Tuesday, November 13, 2018

It’s For the Birds!

These cold days set in quickly with the first big snowfall at the Lake happening this week. With chilly temperatures and biting winds, the first thing we think bout are those poor birds outside. Bird feeding at the Lake of the Ozarks is one of the best things about winter (while we’re waiting for gardening season to come back!), so we make those feathered friends a priority. From different styles of bird feeders at the Lake of the Ozarks to quality bird seed in Camdenton, MO. We’ve got everything you need to get started. Here is a quick introduction to our products - stop by and stock up!


Bird Feeders at the Lake of the Ozarks

Did you know that Camdenton Farm and Garden is known “the” place to find the best bird feeders. We carry all varieties including hummingbird feeders, large hoppered feeders, and more. We also carry wild bird see and exotic bird seed, but more about those later. Here is a quick introduction to our bird feeders! If we don’t have one that you’re looking for, please let us know! We’d love to find the perfect feeder for you, even if we don’t have it in stock.




Bird Seed at the Lake of the Ozarks

We carry many different varieties, and some you won’t find anywhere else. We also keep suets in stock for year-round use. We sell our seeds in bulk or by the pound, whatever works best for you. If you are a true birder, with high expectations for quality food - you will find no place anywhere in the Ozarks that carries a wider variety. Plus, if you can’t handle the weight of the fifty pound bags, we are more than happy to split them for you. Here are the types you can expect to find when you visit our farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks.




Wild Bird Feeding at the Lake of the Ozarks

Our farm store in Camdenton Missouri is well know for our high-quality bird products. In fact, we sell more bird feeding supplies than anyone else in mid-Missouri. Bird feeding can be a wonderful pastime for anyone who appreciates looking out of their window and watching the cute little feathered friend hopping around. It’s also a valuable tradition, as the birds eagerly appreciate additional food. Remember to keep the feeders clean and dry, especially as the weather has gotten rather wet this week. If you aren’t sure how to clean your feeder, check out our website! We have an excellent article that explains the best practices for keeping your bird feeder clean. Happy feeding season from the team at Camdenton Farm and Garden, and don’t forget to stop by for any supplies or with questions!


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Friday, October 26, 2018

Wrapping Up the Gardening Season

It’s been an interesting gardening year, to say the least. All the same, we are sad to see the warm summer temps disappear and the onslaught of winter beginning. As the fall season progresses, there are a few tasks you can get off of your to-do list to make sure your garden is put to bed and ready for next year. Camdenton Farm and Garden is here to help with all of your Lake of the Ozark gardening needs, so be sure to stop by with any questions you may have or tools that you are looking for.


Your Vegetable Garden

You can still keep your veggie garden alive for a bit with a few tricks, but if you didn’t get anything done before the cold temperatures last week, you’ll probably find your plants wilted and dead. All is not lost though. If you have root crops like carrots, turnips, beets, rutabagas, or parsnips, those can be left underground well after the first front. In fact, you really just need to harvest them before the ground freezes. Potatoes can also stay in the soil, but they do need to be dug out and removed the garden quickly. You do not want to leave your potatoes on the soil surface.

Leafy greens can often become sweeter with a light frost so you may find that you’re still harvesting some items from this family. Cabbages and Swiss chard can also stand up to chillier temperatures. Lettuces, though, aren’t strong enough to handles low temps.

If you have other plants like tomatoes, zucchini, peas, beans, or pumpkins, they can be pulled up and disposed of. You can compost them if they are free of disease, otherwise, you can discard them in the trash or burn pile. Pull up the stakes, clean them and store until next year.

Final Gardening Tasks to Wrap Up

Here are a few things you can do to make next year’s gardening season even easier. It’s okay if you cry a little, we’re here to sympathize with you as the 2018 gardening season is brought to a close.


  • Empty your outdoor containers and store them upside down. This will prevent them from cracking.
  • Mow your lawn as late into the fall as the grass grows. If the grass is left too long when snow arrives, it can develop brown patches in the spring.
  • Drain the fuel tank in your lawn mower or other power equipment when you are finished using it until next year. Refer to your manual for other winter maintenance.
  • Hang a bucket over a hook in your tool shed or garage and used it to store hose nozzles and sprinkler attachments.
  • Don’t leave the fallen leaves on the ground. Rake them up into a large sheet or tap and drag them to the compost pile. You don’t want to rake everything, though. Be sure and leave some leaves around the bases of trees for extra protection during the winter.
  • Cover your compost pile with plastic or a thick layer of straw before any snow arrives.
  • On a mild day, you can run your garden hose up over a railing or over the shed to remove all of the water. Then roll it up and store it.



Goodbye Garden Season 2018

We can hardly believe that the season is already over, but we are looking forward to a long winter’s nap (ha ha - like we rest around here!). As the days start to get colder, don’t forget that your feathered friends will be looking for a snack. Put away the garden tools, but don’t forget to pull out your bird feeders! If you don’t have your birding supplies, be sure to stop by Camdenton Farm and Garden for the best bird seed at the Lake of the Ozarks. We have a wonderful house blend, Jim’s Mix, as well as some beautiful bird feeders that will make the winter a little more bearable.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Preparing Your Landscape for Fall

With harvest season quickly approaching, it’s time to get our lawns and gardens ready for autumn! Camdenton Farm & Garden has everything you need to get your landscape ready for the coming cooler months, including some great tips on how to get there successfully. When you stop into our farm and garden store in Camdenton, Missouri, we provide you with only the highest quality, tried and true products that we recommend ourselves. All of us have used these products for years and believe in them because they have worked for us. Read below for some tips on how to prepare your landscape for fall.



1. Rake the leaves continuously. Don’t let them build up or sit for more than a few days, or they will suffocate your grass. But also avoid raking when your lawn is wet. You may accidentally pull out some of your grass since the wet leaves are so heavy.

Tip: Hate raking leaves? Once the leaves become dry and brittle, mow them! The tiny, chopped up leaves actually make great compost and can be broken down into the dirt.

2. Fertilize your lawn. Autumn is a great time to fertilize before the ground gets too hard and frozen. Plus, the morning dew’s moisture helps your lawn absorb the fertilizer better. Camdenton Farm & Garden has several trusted brands of fertilizers in store. Feel free to stop by and ask any questions you may have about your specific lawn and grass type. 

Tip: Apply our Fertilome Winterizer Lawn Food to both lawns and shrubs in the fall. Its effects are similar to putting on an overcoat in the winter, and it enables turf, trees, and shrubs to withstand the rigors of winter better and easier.
3. Make room for your tropical container plants indoors. These tropical plants, such as palm or banana, can last perfectly fine indoors or in your garage, so long as the temperature doesn’t drop too low. 

Tip: During the fall/winter months, use your tropical plans as decoration indoors! The greenery will liven up the room and bring some color to the otherwise dreary outside.
4. Continue to mow and water your lawn. If you let your grass begin to grow out of control, it will get too long and become matted down. This can hinder the leaves from getting enough sunlight and nutrients and prevent further growth. 

Tip: Keep watering your lawn! Even though there is more rain and dew in the fall, the grass still needs more water than you think.
5. Add mulch where it’s needed. That extra layer of mulch protects your plants during the colder months. Mulch helps to retain the moisture in your soil, protect bare soil from eroding, and suppress weed growth. We have several great colors of mulch that will complement the design of your landscape, sold in ½ cubic yard scoops. 

Tip: Call or stop by Camdenton Farm & Garden, pick out your color and amount, and we’ll deliver up to 5 cubic yards right to you!


Since you’ve worked so hard maintaining your lawn and garden all summer, now is the time to protect it for the next few seasons. Now that you have a better idea about how to prepare your landscape for the coming winter months, stop by Camdenton Farm & Garden to pick up your supplies! Want us to come up with a program for tailored specifically to you and your landscape? Simply give us the square footage of your lawn and we’ll keep it all right here until you need it! Stop by our farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks and get to know your local experts – we’re waiting for you!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Creating a Haven for Honeybees

The honeybee is a highly respected little insect - even though 5% of the population is estimated to be allergic to their stings. They are hard workers and bring us delicious honey, but the sad news is that they are just disappearing. The honey bee epidemic has been going on potentially since 2006, but it's only just now becoming a hot topic. While it appears to be corn pollen that is causing them problems, there are things you can do to help create a safe haven for the honey bees. As your local farm and garden store in Camdenton, MO - we have a vested interest in the bees. Here are five things you can do to help keep the honey bees around to help celebrate World Honey Bee Day on August 18th.


Keep Things Wild

Bees are going to be naturally attracted to plants that are native to the area. This doesn't mean you can't incorporate exotic plants with bold colors and aromas, but be willing to leave some aspects of your garden to show off the native plants. You can also help by not cleaning up every aspect of your garden. By letting nature run it's course in your fields and landscapes, you are providing the perfect homes for your bees and other insects.

Provide Blooms

Bees are drawn to plants with blooms. The more blooms you have in your yard, the better chance you have of not only attracting them, but also keeping them around. Bright colors, bold scents, and plenty of pollen are sure to help out your bees. Of course, as we near the end of the summer season, it may be harder to find things with blooms - but keep in mind that there are plenty of fall flowers that bloom as well. Here are a few plants that bloom through the fall:

  • Zinnias
  • Marigolds
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Mums
  • Sunflowers


Provide Water

Did you know that bees need water to survive? This may come as a surprise - but it's true. There are a few things to keep in mind, though, as you provide water for your bees. You'll want to make sure and position it in such a way that the flight path to the water doesn't conflict with the paths that people walk. Another thing to keep in mind is that the water needs to be changed regularly to keep mosquitos from inhabiting it. The final tip is that bees aren't good swimmers, so the water needs to be shallow. A shallow bird bath can be a great option. If your looking for some beautiful styles, we have plenty to choose from.

Limit the Pesticides

If not limiting them, be aware of what is in them and how they affect the insects around your garden. We know that it can be valuable to ward off deer and other rodents, but you don't want to kill the bees off either. Pyrethroids and Neonicotinoids are both commonly used in pesticides but can be highly toxic to bees. Are you looking for something specific when it comes to insecticides at the Lake of the Ozarks? Stop by sometime and we can make some suggestions.


All Your Gardening Needs

At Camdenton farm and Garden, we are here for you and the bees. We know how important these little insects are when it comes to keeping your gardens alive. Take some time this week to think about what you can do in your landscape and gardens to help care for the honey bees. If you need some help - stop by and visit! Our team loves to talk about all things garden related, and we'd love to provide some suggestions.


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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Show Your Cattle Some Appreciation

July 10th is Cow Appreciation Day - and we just have to say how much we love Missouri cattle. These large livestock provide the best dairy products, incredible meat, and are a huge asset to the community. This doesn’t come without a large amount effort and tasks on the farmer’s part though. Especially during a hot summer, cows need some special care and attention to amens sure that they don’t overheat. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you plan to appreciate your cows this summer.


Pair Breeds with Environment

One of the best ways to ensure that your livestock can handle the heat well is by focusing on breeds that are tolerant to hot temperatures. Of course, living in the Midwest means that we also get cool temps in the winter, so they’ll have to acclimate to both. Do your research before purchasing livestock and make sure that they will do well in your area. You can also touch base with local farmers to learn what breeds work well around here.

Keep Water Around

While some symptoms can be due to the extreme temperatures, others are actually just due to dehydration. Make sure that your livestock have plenty of access to water - especially cool and fresh water. You’ll also want to make sure that there is enough space for your animals to be drinking at once, since dominant animals may block others from drinking.

Provide Shady Shelters

If they are left to direct sunlight, it can be much harder on your livestock than necessary. In fact, direct sunlight can increase the risk of heatstroke by 2 to 3 degrees. Proper amounts of shade let your herd get out of the sun and can help reduce the risk of heat stroke. You don’t have to make the shady areas elaborate, simple shade structures or a place with large, mature trees can suffice perfectly.

Watch Air Circulation

Air circulation can be just as important as shade. When animals are inside a building, you can put fans indoors to help blow cool air at your livestock, but you’ll also want ventilation so that the heat doesn’t build up to a dangerous level.

Provide Ways to Cool Off

There are many ways to accomplish this, but the most popular are misting, water pools, and mud wallows. You don’t want to use cold water because it will slow cooling down and can increase the effects of heatstroke.

Serve Dinner Later

Did you know that digestion actually produces heat? No small amount either! By feeding in the evening, you can shift the heat production to a cooler time of the day, as well as free them up from activity during the hottest time of the day. Instead, they can lay around during the heat of the day and focus on staying cool. Studies have shown that heat production from feed intake will peak four to six hours after they eat.


Don’t Handle Them When It’s Hot

Finally, when it’s especially hot outside, you’ll want to limit your handling of them. Muscle movement can lead to increased body temps, which is exactly what you want to avoid during warm temps. The only good reason to move them would be if it provides better shade and water for them.

Missouri Livestock Care

We love all of our local farmers, from smaller hobby farms with only a few types of livestock to large cattlemen who have herds. At Camdenton farm and Garden, we provide the best livestock feed at the Lake of the Ozarks. We provide great prices, and can even help you access the specific brands that your cattle are used to. In fact, last year we started providing MFA feeds! Come out to the best farm store at the Lake of the Ozarks to learn more.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Caring For Your Entire Yard in Hot Temps

The temps have been hitting the 90's lately - and it's no surprise that while you enjoy hiding from the heat, your plants wish they could too. While all plants need sun, and many are quite hardy and can handle the high temps, there are a few things you can do to help your Lake of the Ozarks garden thrive even through the quickly rising temps. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we help with all things farming and gardening, so we have a few tips to help your plants, wild birds, and landscaping survive the heat wave and thrive into fall.


Caring For Your Lawn

It can be challenging to care for your landscaping during high temps, especially if your city puts restrictions on your water usage. All the same, there are a few things you can do to help your landscape survive the hot temps and come out greener on the other side.

Set Your Mower Higher
The goal is to not cut your grass as short as you usually would. Extra height can keep your soil from drying out and keep your lawn greener longer.

Cut Regularly
While you want to keep the lawn cutter set higher, you still want to cut regularly. At least every couple of weeks to help prevent the grass from running to seed and to keep weeds from taking hold.

Don't Worry
While dry spells may keep your landscape looking dull, don't worry. As soon as rainfall returns it will green up again. There's no need to sow additional grass seed or water it daily. If you are truly worried about it, come in and talk with us. We may be able to prescribe a fertilizer to keep it going for longer.


Caring for Plants

This covers all things growing. from your vegetable garden, your border flowers, and even your container plants. All things green and growing need to be cared for properly in order to give them the best possible chance. It's important to ensure that the plants have enough access to water when the weather is dry as they can become weak and more at risk of pests and disease damaging them.

Water at the Right Time
It's important to not water during the hottest part of the day. This can use the most water because more evaporation can occur. It can also cause heat spots from the sun reflecting on the droplets on the plant's leaves. You can use several different types of watering, from irrigation to doing it by hand. No matter what you choose, just make sure the water is getting to the roots and not just being wasted on the leaves.

Your Container Garden
Be sure to water your potted plants thoroughly and regularly. You can also place them in a tray or sauce. When the water drains through it will collect at the bottom and can then be reabsorbed by the plant. You don't want to leave containers in saucers during the wet spells though. Don't forget to put your plants in a nice shady spot as well so they won't get scorched!

Pick Produce Regularly
Ripe produce consumes a lot of water. Keep picking through the summer months to help keep from putting such a strain on the plant. Of course, root crops are a little different, and they can stay in the ground until you're ready to use them. But for the others, you'll want to farm them as quickly as possible.


Caring for Wildlife

Do you have any wildlife in your yard? Perhaps water gardens or wild birds that use the bird bath? You'll want to think about them during these hot summer months!

Check the Pond
Make sure that the water level is topped off where necessary to help pond life and reduce the likelihood of small animals falling in while getting a drink. You can also put a branch or plank in to help any small animals that find themselves unexpectedly swimming.

Keep an Eye on the Birds
If you have a birdbath, you'll want to make sure and keep fresh water in it. It can be challenging for birds to find fresh water during dry spells, so a bird bath is a wonderful way to help. Also, if you still have your hummingbird feeders out, it's important to make sure that the nectar is changed regularly. The sugar in their food can go bad quickly when the temps are as warm as they are.


Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

For all things green and growing, we hope that you can rely on your local farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks for all of the help you need. We have supplies, tools, plants, and a great knowledge base for when you have questions. Give us a call to see if we have what you're looking for, or stop by!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Six Easy Plants to Grow

Gardening has some wonderful benefits. It’s relaxing, can provide food if you grow a vegetable garden, or flowers for bouquets if you prefer that type. The only downside is that if you’ve never gardened before, you may wonder if you even have a green thumb! It’s true that certain plants can require a bit of care and may need more maintenance than others, but SOME plants can be quite easy to grow! At your garden store in Camdenton, MO, we can help you find the perfect plant for your garden - big or small! Here are a few ideas to get you started, these can be some of the easiest plants to grow!



To Eat

For some, gardening is all about getting produce to eat! It can be a very fulfilling task to go out to your garden and harvest fresh veggies and herbs to then serve on your table. Some veggies may require a bit more gardening knowledge, but most are quite easy! Here are a few we think you would love trying out. Don’t forget, if you have any questions about growing these plants - the Plant Doctor at Camdenton Farm and Garden would love to be of assistance!



Tomatoes
There’s nothing quite like fresh tomatoes from the garden. People will pay a pretty penny to get their hands on these at the farmer’s market, so if you can grow them on your own, it will be a summer specialty! They are pretty easy, so as long as they have plenty of sun and some compost, you’ll be set! Don’t forget that you can get the compost at the Lake of the Ozarks right here at our store!

Beans
Green beans can be a family favorite when they’ve been picked straight off of the bush or pole. Fresh green beans are quite the delicacy, and it can be a fun family tradition to sit around on the porch and snap beans if you want to can them. A little sun and water can go a long way for green beans!

Basil
Have you ever tried fresh pesto made from basil that was just picked from a nice sunny spot? It will leave you speechless. You can chop up the leaves and put them right on top of a pizza, or toss it into a pizza sauce. It’s packed full of flavor, and such an easy plant to grow. Put your basil in a nice sunny spot, keep the flowers pinched, and your basil plant will produce bountifully for you.

To Look At

If your gardening goal is to have beautiful flowers all around your yard, that can easily be achieved! You can create a cutting garden so that you always have fresh flowers in your home, or you can strictly plant flowers beds to look at and appreciate from your porch. Either way, with a few tips, and some easy plants, you’ll be well on your way to creating a garden filled with beautiful blooms.



Sunflowers
These bright and sunny blooms can be such an easy flower to grow, especially for kids! It’s so fun to watch as they grow taller and taller through the summer season, and eventually get even taller than they do! Some varieties can even grow up to 14 foot or more - making them quite the sight to behold. Sunflowers (obviously) love sunny, but sheltered soil, and if you support the stems, they’ll get even taller.

Marigolds
Marigolds are another popular favorite among kids. The seeds can grow very quickly so it won’t be long until you see the “fruits of your labors.” You can get tall varieties for the border, and smaller ones for beds and pots. Marigolds love sunny, fertile, well-drained soil. FUN FACT! You can plant French marigolds with your tomato plants to help repel blackly and greenfly!

Sweet Peas
These lovely flowers are pretty and fragrant, they are irresistible in your garden spaces. You can sow seeds directly into the ground, but if this sounds like too much of a challenge for your new green thumb, you can buy plants as well. They love a nice sunny spot with some support like a teepee, fence or arch - and plenty of water! The only thing to be aware of is that mice love to eat sweet pea seeds and young plants so you may want to cover them to keep them safe as they start. You can even use a cut-off plastic bottle to cover them!


Plants at the Lake of the Ozarks

Gardening is a long-time, loved hobby among many people. If you’ve never tried it for yourself, this is the perfect summer to do so! Before you know it, you’ll be a gardening addict, with a bright green thumb, and beautiful plants to enjoy and appreciate every single day. If you aren’t sure where to start, or what tools you need to get going - stop by! At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we can not only supply you with gardening tools at the Lake of the Ozarks, but we can show you how to use them to make your garden grow. Stop by and see us! We’d love to show you how much we love gardening and inspire you to do the same.

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