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Are You Excited? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Spring Fever is real y’all!

I get it every year without fail! There’s nothing that you can take… The Doctor will tell you “Your Fine Son, get on home”… The only thing that helps me is a “Nurseryfix”!

‘What is that’ you ask… I have found a wonderful new treatment that helps to accelerate the transition from Winter blue to Spring happiness – It’s called ‘Nurseryfix’ (patent pending)….

Come by the nursery for a ‘Nurseryfix’ asap! It will cure what ails ya’! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

LOTS of Healthy Koi are ready for sale! We are loaded with Mulch & Top Soil too! Plants are being stocked as we speak 😊 It will be Spring time at Carter Country by weeks end!

DONT FORGET – This Saturday we will ring in Spring with our annual Spring Fest! Y’all come and bring the whole family!

LOTS of friends and family came out to last years Spring Fest and spent the day in the garden with us. I hope y’all can make it this year!

 

Enjoy your day & Here’s to Spring! 🕺

 

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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Seasonal Nursery Hours through January | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Good morning! We are finishing up our year end inventory & getting a few things ready for Spring 😊 Man am I ready!

The days are getting longer & we are moving in the direction of… wait for it… SPRING!!!

We will have limited hours through this month. Starting next week, we will open Thursday & Friday (9am-4pm) & Saturday (8am-2pm). Every week in January.

Here are all the Dates –

10, 11, 12.

17, 18, 19.

24, 25, 26.

31. Then Regular hours start back Friday, February 1st.

We are excited about the 2019 Ponding and Gardening season! See y’all soon 😊

 

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

PLUS –

  •  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!

Good Luck and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

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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It’s Time To Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Do you love to see those yellow Daffodils that come up early and bring in the Spring season. I still have some daffodils, crocus and grape hyacinths that my grandma planted in the gardens and it really feels good to see them blooming every Spring! I was asked a question last Friday on the 180′ (radio show) about when and how to plant Spring Flowering Bulbs. It was toward the end of the show and we didn’t have a lot of time to go into any detail, so here is a little info…

For Best Results – Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs in the Fall. 

These daffodils were planted by my grandma and always bring happy thoughts to me. Plant them in the Fall for Spring beauty, year after year… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

The most popular Spring flowering bulbs are daffodils, tulips, crocus and hyacinths. They are the easiest to grow and find, and the least expensive to buy. You can find them at many Local Nurseries and Garden Centers this time of year (Fall). Here are a few more to check out :

  • alliums
  • anemones
  • aconites
  • dog-tooth violets
  • fritillaries
  • grape hyacinths
  • reticulated iris
  • glory-of-the-snow
  • snowdrops
  • snowflakes
  • star of Bethlehem.

The best time to plant your bulbs is right about now ( In the Fall between Thanksgiving and Christmas), at least it is here in West Tennessee. The bulbs need a lot of cold temp. time to really bloom well, so get them in asap…

Time to plant bulbs! I like to amend the soil with compost & blood and bone meal when I plant bulbs. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

First things first… Like I always say, Come up with a Design Idea! Where are you going to plant these bulbs? How many will you need? Are you going to over plant your new bed with annuals like pansy’s or violas? Get out the tape measure & a pencil and paper and come up with some basic dimensions and a basic design…Once you have a general idea that you like, get your supplies together and get started!

We have soil amendments like compost, manure, bone meal, blood meal, bulk mulch and more in stock for your projects at Carters nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, TN 38305!

Make sure too …

#1 – Get good quality, firm, heavy bulbs. NO soft, moldy or stunted ones! The bigger the better.

#2 – Get soil amendments to prepare your holes or beds. Organic is the way to go in my opinion! Blood Meal, Bone meal, Compost and chicken manure have always worked well for me. Work the soil well and as deeply as possible; rich soil and good drainage are key. If its heavy clay, work in some sand to improve drainage.

#3 – Plant you bulbs! Most bulbs get planted 2 to 3 times their diameter in depth except for the smaller ones (less that 1 1/2″), plant them 3 to 4 times their dia. deep. REMEMBER – The point goes up! You can use a bulb planter or garden trowel to install them one at a time or you can excavate an area to the proper depth and do a mass planting of your bulbs and back fill with the soil once they are all put into place. I love the effect that a big mass planting of spring color can make! Even a dozen bulbs around the mailbox can make Spring seem more abundant.

After you get them installed remember to mulch! The mulch will help hold moisture, detour weeds, stabilize the ground temperature and it looks great.

I hope this helps and I hope you plant a bunch of beautiful Spring Flowering Bulbs!

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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Friday Radio Report…

Fall is here! And as usual, ‘The 180’, is off the hook! 😂 Lots of fun, lots of calls & texts!

– Special guest Johnna Beuerlein was in the studio today and was Awesome! She talked a little about politics and made a lot of good sense to me 😊 A patriot and a great American!

Then we took some calls and answered some questions about gardening and outdoor living. Questions about –

  •  Fall Gardens
  • Fall Pond Maintenance
  • Pond Netting
  • Trimming & Pruning
  • Hummingbirds are getting ready to head south!
  • Sizes of Crepe Myrtles & more…

We also talked a little about Koi and fish care – that lead into one of my weekly promotions that we call “Fishy Friday’s”…

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

We also spoke about our upcoming Fall Fest. Saturday, October 13th. That’s 2 weeks away folks! Put it on your calendars & come see us.

We love Fall around here 🙂 Come out and enjoy the day with us at our Annual Fall Fest., Saturday, October 13th.! Pond Classes, Pumpkin carving, Petting zoo, Grilled food & more at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee. FREE Event! For more info call – 731-423-8101. Go Vols!

We also spoke in detail about this weather! It’s perfect! Get out and enjoy yourselves some FALL! Thanks! See y’all next week!

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
www.cartercountry.com


Saturday Shopping | Carters Nursery | Jackson TN

Come by today between 8 & 2 for some great deals & your weekly “Nurseryfix”.

Keep deadheading and fertilizing your lilies and lotus and they will continue to perform | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Opening up for a great Garden Saturday at Carters Nursery!

Have a great weekend!

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



Opening the gate at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

We are opening up on this beautiful Saturday morning to welcome you all in!!! We have some Great sales and a FULL Plant Clearance Nursery Wide! Don’t miss these bargains, everything will go FAST! 

We also have a new structure that’s kicking off Monday-

We have a new “Stone Scale’ and will be selling stone by the pound # at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Unlocking the office now 😊

Opening up for a great Garden Saturday at Carters Nursery!

Have a GREAT weekend!

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