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Hump Day Koi Fix – Cool Koi Facts | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It’s Wednesday, AKA: Hump Day! The day of the week that I like to blog about Koi. I have spent a lot of time lately blogging about Koi colors & markings and different varieties, etc… Today how about some fun facts… –

Some of my Koi. The Big Sanke in the middle of the pack – right below the Koi with the yellow ‘Ki’ head) is named Jaws 🙂 I got him when he was 15 years old. He lived another 15 years in my Pond and died at the age of 30 or so. A Koi breeder told me thats probably a good average age for a domestic Koi in a backyard Water Garden. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

 

10 Cool Koi Facts –

1- Did you know that Koi and Goldfish aren’t the same species? Koi are descendants of common Carp and weren’t selectively bred until the 1800’s.
2- Goldfish were bred for their beauty and were prized by collectors 100’s of years before Koi were developed.
3- Koi were originally used as a food source. They were originally brought to Japan for this sole purpose.
4- Koi get MUCH larger than Goldfish! The largest measured/recorded Koi was 4 feet in length & weighed over 90 pounds! WOW!

WOW! This is a HUGE Koi! Koi can grow up to 48″ in length and weigh over 50+ pounds…

5- Koi can live a LONG time! The oldest recorded Koi was named ‘Hanako’, (pronounced han-nah-koh) which means ‘Flower Maid’ in Japanese. Hanako lived to be 226 years old! WOW!

6- The aquatic plants in your Koi Pond not only look beautiful and provide natural habitat, they help provide much needed SHADE! Koi sunburn badly!
7- Koi LOVE different foods! Try feeding them lettuce, peas, watermelon and oranges!

It’s time to feed the fish 🙂 Try something different. Koi LOVE fresh fruit and veggies too!

8- We love them for their bright,beautiful colors, but, their colors make them a target for predators like Herons and other birds of prey. Install a ‘Fish Cave’ to give them a place to hide from danger.
9- One female Koi can lay as many as 50,000 eggs during a breeding season! Up to 50% can hatch… WOW! That’s a LOT of babies!
10- Koi are intelligent and trainable! You can easily train your koi to eat from your hand and to ring a bell for a treat! Prety Cool!

 

I LOVE learning more about my finned friends and I hope you do too!

Happy Pondering! and Merry Christmas!🎄

PS: Koi make a wonderful gift! 🎅🏻

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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Merry Christmas From Cartercountry | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It’s that time of year again my friends! We’re putting up Christmas trees 🎄 & Decorations, Tinsel  & Bows 🎁 & everyone is humming Christmas tunes.

The Team at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio wants to wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Come visit Carters Nursery for some unique Christmas gifts. Our most popular gifts are Carters Nursery Gift Certificates and “Holiday Pond Packages” Come by and get yours today!

The ultimate gift from Carters is one of our Holiday Pond Packages. We make a custom card and gift box for you to put under the tree! Then, at your command, we come out on a scheduled Design Consultation & personally design your new custom  Water Feature! * (Ask for more details & about our great finance program!).

It’s time to get in the Christmas Spirit!

Merry Christmas 🎄 from Carters Nursery!

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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Hump Day Koi Fix – Beni Kumonryu | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Last week we looked at the Kumonryu Koi – The scaleless (doitsu) white and black koi with a unique ‘changeable’ pattern. Today I was looking at another Koi known as the Beni Kumonryu – They are Kumonryu with the color red thrown into the mix!

The Beni Kumonryu was developed by breeding a Kumonryu with a Doitsu Kohaku Koi. Beautiful!

The Beni Kumonryu have red color along with the classic black and white. They also have changeable patterns and colors. Like the classic Kumonryu, they will generally have more Sumi (Black pattern) in the Winter months and the white and red colors come back strong as the seasons warm. The reason for the changing colors isn’t totally understood, but it does seem to be affected by water temperature and changes in pH.

When choosing a Beni Kumonryu look for great body conformation and symmetry in the color markings.

Happy Pondering!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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http://www.cartercountry.com
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Halloween Hump Day Koi Fix – The Ghost Koi | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

What a perfect day to discuss the scariest of all Koi – The Ghost Koi!

The Ghost koi has gained some popularity in the last few years, but many “Koi people” still do not recognize them as a true koi! – they are refereed to as Ghost carp instead.

The “Ghost Koi” is a product of breeding a mirror carp with a metallic Ogon Koi. For this reason many Koi purists don’t consider them a true “Koi”…

They are very hardy fish and much less susceptible to diseases. They also grow extremely fast! Both of these traits make them a great first Koi!

Ghost Koi don’t have a lot of markings like other Koi so their beauty comes from their shining metallic scales! Their colors can vary from dark to cream to silver and even golden. The head is generally creamy and the body colors will widely vary depending on the parents color.

I guess what I’m saying is, even though they have a scary name, & the fact that it is Halloween – Don’t be wary of the Ghost Koi! They are really pretty cool 🙂

Enjoy your Koi! AND – HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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http://www.cartercountry.com
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When Do I Stop Feeding My Koi in the Fall? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We have had a long, HOT Summer and have enjoyed feeding our ‘Finned Friends’ every day 😊 But now we are going into the cooler months of the year and one of the most asked questions I get is – “When do I STOP feeding my Koi in the Fall?”

A very important tool to have in your pond is a simple pond thermometer. When temps drop below 60 I start feeding “Low Temp. Fish Food” & some fresh fruits and veggies like peas, oranges, grapefruit & carrots. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It’s very important to take your fish into the colder months as healthy & happy as possible! They are cold blooded and their metabolism will soon slow to a crawl! So feeding the right foods now will really help them for their long journey through Fall & Winter.

At 6o degrees I discontinue regular Koi Food for Cool Season Food. I also start giving them some daily treats like fresh or frozen veggies and fruits like (peas, carrots, grapefruit, oranges & melon). These food are a good source of vitamins & minerals and help to ready them for the Winter.

Get your Cool Temp Koi Food at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN                                   After the water temp drops to 55 degrees I slow my feeding down to 1 time per day with just cool temp Koi food. Then after the water has reached 50 degree’s F. (sustained around 10 days time) STOP all feeding until Spring!

This is tough on me… BUT, I know it’s something that I have to do for their overall health. Feeding them when their metabolism is in Winter mode can/will kill them! So even on a warm day when they are literally begging for food – DON’T DO IT!

And don’t forget – keep the skimmer free of leaves & other debris and keep dreaming of Spring 😊 It will be coming before we know it!

Happy Pondering!

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


Friday Radio Report…

It’s FRIDAY again & another great show is in the books! Thank you for all the calls and comments!

The headline today should read : Fall is finally here! The weather finally caught up to the calendar 😊 It’s going to feel perfect tomorrow for our Fall Fest! Y’all come

We love Fall around here 🙂 Come out and join us this Saturday at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio for The Fall Fest & Water Garden Workshop & bring the family! | Jackson, Tennessee

We had some great calls today  –

  •  Can we still plant? Yes! In fact, this is the best time of the year to plant shrubs and trees!
  • planting salad veggies – lettuce, beets, carrots, radishes, scallions, etc. Greens too like spinach and turnips.
  • Can I trim and prune my shrubs and trees? Some light trimming if needed, but leave most until winter dormancy and early Spring.
  • one man purchased a building site lot that has sub surface springs and he now can’t build on it! Can he plant fruit trees? Quick answer, probably… Need to do more research, this might have a fix?

– We also got several texts and we really appreciate your text questions too! We don’t always get to answer all of them on the air but we try to get to as many as we can.

In other News – Today of course is “Fishy Friday” at the nursery- Come by and save $$! AND- we are extending this 20% sale on Fish through Saturday this week! So come on!

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

Great show today!!! Thanks to ALL the callers!

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.!

PS : Help me share this video for tomorrow’s Fall Fest!

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


Get your “Hump Day Koi Fix” X2 This Week! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Wednesday is KOI Day at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio! Every “Hump Day” I blog about Koi – Varieties of Koi, Koi Health, Breeding Koi, Koi Keeping, Feeding Koi, etc, etc…

It’s time to feed the fish! Your welcome to come by and join me 😊

AND every Friday at my Nursery is “Fishy Friday” – a day when all my pond fish are on “Sale”!

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 -Thank God It’s Fishy Friday! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Well this week you’re gonna get a Twofer! This Saturday is our Annual Fall Fest. and we are going to extend “Fishy Friday” into a two day affair and offer a 20% discount on Saturday too! Y’all Come!

We love ❤️ Fall around here 🙂 Come out and join us at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio for The Fall Fest & Water Garden Workshop, bring the family & save on some awesome Fish! | Jackson, Tennessee

Come pick out some beautiful, healthy fish for your Pond and SAVE $$!!!

Bring your kids and/or Grand-kids when you get new fish. Kids LOVE ❤️ Koi! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I LOVE ❤️ KOI!

Watching my Koi swim and glide through the water is my daily Joy! Feeding time is a twice a day ritual…

I Love ❤️ Koi!

 

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