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10 Year Repost – Starting A Compost Pile | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I have been asked a few times on the radio lately about composting, so I went back in the archives and pulled this up. This was 1st published 10 years ago – To the day! 💥
A big blowing storm is coming thru tonight, ie; A leaf stripper! 🍂 Plenty to get ya’ started😉

“Fall is one of my Favorite seasons! Cooler weather, fall planting and gardening and all the great family gatherings and food are wonderful. Fall is also a GREAT time to start a compost pile. All those leaves, plants and grasses to cut back and all of the upcoming holiday food scraps add up too a great supply of usable components in a compost pile!
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 you can use it instead of chemical fertilizers. Compost improves soil structure, texture and 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.

Once the process is complete you can use this free resource as mulch, soil amendments, top dressing for your lawn, to make compost tea for veggies & more. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

It’s easy to get started .

-Bag your grass clippings and mulch up all those leaves for the compost pile!

-Save those kitchen scraps and add them to the compost pile. Kitchen scraps are typically 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 static (non-tumbling) compost bin, be sure to mix up the contents so that the pile gets oxygen and can break down effectively. Insert a few pvc pipes to get oxygen to the core and 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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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
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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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 🌿

 

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

Great show today! Thanks to all the folks who called in and texted!

It’s Hot and getting HOTTER! 109 degree HF today! So stay cool! We had a varied list of callers and questions today… Here’s a basic summary from today’s show –

  • How to control algae in my pond? The #1 thing we can do for our Water Gardens is to strike a ‘Balance’! Biological filtration, aquatic plants, proper fish stocking rates, etc. Take a few pictures of your pond and either send them to me via e-mail OR come by the nursery and we will help you.
  • What kind of fertilizer should I use on my Asiatic Jasmine? I love Milorganite. Osmocote works well too.
  • Some of my fish have been going in the skimmer. What can I do? GREAT question! Sometimes you have to “Train Them not to”! You may have to take the weir off the skimmer face plate for a while so they can easily get out? This time of year they like the current the skimmer makes so they are attracted to it. Plus it’s HOT! So it has a cooling effect. Keep an eye out and it will all work out.
  • Can I trim wild shoots off my Crepe Myrtles? Yes, it won’t hurt a thing.
  • Watermelons are in season! They make a great snack to feed to your Koi! They LOVE it! 🙂
  • Is kelp good for you? I think so, but I’m no expert. I do know it’s a good source of calcium and iodine.

ALSO – Tomorrow, Saturday the 21st. – We are having a 1 Day Flash sale on ALL Aquatic Plants at the nursery! Buy 1 get 1 FREE! Even the Lotus and lilies are on this sale! Don’t miss it!

ALL of our Aquatic Plants are on sale today! Buy 1 Get One FREE! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tn. 38305 | 731-424-2206 | http://www.cartercountry.com

Thanks again & I will see you all again on the air 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.!

Thanks to ALL! Stay cool! 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



Organic Gardening 101′
April 16, 2012, 4:28 pm
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Come out and join us this Saturday, April 21st. At 9 am. For our first Gardening class of the season, ‘Organic Gardening 101’. We will cover all the basics to help you get started with an Organic Garden of your own. The class will run from 9 am till approximately 11am. Y’all come.