁 but I know that flash pretty well. I went right up and put out a fresh feeder…

This is the time to put your feeders outside. The Hummers are coming! I ❤️ Hummingbirds 😊

I hope you enjoy this beautiful Spring morning as much as I am 😊

Have a great Sunday!

“In a pleasant spring morning all men’s sins are forgiven”
~ Thoreau.

Mark C.



Spring Has Finally Sprung! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I’ve been counting down the days and hollering “Spring is Coming” from the rooftops! It’s felt like a long time coming, but Spring is finally here!

Ahhhh, Spring! Renewal. Resurgence. Resurrection.

Everything is waking up and flushing out again! How can you help but feel an awaking in this season ❤️ I Love Spring!

Today we sit in the center, with equal night and day. The Vernal/Spring Equinox.

Its going to be a beautiful day! Springtime in Tennessee! 🌼🌞❤️

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

What a beautiful morning! Warm with a light breeze, the tree pollen is down a bit too. Perfect Sunday morning in May! 

I’m getting my Garden in order this weekend. I love the month of May!

I really start planting in earnest when May arrives. Frost is behind us & the garden is calling… The whole world is alive and thriving now 😊 It feels so nice! I’m going back inside to have breakfast, then it’s on! 


“May and June.  Soft syllables, gentle names for the two best months in the garden year: cool, misty mornings gently burned away with a warming spring sun, followed by breezy afternoons and chilly nights.  The discussion of philosophy is over; it’s time for work to begin.” 
  ~ Peter Loewer

Have a great Sunday!

 

Mark C. 



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

I LOVE this Waterfall! Our goal was to create a feature that looks and feels Natural. From the main viewing area I think we pulled it off pretty well 😊 

The sound and energy of a natural Waterfall and creek will make you stop in your tracks! You have to take it in. You want to sit down and feel the energy, feel the Zen. 

Have a great Monday! 

 

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

Sunday morning is my favorite morning to grab a cup of coffee and get outside! This morning the birds were singing up a storm & there was still a good breeze blowing. Last night was more of a gale force wind 💨 LOTS of plants to stand up at the nursery 😊 

Like most late April’s, we have been sunny and warm one day to cool and raining the next… Tonight looks like we are getting down into the upper 30’s 🥶 But, that’s April in Tennessee! Can you say “Blackberry Winter”! 

When the Wisteria and the Blackberries are blooming, expect a cold snap. The old folks call it Blackberry Winter 🥶

 

“The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.”
   ~ Robert Frost


Have a Blessed Sunday! 

Mark Carter



Enjoy the beauty Now! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

This lockdown has really shook up spring 2020! The clock is spinning fast and we are flipping calendar pages without really noticing the changing of the seasons. 
My advice- Get outside and see the beauty that’s happing before the Spring is gone…

Azaleas, Dogwoods, Iris & more are in full bloom right outside your window. Don’t miss it!

“How many million Aprils came
before I ever knew
how white a cherry bough could be,
a bed of squills, how blue
And many a dancing April
when life is done with me,
will lift the blue flame of the flower
and the white flame of the tree
Oh burn me with your beauty then,
oh hurt me tree and flower,
lest in the end death try to take
even this glistening hour…

~ Sara Teasdale


Spring is here! Just looking at the landscape in your yard or along the fence row can really put a smile on your face 😊

Have a great 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, Tennessee

Watching the blooms unfold and the bees working them while the birds sing in the background… Magic! Reminds me of the old song…

“Let me tell you about the birds and the bees
And the flowers and the trees
And the moon up above
And a thing called “Love” ~~
Let me tell you about the stars in the sky
And a girl and a guy
And the way they could kiss
On a night like this
When I look into your big brown eyes
It’s so very plain to see~~~
That it’s time you learned about the facts of life Starting from A to Z
Let me tell you about the birds and the bees
And the flowers and the trees
And the moon up above
And a thing called “Love”~”



I hope this short clip draws you outside into your landscape!

 

Have a GREAT day!

 

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2846 Old Medina Rd. 
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Yes! We have Hope!

Just a quick piece of advice from my viewpoint. Stop watching the news! The 24 hour news cycle will drag you down and steal your hope! 

Instead, do something you don’t normally get to do while at home.. Do a puzzle! Play a board game ♟ Read a book 📚 Draw or paint 🎨 or go outside on the porch and listen to the birds sing 🐦 

The birds are out in force feasting on seeds, berries & worms 🐛 It’s Springtime in Tennessee!

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
 
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
 
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.

 ~ Emily Dickinson 

Stay positive and keep your hope. This will be over sooner than later ❤️

 Mark Carter



Spring Newsletter | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Our Spring Newsletter, “The Aquagardener” has been being published now for 25 years! Please excuse the jumbled layout in places, this is from a quick copy/paste… A quickie for the Blog. If your not already on our email list, send me your email request and I will put you on our mail out. You will receive it quarterly. Thanks

AQUAGARDENER  SPRING 2020 EDITION
 
 
 
 
 
 
MARCH 8TH
 
Daylight Savings Time 
So set your clocks FORWARD tonight.
 
The winter does not go without 
looking backward.
-Finnish proverb
 
 

  

 

 
Carter’s Nursery’s 

Spring Festival & Customer Appreciation Day! 

MARCH 21st 


 

We are hosting something for the whole family! We will hold Educational Workshops about pond & fish care for hobbyists and hard core pond lovers. Also we will have a Petting Zoo for the kids + GREAT FOOD for all! Come out and help us kick off SPRING!
 
This is a FREE event!

 

 

 

 

The Petting Zoo  GRILLIN OUT 1


 

GRILLIN OUT 2   POND CLEAN OUT
 

  

 

 

 
  
“The air is like a butterfly
With frail blue wings.
The happy earth looks at the sky
And sings.”
 
     ~ Joyce Kilmer
 
      GET YOUR SEEDS NOW!!!
 
       WHY HEIRLOOM SEEDS?
 
Remember those tomatoes your Grandparents grew, or the ones that the farmer down the road used to sell at his roadside stand?
  
 
With the advent of hybrid seeds, the older open-pollinated varieties are getting harder to find. While the hybrids have many advantages (disease resistance, greater productivity, more uniform fruit, etc.) they just can’t match the heirlooms for taste, and isn’t that why you grow your own vegetables? With a little extra care and planning, the heirloom varieties can do just as well as the hybrids in your backyard garden.
 
This year, why not try some of the simple old fashioned varieties in your garden? We think you will be pleasantly surprised! Don’t forget to plant a few herbs, as well. They’ll complement your fresh produce nicely on the dinner table.
 
After tasting your own freshly picked herbs, you’ll readily agree to their superior taste! Once you try them, you’ll always insist on growing your own!!  
 
SEED SAVERS SEED IS AVAILABLE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE AT CARTER’S NURSERY. CALL FOR INFO ON VARIETIES OR STOP BY AND CHECK EM OUT! IF WE DON’T HAVE THE VARIETY YOUR LOOKING FOR WE CAN ORDER THEM FOR YOU!
 
 
Daffodil Days
“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
 
   ~ William Wordsworth, Daffodils
   
IMPORTANT MARCH DATES & GREAT TIPS 
FOR ALL THE GARDENERS OUT THERE
 
 
MARCH 8TH: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
 

   MARCH 9TH: 
Full Worm Moon:March’s Full Moon goes by “Worm Moon” because earthworm castings appear on top of the thawing ground, heralding the return of the Robins. Northern Tribes knew it as the Full Crow Moon; to the settlers; it was the Lenten Moon or the Full Sap Moon.
 
GARDENING TIP FOR THE FULL MOON : 
Use coffee grounds as mulch around acid-loving 
plants such as azaleas & blueberries
 
 
 
FULL WORM MOON 2020
 
 
MARCH 15TH : IDES OF MARCH-
            
 
Finish up the last of the 
Winter Squash from the root cellar 
by adding a cup of mashed, cooked 
squash and finely diced onion to 
corn bread batter. Yum ! ! !
 
 
 
MARCH 17TH : ST. PATRICK’S DAY – 

Put white carnations in warm water 
For a fun St. Patty’s Day decoration, 
with a few drops of green food color.
 
 
MARCH 19TH: – SPRING BEGINS TODAY !!! – 
In the spring,
at the end of the day,
you should smell like dirt.
-Margaret Atwood, Canadian Writer (b.1939)
 
 
MARCH 24TH : NEW MOON – 
The word “TARRAGON”
tarkhun, or “dragon”, due to the 
originates from the Arabic word 
serpentine appearance of the plant’s roots.
 
 
 
 
 
TIMELY ADVICE
Peas are a time-honored crop, great for early planting because of their love of cool weather and resistance to frost. But how early is early? Folklore may hold the answer. For a hearty growing season, tradition tells us that peas should be planted on March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day.
( THAT’S WHEN MY GRAND PARENTS  ALWAYS PLANTED THEIRS). “To double up on good luck,”  also sow during the waxing Moon. Suspicious of sparrows? Hold a couple of pea seeds in your mouth while you plant without speaking- the birds will leave your crop alone. I thought my grandparents just liked peas so much; that they enjoyed sucking on them while they planted them. 🙂

 
RIPPLES MOONLIGHT
 
 
Greetings from the garden… 
 
Spring is upon us! Daylight Savings time goes into effect THIS WEEKEND! The water temp is right to start feeding our Koi! And the whole world is coming ALIVE! I just LOVE this time of the year! 
 
We are about to kick off the season with our Annual Spring Fest & Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, March 21st! YOU are invited to come out and enjoy the day with us 🙂 Pond Maintenance class, plant sales, a petting zoo for the kids, grilled food & beautiful gardens… I cant’ wait! Y’all Come!
       
 
~ Mark Carter
 
 
Koi, th Jewels of the Pond 
 
 
 
It’s Pond Clean-Out Season Again!  
 
 
Koi, th Jewels of the Pond
 
 Carter’s Nursery offers seasonal Pond Cleaning service for our customers. We will perform a full clean out of your Pond, Water Garden and/or Pondless Waterfall or Fountain. If you would like to get on  the Pond Service Schedule please call the office at  731-424-2206 and speak to Jo or Sandra to schedule it. Time is running out to schedule before it gets HOT, so call us right away to get on the schedule.  
 
 

Don’t Let Algae Cramp Your Style!
Electronic Solution to String Algae
Beat string algae with an IonGen!

 
The IonGen™ System G2 Electronic Algae Controller allows you to spend your time relaxing next to your water feature instead of trying to maintain it!

 Drastically reduces pond Mainteneance caused by algae
  • Helps reduce unsightly string algae
  • Can be installed on existing Aquascape System
  • Compatible with water containing fish and plants
  • Energy efficient (less than $1.00 per month in electricity)
  • Unit weight: 3.3 lbs.
  • MSRP $450.00
Call to get your IonGen today!
(Installation services available) GET YOUR ION-GEN INSTALLED DURING YOUR POND CLEAN OUT AND YOU WILL SAVE MONEY ON INSTALLATION SERVICE.

 
“It was a weekly chore trying to remove the algae that grew on the rocks in our stream and waterfall. We installed an IonGen™ System and the algae simply went away and it hasn’t come back since.” – IonGen™ System User
 
 
ION GEN BEFORE & AFTER

 
                
 

 
 
 
 
“SPRING IS NATURE’S WAY OF SAYING, “LET’S PARTY!”
           – Robin Williams
 
 
WOULD YOU LIKE
 “A FACE LIFT “
FOR YOUR POND? 
 
Think of what women have gone through for years to look beautiful and fresh.
We’ve used all kinds of contraptions. From creams to actual contraptions!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Contraptions are not needed to update your pond and make it look beautiful and fresh again. It just needs a little TLC. Some of our customers have had their ponds for 15-20 years. They want something newer or just different. It doesn’t take much to give it a “New” look either. We can add some bigger rocks or change out plants, widen a stream, or deepen a stream. Did you know we can even add another waterfall without having to rip anything out! If you have been thinking you wish your pond had a newer look then give us a call at the office to schedule a face lift appointment. 731-424-2206
 
HELPFUL TIP : IF YOU HAVE YOUR FACE LIFT DONE DURING A POND CLEAN OUT, IT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY TO DO THEM AT THE SAME TIME.
 
 
“Each leaf,
each blade of grass
Vies for attention.
Even weeds
carry tiny blossoms
to astonish us.”

– Marianne Poloskey

 

For you DIY-ers out there, we also sell any supplies pond owners will need; to do their clean-outs their selves. Below you will find a Pond Clean-out Check List to help you along. If you’re not sure what size filters you need, we can help you. Just come by or call! Also like us on Facebook & follow Mark’s page for great details and tips.



‘SPRING’ POND CLEAN-OUT CHECK LIST  

 

 

1. Fish Net – Before you drain your pond for the spring clean-out, you’ll need to catch and relocate your fish into a holding tank with a bubbler. Preferably in the shade. Buying a good quality fish net will help you do this without injuring your fish during the catch and release.

2. Planting Pots – Spring clean-out is a great time to thin and divide plants that have grown out of bounds or crowded a pot. Make sure you have some aquatic plant pots handy so you can re-pot and share your new plants with other water gardeners or expand them to other areas of your pond.

3.Extra Gravel – After the freeze and thaw of winter, you’ll inevitably find rocks and gravel that have shifted, exposing bare liner. With an extra bag or two of gravel, you can cover exposed liner in a jiffy.

4. Lily Tabs – Take advantage of the water-free accessibility of water lilies, lotus, and other plants that may need to be fertilized, by having a container of lily tabs on hand when you’re doing your pond clean-out.

5. Container for Plant Debris – Grab an old plastic plant pot or bucket so you can easily dispose of any debris that you gather from the pond bottom or from dead plant matter.

6. Rubber Gloves and Boots – Spring clean-outs can be cold, wet, and messy. Arming yourself with boots and gloves will go a long way toward making this chore much less unpleasant.

7. Fish Container and Bubbler Pump – A large tub will be needed so you can have a roomy place to keep your fish during the clean-out. A Bubbler Pump will help keep oxygen levels up for your fish and reduce stress.

8. Net to Cover the Fish Container – Fish, especially large Koi, jump, and they may very well jump right out of the container that you have set up for them. Be sure to cover it with a net that is pulled tight across the container to prevent them from jumping.

9. Pump and Discharge Pipe – To drain the water out of the pond, you will need a pump and some discharge pipe. It’s OK to use your pond pump, but even better if you have an extra pump to lessen the wear and tare on your pond pump. About 2,000 GPH, depending on the size of your pond, will do the trick.

10. High Pressure Nozzle – Use a pressure nozzle on your garden hose to dislodge debris and algae from the rocks.

11. De-Toxifier – you should always use De-Toxifier to Filter and Purify the water going into the newly filled pond before you put the fish back in.

12. Expanding Foam – Expanding foam may need a bit of a touch up in some areas. Be prepared with a can of it just in case.

13. New Filter Mats – Filter mats should be replaced approximately every 3 years. If you think it might be time, be prepared by purchasing replacements prior to your clean-out.

14. Pruners – Part of a spring clean-out is pruning back dead plant material from the previous season. Make sure you have a good pair of pruners or scissors to get the job done.

15. Plastic Rake – You can rake the leaves right out of your pond with a small plastic (child’s) rake. The plastic lessens the chance of damaging the liner and the small size makes it easier to maneuver in tight spots better than an adult size rake.

 

16. Beneficial Bacteria – Always follow up your pond clean-out with Beneficial Bacteria.

 

 

Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio 2020 EVENTS Calendar


 MARCH 21st – Carter’s Nursery Spring Festival & Customer Appreciation Day! Something for the whole family! Workshops & classes, a Petting Zoo for the kids + GREAT FOOD for all! Come out and help us kick off SPRING! (Saturday 9am till 2pm) This is a FREE event!


 

MARCH 27TH & 28TH (Friday & Saturday)- The Spring Fling with the Memphis Master Gardeners located in the Red Barn at the Agri-Center in Memphis.

Come by to see our beautiful water features and talk to the areas best “Water Feature Experts”; the Carter’s Nursery crew!


 

April 4th (Saturday) We will be setting up at the Tipton County Master Gardeners Annual Lawn & Garden Expo. in Brighton, TN Come by and see our display, and of course visit with our water gardening experts!


 

April 12th (Sunday) – EASTER


 
April 22ND – EARTH DAY

 

April 24th – ARBOR DAY

 

May 10th – Mother’s Day! DON’T miss this one!

 

Pond Tours in 2020


 
We host 2 Pond Tours a year. A Summer Pond Tour (June 27th), & a Fall ‘Moonlight’ Pond Tour (October 3rd). Both are fund raisers for our local. Unique Water Gardens, Pondless Waterfalls and Fountains will be showcased on the Pond Tours.

 

 

Evenings By The Pond!


  Come out and enjoy a laid back evening by the pond. We always enjoy some good food, visit/meet friends & we try to always have an educational program on Water Gardens, Aquatic Plants, Fish OR some cool subject for all that come. These little get together’s are held through the warm season and are in different people’s homes & backyards. If you would like to come & enjoy the evening please let us know and you will be put on the e-mail invitation list. Call Jo at 731-424-2206.  – The 1st “Evening by the Pond” of the 2020 season will be hosted by Mark Carter & family at the Nursery Home on Thursday, May 21st at 6:30 pm. Address – 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, Tn. 38305.

 


 

June 21st- Father’s Day! Let’s remember Dad!

 

June 27th– The 22nd Annual Summer POP Tour – Our ‘Summer’ Pond Tour (Always the Saturday after Father’s Day) is A FUN and Beautiful Day! This is a Self -Guided Tour and a Fundraiser. Tickets are $20 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). Carters Nursery is “Pond Central” for the Pond Tour and we invite you to come by throughout the day to sit a spell, have a drink & something to eat and look at the BEAUTIFUL Gardens and Water Features.

 

~ This is also the night of the “Moonlight Luau!” Live music! + We cook a whole hog in the ground “Kalua Style” and have a party beneath the stars! This is a DON’T MISS event! More info to come!

July 4th (Thursday) – Independence Day! 


 

 

SUMMER SEMINARS (We do 3 every Summer!



 July 18th (Saturday) 9 am – 2 pm – “Get Your Feet Wet with Water Gardening”.  This will kick off our Summer Seminar Series.


 

August & September classes to be Announced.

 

October 3rd – 16th annual Moonlight Pond Tour. This is our Annual Night Time Pond Tour! The tour always falls on a Saturday Night closest to the Full Moon!! Don’t miss this Unique Garden Tour Experience! Tickets are $20 each (kids under 12 are FREE!). Carters Nursery is “Pond Central” for the Pond Tour and we invite you to come by throughout the evening  to sit a spell, have a drink & something to eat. Enjoy the Fire Pit and look at the BEAUTIFUL Garden and Water Feature Lighting. The nighttime garden is a magical world. The Moonlight Pond Tour is AWESOME!

 

 

October 17th – Fall Festival/Customer Appreciation Day- Come take part in our Workshops & Classes! FREE LUNCH for ALL that come! Petting Zoo & Pumpkin Carving Classes for the kids! BIG SALES for the Fall Season for all that come!

 

Thanks, and I hope to see you all here! Call me with any questions at #731-424-2206. Here’s to a GREAT 2020!


 

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~ Mark Carter

 

 
 
 

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2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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