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Parasitic Wasps Help To Naturally Control Tomato 🍅 Hornworms

I LOVE ❤️ Homegrown Tomatoes! 🍅 Like many of you, I just hate when my plants are attacked by the dreaded Tomato Hornworms! They can devour a plant overnight and ruin your yields. So, I keep an eye on my plants daily & pick them off quickly… Unless I see one that has been visited by a parasitic wasp. Then, I just leave it be… 

In a healthy, organic garden, don’t use chemicals! Let natural predators take care of business | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio

Here’s a link to more info on this wonderful, natural predator, the Parasitic Wasp 👇🏻

https://ugaurbanag.com/tomato-hornworms-and-parasitic-wasps/

Late season Tomatoes 🍅 are the best! I think we are in for a bumper crop of September, October & maybe even November Tomatoes 🍅! Organic just tastes better 😊


Fall is Coming 🍁 

 

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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I ❤️ Blueberries | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I ❤️ blueberries! I eat them most everyday! They are great in oatmeal, cereal, salads, smoothies, pies, Ad infinitum… Blueberries rock!!! They are also a native fruit that grows well in many areas.

Blueberries are a very rewarding plant. Beautiful, hardy & the fruit is so good! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Here in the South with our long growing season & plentiful rainfall, growing blueberries is a ‘no-brainer’… Sure, I plant them in the field or around the orchard, but I also LOVE to use them as ornamental Landscape plantings! They make great fill in plants along a sunny foundation or a backdrop for a bird feeding area or even as a screening hedge! Blueberries are Very versatile 😊

Tips for Growing –

– One of the most important things to remember when growing blueberries is that they demand a very low PH (acidic 4.5 – 5.5 or so) to grow well & thrive. So yearly you have to check PH and add an acidifier like Sulfur, Aluminum Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate, etc… I usually opt for the organic sulfur because I am eating these 🙂 AND, I think it gives a better, sweeter taste.

I recommend using an Organic Acidifier (Sulfur) to keep the PH low. This will make for healthy, vigorous Blueberries, that just taste great! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

– If your planting Blueberries in our area, initial soil prep is key! Build up beds a little to aid in drainage. Till in some sand, peat and organic compost. Apply sulfur as needed based on PH test.

– Planting the right variety is huge!
Always choose Southern Rabbit eye varieties for success in W. TN. A few of my favorites are – Premier, Tifblue, Powder Blue & Climax. Fertilize with an organic fertilizer for fruit in late Winter/early Spring. Then I feed several times throughout the season with an organic compost tea and side dress mid season with a little composted manure. Mulching is very important too! Try crushed pine bark or pine needles. Both are acidic and work well.

– Click on this link below to learn about how to trim/prune your blueberries for better form & function! 👇🏻

https://savvygardening.com/pruning-blueberries/

PS: This is a great time to set out some blueberries! And, a great time to prune & apply compost & sulphur for PH to your existing bushes.

Good Luck! & Happy Gardening!

 

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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Meet My Personal Trainer…

Happy New Year! Ya da, ya da… Resolutions & changes, ya da, ya da… If there’s one thing I gotta do this year, it’s FIRE my personal trainer! I mean, he was with me almost everyday during the holidays & I still packed on 5 pounds 😳

2019 is behind us. But I’m still carrying some of last years weight thanks to my personal trainer here…

So I guess it’s not all his fault… I mean, it’s nice to have someone to shift the blame on, but I deserve at least some of it. In any case, it’s a New Year! And I’m gonna do better!
My 1st. Executive Decision of 2020 –

Guy, (in the voice of our Commander in Chief)

“You’re Fired”!  Boom 💥

Heres to a “Healthier” 2020 😎

 

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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http://www.cartercountry.com
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Peaches 🍑 Are In Season! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

What cha gonna do on Saturday? Well, peaches 🍑 are in! So I guess we’re gonna do what Old John suggests & “eat a lot of peaches”😊

We are fixing to put up a literal truck FULL of peaches! I ❤️ Peach Preserves! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

 

 

This is the time of year we start our canning and preserving – Peaches, chow-chow, pickles, beans, tomatoes, pears, etc, etc… But today, is ALL about some peaches! 🍑

Tomorrow, is gonna be about some homemade Peach Ice Cream 🍨! 🍑💥

 

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

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