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Staycations Are In Our Futures | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

We have been stuck at home more and more this year… Now they are talking about maybe mandatory home school for everyone this Fall 😳 With all the uncertainty, more and more people are turning their homes into their destination spot! Forget the vacation- Lets create the perfect spot for a “Staycation”! 



Do you have a place to relax in the Landscape? A patio, pergola structure, Outdoor kitchen, pond or pool? 🤔 

The possibility’s are endless! Let me know if I can help. 

 

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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Gardening Ideas & Tips : A Reboot From The Bill Way Show…

I do a weekly Gardening Show on the radio with Seabass (The 180) @ 101.5fm radio. It’s a call in talk show where people ask questions about all sorts of things. Last week “Lasagna Gardening” came up and it brought back some old memories from way back when… Here’s a Blog I wrote about Lasagna Gardens back in the day with Bill Way. 2009 Or so I believe. Bill was a HUGE Lasagna Gardener 😊 Enjoy –

 

“My friend, Bill Way, turned me onto this idea of simple, organic style gardening and I think it is really catching on here in my neck of the woods. It’s not a new idea really, just a cool take on an old one… Best thing is, IT WORKS! Below is a very simple breakdown on ‘How To’ make your own Lasagna Garden… ENJOY!

There’s no hard and fast rules about what to use for your layers, just so long as it’s organic and doesn’t contain any protein (fat, meat, or bone). Just as with an edible lasagna, there is some importance to the methods you use to build your lasagna garden ‘Layers’. You’ll want to alternate layers of “browns” such as fall leaves, shredded newspaper, peat, and pine needles with layers of “greens” such as vegetable scraps, garden trimmings, and grass clippings. In general, you want your “brown” layers to be about twice as deep as your “green” layers, but there’s no need to get too picky about this. Just layer browns and greens, and a lasagna garden will result. What you want at the end of your layering process is a two-foot tall layered bed. You’ll be amazed at how much this will shrink down in a few short weeks.

Lasagna gardens are a bit less work than a conventional garden. And they are a great way to get rid of grass clippings and leaves 😊

– The basics of making garden lasagnas are simple:

– Don’t remove the sod or do any extra work, like removing weeds or rocks.

– Mark the area for your garden using a water hose or a long rope to get the desired shape.

– Cover the area you’ve marked with wet newspapers, overlapping the edges (5 or more sheets per layer).

– Cover the paper with one to two inches of peat moss or other organic material.

– Layer several inches of organic material on top of the peat moss.

– Continue to alternate layers of peat moss and organic material, until desired thickness is reached.

– Water until the garden is the consistency of a damp sponge.

– Plant, plant, plant and mulch, mulch, mulch.

 Ingredients For A Lasagna Garden

 Anything you’d put in a compost pile, you can put into a lasagna garden. The materials you put into the garden will break down, providing nutrient-rich, crumbly soil in which to plant. The following materials are all perfect for lasagna gardens:

 Grass Clippings
 Leaves
 Fruit and Vegetable Scraps
 Coffee Grounds
 Tea leaves and tea bags
 Weeds (if they haven’t gone to seed)
 Manure
 Compost
 Seaweed
 Shredded newspaper or junk mail
 Pine needles
 Spent blooms, trimmings from the garden
 Peat moss
 Straw
 Hay

If it’s too late in the season this year for you to start one, there is a whole summer of grass clippings and veg. scraps to get started with and FALL is coming with tons of leaves to use! With all this FREE organic material at your fingertips, that you have to dispose of anyway, put it too good use! You won’t regret it!

 Here’s to the Life Abundant!

 

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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Blogging Milestones | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I like to set goals and meet them! I also like to mark Milestones… Today is the 600th day that I have turned out a daily blog! Whew! It sure doesn’t seem like it’s been that long… Time flies! And – Yes, I have been having Fun! 😊

When I committed to a daily Blog it was a HUGE step! And at first it was a real challenge, but it seems to get easier and more fun the longer I keep the commitment 😊

As many of you know, I started blogging in 2008, but not daily… more weekly and monthly, AND I haven’t missed a month since 2008! But, It wasn’t until January 1st 2018 that I made the decision to blog daily. Now, it’s just part of what I do… And, my blog has developed some daily themes that I hope you like…

Mondays are a video of a stream and/or Waterfall, usually one that we  built, and it’s titled “Monday Morning Moment of Zen”…

Tuesdays and Thursdays are my ‘freelance days’… lately I have been doing my Blog or Vlog On Outdoor Living, focusing on Outdoor Lifestyle Areas (Spaces, patios, outdoor kitchens,outdoor rooms, etc.).

Wednesday (Hump Day) Is ALL about Waterfalls! And – KOI!

Fridays I do a Local Talk Radio Show (The ‘180’ with Dan Reaves & Sea Bass) and I follow the show up with a Blog about what was covered. I call it – The “Friday Radio Report”.

Saturdays I try to Blog about the my Nursery. What’s HOT, Events that are happening and, what is going on in & around the garden.

Sundays Blog is called “Sunday Reflections…” Sunday is a day of rest, reflection and time with my family. I try to share a inspirational thought, poem or story.

I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has taken the time to read my Blogs or watch my Vlogs! Especially to everyone who has “Followed” my Blog! I have gotten many new Followers each & every month this year! Thanks! & WOW! Plus – I have tried to make it easy and painless to follow my blog. I would like to ask you to PLEASE help me introduce my daily Blog to others by sharing my blog with your friends and family on your Facebook page or other social networks.

– To follow my blog, all you have to do is click on “Follow” at the bottom right of the page & enter your email address. You will be sent an email to “confirm” and BAM – your in business. You will receive my daily Blog in your email inbox. You can opt out at any time & we don’t share or sell your address. 

So many ways to share and spread the word now! Please Follow, Like & Share my Blog posts. Thanks in advance 😊

The weekly radio show Im involved with on Fridays has given me LOTS of ideas for my blog too! I have received LOTS of feedback from the show! Emails, comments, likes, etc, etc. Thank you! Remember, you can send a request or question. I WILL answer your inquiry and I will blog on it! Also feel free to call in LIVE on Fridays Radio Show to ask a question or just say Hi 🙂

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.!

Here’s to the rest of 2019! There’s still a LOT to accomplish and enjoy!

 

Thanks for reading! 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



Monday Morning Moment Of Zen | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

It’s hard to beat the sounds of the river. Birds, boats, the lapping of the waves coming in… Heaven! I can close my eyes, relax & go to sleep in no time 😊

I hope you found some Zen in this video… Have a great day!

 

Mark Carter
Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, TN 38305
731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com



Beauty In The Rising & Setting Sun | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

If you follow my Blog or my Facebook page you know I LOVE Sunrises and Sunsets. I try to get good angles and take pretty pictures of them & then post em’ 😊 I thought about how many I have sat and waited for over the years last night while Jo & I sat on the bank of the river waiting on the perfect picture…

This was last nights sunset. There was a nice breeze blowing and the ‘Feeling’ was in the air 😊

Here’s a few Sunrises and Sunsets from my archives. Many of them hold special memories and significance for me.

 

Go out tonight & enjoy the Sunset 😊

 

Mark Carter
Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, TN 38305
731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com



Have You Seen My Digital Magazine? Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I started this digital magazine a while back. It has stories, articles & videos all about the ‘Outdoor Lifestyle’. It’s called a “Flipboard” & I think you’ll like it 😊 Click the link & start flipping. If you enjoy it, subscribe.

Flip through my magazine for articles & videos all about the Lifestyle. Click on the link you see below

http://flip.it/2ahRZH

 

Happy Pondering 🤔

 

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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The Nighttime Landscape is AWESOME! Check It Out! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Do you enjoy your outdoor spaces at night? I absolutely LOVE spending time out on the patio! Cooking dinner, feeding the koi, visiting  with friends, etc… The Moonlight Pond Tour is coming up in a few days (Saturday, September 22nd), it’s a great night out & it’s a fundraiser for the Jackson Animal Care Center. Get out and check out the nighttime world in the garden 😊

This short video intros you to a few of the possibilities in the Nighttime Landscape. You will see this place on the Moonlight Pond Tour. Y’all come!

 

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



Monday Morning Moment of Zen

This beautiful, simple Pondless Waterfall is the focal point of this outdoor space. It fills the air with sound. Sitting here by this waterfall you can feel the tension melt away and your mind relax – literally within a couple of minutes. This water feature transformed this area from a “very nice patio area” into a ‘Magical outdoor room’. I wanted to share the sight and sound of this area from a comfortable chair on the patio. I hope it lends a little “Zen” to your morning 😊

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



This ‘Outdoor Room’ is an Extension of the Home! Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I have been touching on the “Outdoor Lifestyle Area” as of late. You know, a comfortable area to enjoy right outside your door or window. A place to enjoy the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees… 🙂 But with ALL the comforts of HOME! The idea isn’t a new one… It’s really just history repeating itself. In fact, comfortable outdoor spaces have been in demand as far back as history goes! And for good reason! There is nothing better than kicking back in your favorite chair by the ponds edge, the grill is smoking up something good to eat while your kids play in the sun.

With that thought in mind, here is another short video of just such a space…

 

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



WHAT Makes an Outdoor Lifestyle Area (Video) | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Sure, a lot of things make up an Outdoor lifestyle area. But I think the best ones are an extension of the home. They tie the Indoor & Outdoor spaces together seamlessly. They are comfortable spaces and they can be enjoyed year round.

I took this short video yesterday of such a space. We have worked with these folks for many years now and I stopped by for a visit. My video doesn’t do it justice 😊

The Water Feature is the nucleus of the space. It can be viewed from inside the home as well as most anywhere within the Outdoor Living Area. The wonderful sound of the Waterfalls fills the air.

Please let me know if I could assist you in designing an Outdoor Living Area of your own.

Happy Pondering,

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