Carter's Water Garden

Monday Morning Moment Of Zen

Feeding my Koi everyday is a big part of my Zen! It’s become a ritual and it really helps keep me centered. I also LOVE turtles! So when I visit Aqualand each year for our yearly certification training, their Indoor Turtle Pond is one of my favorite things to visit! I took my son Jacob with me this year and he fell in love with the turtles (of course) & now wants an indoor turtle pond of his own 😊 Jacob has pet turtles 🐢 and has his whole life. His turtles are outdoor and spend the winter buried up Hibernating. We will look into the idea of an Indoor Pond and see what happens 😊

Have you ever fed a turtle by hand? They love veggies, insects, worms & these Koi snacks too 😊

Check out this short video of Jacob feeding the turtles in the Indoor Turtle Pond.

I hope this short video of Jacob hand feeding the Turtle brought a smile to your face & maybe a little Zen too…


Mark Carter
Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, TN 38305

The Tennessee Aquarium, Old Friends, Good times!

Today Jo & I met up with some old friends and went on a tour of the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. All of us are fish nuts so this was a treat! We are on the last leg of our “Anniversary Trip” & this was a LOT of fun!

I hope you enjoy the pictures.

PS: For a little added fun, play the music video and then view the pictures while it plays 😂

Great Day at the Tennessee Aquarium!

~ Mark C.




Can I add turtles to my Pond? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN
February 17, 2018, 5:07 pm
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Question : Can I have turtles in my Pond?

The simple answer is – Yes you can! Now, there is no guarantee they will stay around… Unless of course you design your pond to contain them. When I was growing up we captured and kept many different turtles and tortoises that we found around the property and the river, they were always native to our area. I don’t have any experience with non-native turtles, so I’m not talking about any non-native turtles to my area in West TN.

My favorite by far is the Red Eared Slider.

This is a young Red Eared Slider in a tank of my sons.
“The red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), also known as the red-eared terrapin, is a semiaquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae. It is a subspecies of the pond slider. It is the most popular pet turtle in the United States and is also popular as a pet in the rest of the world.”

My son even got into Box Turtles at a young age. Then his interest turned to the turtles you find around the TN River. I told him NO when it came to keeping an Alligator Snapper 🙂 So we compromised with a Red Eared Slider.

These are a few pictures of Jacobs first experiment with putting a pet turtle in our Water Garden. The Red Eared Slider pictured is named ‘Elvis, he’s pretty cool man 🙂
He took right to the beach and the “Basking Log”.

He started with a terrarium in the house then decided he wanted to put him in our Water Garden outside… So I had some work to do to keep him from running off.

We constructed a “Turtle Beach on our Water Garden, complete with a sunning log and some room to move around a bit.

If you want to try a turtle in your pond there are a few things you need to provide for them so they will be healthy and happy.

  • Containment. A fence or higher stone work around the area to keep them in. OR they will simply walk off.
  • They need Water. Deep water is fine for Red Ear Sliders, but they like a shallow area too. Make sure its well filtered and aerated.
  • Some area to move around a bit.
  • A basking area to soak up the sun. A partially submerged log works great.
  • Shelter – Some shady areas to get out of the sun and to get out of sight. They like to hide sometimes. Aquatic plants work great! Maybe a stone cave too 🙂
  • Food! The easiest is commercial turtle food. You can provide vitamins and minerals with their food too. They also like worms and insects.

Red Eared Sliders hibernate in our area. So if your going to leave them outside over winter, you will have to make sure they have a proper area to hibernate. There is a lot of info online on how-to do this. We normally bring ours in in the Fall and release them in the wild when they get to big to handle. Make sure to release them in the same area where you found them.

Red eared sliders over winter well in an aquarium or terrarium.

Remember, they might nibble on your fishes fins. Maybe more than nibble 🙂 I haven’t had any real problems with this, but they do eat fish in the wild, so keep that in mind. You might even want to do a dedicated “Turtle Pond”. Then you could provide feeder fish for them to try to eat.

In any case, Spring is Coming! It’s time to get out there and enjoy our Ponds & Gardens!

PS: I LOVE Turtles! 🙂

Happy Pondering!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206