Carter’s Garden Blog

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! 😎


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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What a BEAUTIFUL day! AND – What a GREAT show today with Dan & Sea Bass – The 180 Crew! The weather has turned for the better and it finally looks and feels like Spring! This weekend is lining up to be the nicest of the year so far!

My question to  all of YOU is – What are YOUR plans? What are YOU gonna get out there and do this beautiful Spring weekend?

It’s going to be a BEAUTIFUL weekend! Are you gonna get out on the open road?

We had LOTS of calls and texts today! EVERYONE is excited about Spring! Here is a recap of the “Highlights” 🙂

  • What can I do about leaf spots on my shrubs and roses? This is a very common problem this time of year. Clean up and trim heavily infected stems and foliage. Rake up around & under the shrubs and roses and dispose of or burn – Don’t compost. Spray/treat with fungicide, Neem Oil, Lime Sulfur, etc… Water earlier in the day if needed and under water roses (keep foliage dry as possible).
  • How do I prep the soil for my tomatoes? I always move/rotate the planting area yearly. Amend the soil – till in some lime VERY important!), compost (mushroom compost &/or worm castings & composted manure (chicken or black cow). Don’t get it too hot with too much Nitrogen! So not too much manure, and I like to use 3-4 types of organic composts – it makes ALL the difference.
  • What is the lavender colored ground cover that you see blooming everywhere this time of year? Actually there are several… Creeping Phlox ie; Thrift – Phlox subulata, Vinca minor, Homestead Verbena, Wild Violet’s..? Send me a picture and I will id for you – email to – 
  • When is the Summer Pond Tour? Saturday, June 23rd. 9am. – 4pm. Then we open back up for the annual after party, the “Moonlight Luau”! Live music, Kalua Pork, Tiki Torches and Waterfalls Galore!
  • Does my business provide Pond Maintenance? Yes we do! Full service – pond clean-outs, water testing, Trouble Shoot Leaks, Repairs, Replace Pumps, Lights, etc.. Plus we have a Retail Pond Shop that stocks and sells – filters, Plumbing & Parts, water Treatments, Live Fish, Fish Food, Pumps, Underwater Lights, and more…
  • Do I have Tomatoes available at the Nursery? Yes we do! We have tomatoes and several other vegetables as well as Annual and Perennial Flower, Hanging Baskets, Shrubs, Fruit Trees, Aquatic Plants and more.

    I’m on with the 180 Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass- every Friday from 10-11am 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 for the calls and questions! I’ll see you on the air next Friday at 9:30am-11am.!

Have a GREAT Weekend!

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

What a Difference a Weekend Can Make!
March 8, 2010, 10:05 am
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WOW! What a nice weekend! I spent quite a bit of time out in my garden this past weekend. It was sunny and warm and it felt so good after the LONG Winter we endured! I also spoke with many people about the coming Spring season and what to do in the garden this time of year. There are LOTS of things to do now to be ready for the quickly approaching growing season. Here is a short list…

– Spray you fruit trees! Start out with a good Dormant Oil spray. Mix as directed on the label and spray well. This is the first step in a Spray program and is well worth the effort!

– Trimming and Pruning! This is a great time of year to get out there and do some trimming. Many people ask me WHEN to prune their Crape Myrtles, IF you haven’t already, do it now! Cut back you Roses, Ornamental Grasses, Perennials, and most Ornamental Shrubs. Limb up those trees in the lawn and along the borders too.

– Fertilize! This is a great time to fertilize your Shrubs and Trees! This is a great time to fertilize your cool season lawns too. You can use a good balanced fertilizer like 15-15-15 for most chores or you can “Go Green” with a Organic fertilizer like Milorganite. Another GREAT Organic choice is to side dress your shrubs, trees & other plants with Composted Manure! Chicken Poop is my favorite and we have it available at the Nursery.

– Prepare your Soil in the Vegetable Garden! This is a wonderful time to clean up your vegetable garden! Clean out old plants and weeds, till the soil and add some amendments like ; Chicken Poop, Black Cow manure, lime, Epson Salt, Compost and pot ash. After you till your garden space, rake it out and cover the area with black plastic and weight it down with bricks or stones to hold it in place. This will heat the soil, kill off some weed seeds and help you get a earlier start with your planting.

Here’s to Spring and to ‘Living the Life Abundant’…

~Mark Carter

Preparing our Gardens for Spring!

It’s been a long, cold Fall and Winter season! Now it’s February and Spring is right around the corner, and I don’t know about you, but I  am ready! And now it’s time to get our gardens ready.

Prepping our Gardens correctly is the #1 thing that will help us to insure success over the upcoming growing season!
It takes a bit of work to do it right, BUT, the doing is my favorite part. It gets you out there, gets your hands dirty and gets you in tune with nature! This late Winter season and the “Pre quill” to Spring are actually my favorite times of the year. Watching how the tree buds swell in anticipation, watching the Daffodils emerge and brighten the landscape, hearing those peepers come out and sing on the first few warm nights, this is really a magical time of the year.

First things first – Clean Up! Get out the pruners, the leaf rake and the hoe. Cut back all last years dead foliage and rake up all the debris and leaf matter. Trim and prune those deciduous trees and shrubs and get rid of all the cuttings! Trim back your roses and vining plants on arbors and fences. Apply a coating of dormant oil to all your deciduous trees. Apply a fresh layer of mulch to your beds and trees, it will look great and it will protect your plants.
If you have a vegetable garden this is also a great time to perform a good clean up. I like to till the soil early and add in LOTS of good, organic soil amendments like Compost, Chicken manure, leaf mold, ash and lime. I always add some epson salt to my tomato beds and till the soil as deep as possible. This is a GREAT time of year to plant some cool season crops too. Turnips are quick to sow and will provide you with some delicious greens and vegetables. Other cool season crops to try : Carrots, lettuce, radishes, Brussels sprouts, beets, spinach and peas. All of these can be cultivated starting in early to mid February in our area and all of them will enhance your life to grow and eat them. If your not into early season gardening, your garden will be ready to re-till and plant come April for our warm season gardeners (Tomato’s, squash, beans, cucumbers, okra, etc…).

So it’s time folks! Get out there and enjoy the Abundance that our gardens bring to our lives! The season is upon us…

~ Mark Carter