Carter’s Garden Blog

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

Great show today! Also the last show for me for 2018! WOW! Another year in the history books 😱

2019 is coming fast! Will YOU be making “New Years Resolutions”?

LOTS of FUN in the studio today! Sea Bass is on vacation, but Lori Nunnery was in the house & filled everyone in on things to do in and around Jackson, TN! Check it out –

Michael King was in tha house! Holding down Sea Basses seat 😊 and talking about music 🎼 🎶🎵

– LOTS of calls!

  •  What do I need to do in the garden now? LOTS of things! Trimming, clean up, mulching leaves, composting, and planning are all top of the list! Remember, Spring is Coming!
  • Sonic trivia question “Sonic Blast of the Past” – What is the most popular Sonic Drink??? Jeopardy music…. Answer- Cherry 🍒 Lime-Aid! Boom!!!
  • LOTS of talk about CWD – Cronic Wasting Disease in deer. For more info check the website at
  • What are YOU having for New Years Dinner? For me this is a HUGE deal! Hog Jowl, Black Eyed Peas, Turnip Greens, Corn Bread & more! This has been our New Years meal my entire life and way before!

    I can’t wait till Tuesday! We eat our traditional New Years meal of hog jowl. Greens & Black eyed peas.

The Lawyer for the McGee family called in to discuss the settlement of the 2014 shooting case of their 18 year old son, Dillon McGee. For more info follow this link to the story –

Happy New Year!

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.!


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I got out in the gardens a little bit yesterday. It was such a beautiful day! Warm-ish and sunny, it strangely felt like a breezy Spring day… The soil is so soft from all the rain & warm temps & the robins and other birds were pulling worms 🐛 out of the ground and singing.

The birds were out in force feasting on seeds, berries & worms 🐛

I took this short video from above one of my Waterfalls looking down the stream as it flows away.


“I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.”
“We are nearer to Spring
Than we were in September,
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.”
   ~ Oliver Herford.
Have a a great day!
Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Free Compost! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

FALL is one of my Favorite times of the yearly ! Cooler weather, planting, gardening, fire pits, football 🏈 and all the family gatherings – Wonderful!

We are finishing up a beautiful Fall Color Show! But, like they always say – Fall color is here today & gone tomorrow…

All this beautiful color has gave way to the incredible yearly leaf 🍂 fall… That’s why Fall is a GREAT time to start a compost pile!  All those leaves + all the plants and grasses that we have to cut back + all of the upcoming holiday food scraps = a great supply of FREE usable components in an ‘all natural compost pile!

We have organic vermicompost and supplies at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Starting a Compost pile is quick , easy and won’t cost you anything to get started! Compost is one of nature’s best mulches and soil amendments and  its natural! Plus you can use it instead of chemical fertilizers to feed your veggies & other plants.

Make your leaf cleanup meaningful & productive by starting a compost pile or two.


  •  Compost improves soil structure & texture, plus it increases the soil’s water-holding capacity.
  • Compost loosens clay soils and helps sandy soils to retain water.
  • The organic matter in compost provides food for microorganisms, which in turn keeps the soil in a healthy, balanced condition.
  • Nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus are produced naturally by the feeding of microorganisms, so few if any soil amendments will need to be added.

Keep it simple. Layer your lawn clipping, leaves & kitchen scraps to make great FREE compost!

It’s easy to get started
-Bag your grass clippings and mulch up all those leaves for the compost pile!

-Save your kitchen scraps and add them to the compost pile! Kitchen scraps are high in nitrogen, which helps heat up the compost pile and speed up the composting process.

– Egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peels and scraps are good candidates for the compost pie. But DON’T add meat, grease or other animal products!

– With a compost pile, bigger is often better. Heat builds up with a bigger pile, but you don’t want to get much bigger than about 3 feet by 3 feet, if it’s too big it can be hard to work around. Multiple piles may be in order .

– Aerate your compost! If you are composting with a pile, or in a non-tumbling compost bin, be sure to mix up the contents so that the pile gets oxygen and can break down well. It helps to turn it with a pitch fork from time to time .

– Don’t let the compost completely dry out. A compost pile needs moisture to keep the composting process active , BUT , don’t keep it too wet.

– Too much of any one material will slow down the composting process. If you have all leaves, all grass clippings or an overload of any other single type of material, it can throw off the balance of the pile. It’s best to keep a balanced mix of green (nitrogen) and brown (carbon) materials.

When ready, this compost will be wonderful for the whole garden!



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