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Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

The year is young and I don’t know if I have shared this “Video Business Card” with y’all this year yet? I’ve been using it a while & am in the process of doing a new one. Any feedback or ideas on how to make it better are appreciated! So, without further ado…

Happy Pondering 🤔

 

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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The Growing Popularity of Outdoor Living! Revisited! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I penned this one several years ago but it still gets read and brought up to me. This one was published in Tennessee Gardener & I have had many Master Gardeners bring the article to shows and events over the years. It’s still very relevant today so I wanted to re-blog it 😊 I don’t have all the original pictures that were published with the story anymore. Let me know what you think. It’s all about Ourdoor Living!

Outdoor Lifestyle Areas allow you to really enjoy the backyard. A Pond, Patio, grill and garden area to get comfy is the Ultimate! This is one of my Outdoor Room displays at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tn. 38305

Living The Life Abundant

I see more and more people staying home these days… myself included. Instead of taking that trip to Spain, France or even Disney World, more and more of us are staying local and putting our time and money into our Homes & BACKYARDS! This is a huge trend across the country and it has been growing by leaps and bounds since 9/11. The trend has a name too, they call it “Cocooning ”.

It makes good sense to me! Instead of spending your vacation running around the country, spending all the money you saved, just to get back home more exhausted than before you left; Why not put your time and money into your home and backyard and enjoy it year round with your family and friends… Watergarden’s, Koi Ponds, Swimming Pools, Backyard Patios and Decks, Outdoor Kitchens with Herb Gardens and Pottery overflowing with Vegetables and Flowers 🤗 Sound good? That sounds like the ‘Life Abundant’ to me !

Lakeside Living at its Best

One of my clients recently decided to sell his beautiful home and build a new home in a local, private lakeside development. After I saw the lot I was as excited as he and his wife were! Living on the water is a wonderful thing! I was asked to work up a ‘simple’ backyard plan that would include a swimming pool with natural stone waterfalls, a watergarden with aquatic plants and fish, a stone patio with lots of space and a fishing area down by the lake. In other words, a resort right there in their own backyard. “Cocooning 101 ”!

We went to work right away and developed a ‘Concept Design’ for the back yard. With only a few minor changes we were ready to get started creating their new ‘Back yard Resort’. It was a fairly large scale job and the actual work took approximately 1 month to complete. We used specimen quality stone and nice mature plant material on this project so the first full season for this landscape looked like it had been there for quite awhile. Let me tell you folks… It changed their lives for the good!

This is a Google Earth image of the project that this story was written about over 10 years ago. Complete with a huge stone patio, large Koi Pond bordering/between the upper patio & the Pool deck/patio. An in-ground pool with a beautiful waterfall and jump rock & gorgeous landscaping right on the side of the lake. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Just Do It

Whether you live on a lake or on any average city street, you too can create a Backyard Haven that you will love coming home to each and every day. It all starts with a basic Landscape Plan; Sit down with pen and paper and do a basic sketch, OR call me, I can help!  Include a place to sit within the garden, a deck or patio, be sure to include a Fountain or Watergarden, definitely  some beautiful Shrubs and Flowers, maybe some basic Vegetables and Herbs in the Landscape or in a container like Tomato’s or Basil and Cilantro. Before you know it, you will be eating dinner out there every night. Your Lifestyle will change for the better – and you my friends will be living the ‘Life Abundant’ !

Thanks & Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅🏻❤️

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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Moonlight Pond Tour Time Has Arrived | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

The day has finally arrived! We have straitened up, checked the lights, filled the tiki torches & iced down the drinks  🍹  We are ready to enjoy a wonderful night in the garden!

My Pond is even more beautiful at night I think. Come check it out tonight at the Moonlight Pond Tour.

Bring a flashlight and a jacket just in case it tries to sprinkle rain  ☔️ But, don’t let the rain scare you off. It rarely rains enough to even effect the fun you will have 🙂

Saturday, September 22nd is the night of the Moonlight Tour. Moonlight Pond Tour tickets are $20 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). 100% of ALL ticket sales & donations go to the Jackson Animal Care Center!

 

“The Jackson Animal Care Center receives 100% of the money from the tickets we sell for the tour! We Love and Support our Local Animal Adoption Center and we support their Mission in our Community. AND, we truly appreciate YOUR support! Without the community behind this, it won’t work. So please come out and help us make this a Success. It’s a Win-Win – Enjoy a GREAT night out while helping a worthy cause.”

What: The 14th. Annual Moonlight Pond Tour

When: Saturday, September 22nd. from dusk (7:00) till 11pm.

Where: Beautiful North Jackson, Tn. in Madison County.

Why: It’s Fun, Affordable and it’s for a GREAT CAUSE! A truly Unique & Beautiful Garden Tour!

Tickets: $20 for the Pond Tour (no charge for kids age 12 and under)

Moonlight Pond Tour Tickets are ON SALE NOW at Carter’s Nursery! Call Jo or Sandra for more info at 731-424-2206

I’ll see y’all around the Ponds!

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

 



Friday Radio Report… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Did you tune in today? If you did, you got a treat! FUN! 🙂 If you didn’t you missed a GREAT show! LOTS of calls and LOTS of TEXTS! WOW! Thanks for all the Love!

We talked a bit about FALL! Tomorrow is the 1st day of the Fall Season! The Autumnal Equinox…

The Autumnal equinox is the moment when the Sun appears to cross the celestial equator, heading southward. The day and night times are equal! From here the days keep getting shorter until the Winter Solstice on December 21st.

We also talked about the Moonlight Pond Tour! This is a rain or shine event and is a fundraiser for the Jackson Animal Care Center. 100% of the money goes to help them, so please come out and enjoy a great evening and know that you are helping the animals.

Saturday, September 22nd is the night of the Moonlight Tour. Moonlight Pond Tour tickets are $20 ea. (kids under 12 are FREE!). 100% of ALL ticket sales & donations go to the Jackson Animal Care Center!

Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale is becoming a BIG problem! Here is a link to info from UT to help deal with this problem –

We also talked about a promotion that we are running at the Nursery on Koi and other Pond Fish! It’s called “Fishy Fridays” and f you have been wanting to get some new fish at a great price, this is for you!

For the next few weeks every Friday is a “Fishy Friday”! That means all of the fish you purchase are at a 20% discount! TGIFF! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Thanks for the calls and texts and Thanks for a GREAT Summer season at Carters Nursery! We LOVE our customers and this whole community!

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.!

Have a GREAT weekend!

PS: See y’all at the Moonlight Pond Tour! #moonlightpondtour

 

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



Your “Hump Day” Koi Fix | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I ❤️ Koi! Wednesday’s blog is always about Koi too! It’s for people (like myself 🙂) that Love ❤️ their Ponds & Love ❤️ their Koi😍 Today, is no different ☺️ Today is all about Koi!

It’s time to feed the fish 🙂 Your welcome to come by and join me. Have a great week! Don’t forget, THIS SATURDAY night is the Moonlight Pond Tour! #moonlightpondtour

I Have a great batch of Koi that I have been feeding and monitoring for a  few weeks that are ready for sale! Happy & Healthy! Come by and get you a few

PS: #ilovekoi

PSS: #moonlightpondtour

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



Kikokuryu – Your Hump Day “Koi Fix” | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

The Kikokuryu Koi is a scaleless koi (doitsu), with a white base color with black markings along the single row of scales down it’s back. The black markings are also on the head, prominently around the eyes and nose of the Koi.

The Kikokuryu is a metallic black and white Koi developed from crossing Kumonryu and Doitsu platinum Ogon.

Commonly called ‘Kiko’s’, the colors of a young Kikokuryu can range from black and white with blue and silver mixed in too. But the colors tend to darken with age and even in the cooler water in Fall & Winter. This changing, maturing color is a trait they got from their Kumonryu cousins.

A very interesting, beautiful Koi, the Kikokuryu is a favorite of mine as well as many others in the hobby.

Thanks to all! and,

~ Happy Pondering!

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



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

I get to to enjoy my Water Garden and Koi every night, and I know many of you LOVE to come by during the Moonlight Pond Tour and check out the lights and the Fish too. Well, it’s almost time for our annual Fall Pond Tour again. Next Saturday night September 22nd is the date! Here’s a short video of me feeding some of my Koi after dark, my favorite “Zen” activity of the evening 😊 I hope it lends a little Zen to your day…

PS: Bring some friends and come to the Moonlight Pond Tour! It helps support local animals via the Jackson Animal Care & Adoption Center. A ‘Win-Win!

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