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What Is Diatomaceous Earth? D.E. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Question: What Is Diatomaceous Earth? D.E. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a natural product made of the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. D.E. easily crumbles to a fine powder and is used for many purposes from high end skin care products, to water purification, to farming & parasite/insect control. We can even use it to control internal parasites in our own bodies!

We use and sell “Food Grade” Diatomaceous Earth at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I personally use it to kill/control fleas, ticks & ants around my home and on my pets. I also use it to worm my dogs and cats! It’s even a great organic insect dust that I use in my vegetable garden! The good stuff, as pictured here,  is organic and food grade! Check out this video for more info –

Anytime I can turn someone on to a useful, organic product is a good day! If you haven’t tried it yourself, stop by and grab a shaker full – it’s inexpensive, organic and most importantly- It Works!

Have a great day!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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4/20 Herb Sale! | Peace ✌🏻 Love ❤️ & Herbs 🌿 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

In observance of the 4/20 celebration, we will be having a YUGE Herb Sale today from 8am – 2pm! ALL herbs are Buy 1 Get 1 FREE! WOW!

Culinary herbs are all important! Today on 4/20, ALL herbs are Buy 1 Get 1 FREE! BOOM! 💥

Come on by today & get your 🌿 on!

Peace! ✌🏻Love ❤️ & Herbs 🌿

 

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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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Should I Plant A Garden This Year? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Many people want to plant a garden, but just aren’t sure… They question themselves – Will it work? Will I be able to keep up? Is it worth the effort? Etc, etc… Here’s a little graph that might just answer a few questions for you and get you out in the Landscape!

I think all gardeners question themselves from time to time. Whether your a novice that’s thinking about trying your hand 🖐🏻 OR a seasoned pro questioning your resolve, this little chart has the answers.

It’s garden time in Tennessee! Let’s get our hands dirty! 😎

 

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Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Do You Grow Blueberries? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Tennessee

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

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

Here in the South with our long growing season & plentiful water, growing blueberries is a no-brainer’… I LOVE to put them in with ornamentals too! They make a great fill in plant along a sunny foundation or a backdrop for a bird feeding area or even as a screening hedge! Very versatile 😊

Tips for Growing –

– One of the most important things to remember when growing blueberry plants is that they need a very low PH (acidic 4.5 – 5.5 or so) to grow well & thrive. So yearly you have to check PH and usually 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 peat and some organic compost. Apply sulfur as needed based on PH test.

– Planting the right varieties is huge too! Always choose Southern Rabbit eye varieties for success in our area. 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
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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!

 

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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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Praying Mantises are AWESOME Beneficial Insects! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Every year around late Summer to early Fall they move in close to the house. I see them all over now … LOTS of Praying Mantis… They are such interesting insects! They are Hunter/Predators and a good omen in and around your home. In fact, I learned from my Grandma Kathleen to bring a few of them in with the plants before frost in the Fall and they will keep the insects down inside your house… I saw this one on the wall by my front door & took this short video.

This one is around 6-7” long. Pretty good size, but there are much larger ones around here.

Remember that Praying Mantis are beneficial insects & wont harm us. They are fun to watch too. They can remain completely motionless for a long while… Maybe forever😊 So don’t think your gonna win a staring contest with these bad boys 😂 I’ve learned that there are a Lot of interesting things to enjoy all around us, we just have to slow down and look around…

Happy Pondering,

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…

I know I say this every week, But, this show is just FUN! It’s always Awesome to hang out with the 180 Crew! Dan & Sea Bass Rock! PLUS – today Laura Lamun was in the house talking about organic foods, essential oils and one of the coolest things I have ever seen – Sonic Sound Therapy! Laura never ceases to amaze with her vast knowledge of herbs, oils, foods and alternative methods of health and healing! She explained a bit about WHAT Sound Healing was today!

Laura showing Dan how “Sonic Sound Therapy” feels. She tried a little on me too – 1 word… AWESOME!

Sound healing is the therapeutic use of sound frequencies on a person, with the intention of bringing them into a state of harmony by balancing the physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual aspects of their being. Laura demonstrated Sound Healing on us with her tuning forks and I have to say, it was really cool! What she used is called – Vibration Healing and it’s done by direct contact on the body with several specifically tuned “sound healing instruments” aka; Tuning Forks.

AND we talked about all sorts of things on top of all that! Here’s just a few…

  • Crepe myrtle bark scale is real! It’s EVERYWHERE now! We had 2 callers today! Here is a link to more info – https://ag.tennessee.edu/utg/Documents/CMBS_explained.pdf
  • Late season gardening chores
  • Almost time to start on our Cool Season Crops again 🙂
  • Someone asking for info on Koi Health. Please come by the nursery and we can help! 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, TN 38305
  • AND about our class tomorrow – “Stay Cool with Container Water Gardens”! Tomorrow at 9am. @ Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio. 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, TN 38305. The class is FREE! Y’all Come! Call for more details at 731-424-2206.

This Saturday we will host the final “Summer Seminar” of the season at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio. The theme is “Water” of course 🙂 Your welcome to come by and take part in the fun and the savings too (20% discount on Container Water Garden materials as well as Aquatic Plants!). Stay Cool with Container Water Gardens! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee.

Get out and enjoy this Late Summer Weather! This is one of the nicest parts of Summer – Late Summer! Enjoy these cooler nights and warm to hot days while we got em’… Have a GREAT Weekend!

 

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 and lets talk – LIVE at 731-423-8101.
OR, you can TEXT us at 731-277-5155. Or Listen to us LIVE at 101.5 WNWS – FM Talk Radio – on your smart phone using your TuneIn app.!

Have a great weekend! 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