Carter's Water Garden

Winter Beauty From MY Window…

We don’t get “BIG” snow like this very often… Thank God! So many aren’t prepared for it! Power goes out, heat goes out, no water, etc, etc… I myself even lost one of my main greenhouses from the sheer weight of the snow… But, today I’m gonna try to focus on the Beauty of it all. Much of it from my window 😊 Its COLD out there 🥶

This doesn’t really say “Way down South in Dixie”… But this is from a window in my house today…
My front yard… Beautiful! But, ‘Come on man’ 🥶
From my front porch, looking down the hill past the Pond into the holler… Again, how Gorgeous! But just try walking down there! Slip and slide 🛷
From an upper window after dark. It’s hard for me not to just stay out there all day like a kid.. it’s just so beautiful! But it’s so cold!🥶

I just thought I would share a few pictures of what I think is a Beautiful, Winter Landscape. The “Entertainment of the day” the last few days has been sitting in front of the French doors and watching the birds eat the seed we’ve been throwing out. Even our dogs are glued to the ‘Theater of Life’ that’s just on the other side of the glass.

Enjoy your snow day! And stay warm 🔥

PS: Spring is Coming!

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

Winter Water Garden Checklist | Be Ready | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Winter is Coming! I really want everyone with a Water Garden or Koi Pond to be prepared and to stay ahead of potential problems. Cold weather is here and snow is in the forecast, so being prepared is important. I post this every year, but I still  get people asking me these questions. So I have learned to keep on posting! Repetition is a huge part of getting a message through… Be prepared 😊

Remove plant debris and other organic matter. Excess organic matter can contribute to increased algae growth. A large amount of leaves collected in the bottom of your pond will decompose and produce tannins. This can be harmful to your fish and reduce water clarity. Leaves can also collect in the stream and cause a plant dam. It is very important to keep your skimmer net cleaned out regularly during the heavy leaf fall, DAILY if needed. Pond netting which can be purchased at Carter’s Nursery can make these things less problematic and will make it easier on you during the winter.

We stock bulk pond netting at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, TN | It will keep debris out of your pond & help protect your fish from predators during the cold, bare months.

Its time to STOP feeding your Koi. The water temps are below 50 degrees F  here in West Tn  now, so it’s time… Spring isn’t really that far away…

Leaving your waterfall running all winter will not hurt anything. As matter of fact, it could give you some beautiful photo op’s. The running water will make some breath taking natural ice sculptures. So keep your camera handy. And get some close ups. But be sure to watch out for ice dams. These can cause your pond to lose some excessive amounts of water.

A snowy landscape is Beautiful! Get out and take some beautiful pictures 😊

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER break the ice by banging on it!It can cause your fish great harm – it can even KILL them! To allow the escape/exchange of gasses in a frozen over pond, keep a hole open in the ice. This is IMPORTANT!!! It will keep the gases from building up under the ice and allow for oxygen exchange and keep your fish from suffocating. This will also allow the pump to get water if the surface is frozen. If you have a skimmer, this will be MUCH easier on you! The water movement will help keep the ice from forming. You may need to keep the hole open by adding water from a water hose, bucket or pan of water. (This is why I always say “keep a dry hose” or a 5 gallon bucket for this purpose! If & when you use your water hose be sure to drain it when finished-to keep it from freezing and bursting, or just keep it in your garage). You can also use a floating heater or a small pump in a shallow area to “flash up’ and break the water surface.

If you turn your pond off in a bad freeze, use a floating heater/de-icer to maintain a hole in the ice to exchange gases/oxygen for your fish’s health and well being. You can purchase a floating pond heater at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio.

Use Low Temp bacteria treatments when the water reaches 55 degrees F. This will help keep the pond clean, keep the water healthy and make your Spring pond clean out much easier.

Keep using your Bacteria through the winter for a cleaner, healthier pond.

I hope this helps! I enjoy the winter, it is really a great season! So many birds visit the Pond to drink and eat, it’s a wonderful time to do all my garden planning and I know that Spring is right around the corner!



Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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The Winter Solstice Is Coming …

I always enjoy watching the days grow longer toward the Summer solstice & I have learned to enjoy watching them grow shorter as we approach the Winter solstice. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year and happens this year on Saturday, December 21st.
The best news is, the day after the solstice, the days start getting Longer again! Hee Haw!
Pay attention to the time of sunset over the next several days. You can literally feel the days getting shorter…

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year! AND, after that the days start getting LONGER again! 🌞

I love watching the days get shorter, but I really love when they start getting longer after the 21st.!

Here’s a link to the Old Farmers Almanac 👇🏻

Winter Solstice 2019: When Is It, And What Is It?

Here’s to the season!


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Friday Radio Report | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Great show today! Also the last show for me for 2018! WOW! Another year in the history books 😱

2019 is coming fast! Will YOU be making “New Years Resolutions”?

LOTS of FUN in the studio today! Sea Bass is on vacation, but Lori Nunnery was in the house & filled everyone in on things to do in and around Jackson, TN! Check it out –

Michael King was in tha house! Holding down Sea Basses seat 😊 and talking about music 🎼 🎶🎵

– LOTS of calls!

  •  What do I need to do in the garden now? LOTS of things! Trimming, clean up, mulching leaves, composting, and planning are all top of the list! Remember, Spring is Coming!
  • Sonic trivia question “Sonic Blast of the Past” – What is the most popular Sonic Drink??? Jeopardy music…. Answer- Cherry 🍒 Lime-Aid! Boom!!!
  • LOTS of talk about CWD – Cronic Wasting Disease in deer. For more info check the website at
  • What are YOU having for New Years Dinner? For me this is a HUGE deal! Hog Jowl, Black Eyed Peas, Turnip Greens, Corn Bread & more! This has been our New Years meal my entire life and way before!

    I can’t wait till Tuesday! We eat our traditional New Years meal of hog jowl. Greens & Black eyed peas.

The Lawyer for the McGee family called in to discuss the settlement of the 2014 shooting case of their 18 year old son, Dillon McGee. For more info follow this link to the story –

Happy New Year!

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.!


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

Great show today with the 180’Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass!

It is a rainy, overcast day but Christmas is in the air!

Come visit Carters Nursery for some unique Christmas gifts. Our most popular gift is a Carters Nursery Gift Certificate! Come by and get one today!


Al Overton of Overton Hardwood Floors was in the studio. He talked about finishing hardwood floors and the attention to detail that it takes to get a perfect floor finish.


Dan Reaves is doing a special Christmas open house at Grubbs Grocery tomorrow, Saturday the 15th. – Free samples & special gifts so don’t miss it!!

Come by tomorrow for the Christmas open house!


Gardening is still a relevant subject too! LOTS of chores and things to do …

  •  leaf cleanup!
  • composting
  • cutting back perennials
  • trimming trees
  • planting spring flowering bulbs
  • planting shrubs & trees 🌳
  • mulching & more!


There’s a HUGE event tonight (starts at 7pm.!) over at Lambuth college! You can get your tickets at the door – Check it out at the link below!

Support RIFA and come hear some great music TONIGHT!

Heres one of my favorite Christmas songs that I just ❤️! Even though it’s a melancholy tune… Enjoy 😊

Thanks for all the calls and texts!

Merry Christmas y’all!

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.!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Sunday reflections …

I love to walk around my property on Sundays and observe nature. Observing the trees and plants, what’s starting to show signs of Spring, what needs trimming & pruning, ideas for new things to plant. I love to watch & feed the birds and check on my Koi too 🙂 There’s not a lot of “growing” going on to enjoy out there for the moment, but I think we are in for a BEAUTIFUL Spring! All this rain & the ice and snow melting has replenished our ground water and put LOTS of important nutrients back into the soil. The buds are swelling on many shrubs & trees 🙂 More signs…

I love the words that Rosalie used to describe this time of year and its great importance.

“January is the quietest month in the garden. … But just because it looks quiet doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. The soil, open to the sky, absorbs the pure rainfall while microorganisms convert tilled-under fodder into usable nutrients for the next crop of plants. The feasting earthworms tunnel along, aerating the soil and preparing it to welcome the seeds and bare roots to come.”
– Rosalie Muller Wright – Editor of Sunset Magazine.

January is almost over & soon we will start the show to beat all shows! Spring time in Tennessee!  Enjoy your day!

See ya’ mañana 😉


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

Happy New Year 2012! Now get out in the garden!
January 1, 2012, 11:45 am
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Another trip around the sun now begins! 2011 just flew by for me and I am so looking forward to getting into this new year. I am going to get out in the garden more this year than last! I am going grow more tomatoes than last year! I am going to put up more chow-chow and pickled peppers than last year! These are a few of MY “New Years Resolutions”… The most important one is – GET OUT IN THE GARDEN! I walked around this morning right after sun rise, what a beautiful morning! You can’t grow much this time of year, so I found myself messing with my waterfalls… I cleaned up some leaves and cleaned my pond skimmer. The birds are really active! It’s going to be a GREAT year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I wish you all an AWESOME 2012!


~Mark Carter