Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Caring For Your New Kitty

Summer is an excellent time to expose your kids to new experiences, start new habits, and teach them how to care for something (including themselves *chuckle*). Are you thinking about getting a new kitty for your kids this summer? It's a great season to do it, but there are always a few things to consider and do before getting a new pet. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help keep your kitty happy and healthy.


Double Check Their Age

In the first ten weeks, kittens have very specific developmental needs in regards to nourishment, warmth, socialization, and excretion. Because of this, many breeders and shelters will not adopt their kittens out before this time. If you do happen to find yourself caring for a young kitten that was orphaned, you should consult your vet to learn what to do.

Get a Good Vet

There are many great veterinarians in the Lake area, so feel free to come check with us to see who we recommend. It's important to make taking you new kitty to the vet one of the first things you do. Not only can you test your kitty for birth defects, parasites, and other diseases, but you can also ask all of the important questions about caring for your kitty and get the right answers.

Find Quality Food

Do you want to know the BEST place to get cat food at the Lake of the Ozarks? At Camdenton Farm and Garden! Did you know that we have an incredible selection of pet food at the Lake of the Ozarks? If you don't happen to find what you're looking for in our selection, we can even order some special brands for you.


Start a Feeding Schedule

Your new little kitty is going to have quite the appetite, so you'll want to plan out the feeding schedule and routine. This can help you make sure that your new pet is both fed enough and not too much. At 3-6 months of age, many veterinarians suggest feeding your kitten three times a day. Once they've reached six months, they suggest twice a day. Don't forget to keep their water bowls filled, too!

Start Socializing

It's important to make sure that after your pet has been cleared of disease it's time to start letting the kitty explore their surroundings and get used to their roommates.You'll want to play with your kitty at least once a day to help him form a strong emotional bond with you and your children. Be sure to monitor their interaction though, to make sure everyone has a positive experience.


Caring for Your Kitty

At Camdenton Farm and Garden, no one loves cats as much as we do! In fact, if you stop by our store, you'll find a few felines wandering around the shop throughout the day. From kitty food to other pet supplies, we're your one stop garden shop at the Lake of the Ozarks. Come see us this week and get ready for your new family member!


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Friday, July 14, 2017

Tips for Growing a Cutting Garden

We’re in the heart of summer, and by now your garden is probably full of blooms. One of the most beautiful parts of a garden is bringing those blooms in and arranging them around your home to get a fresh summer-like feel. If you’ve always wanted to grow flowers for your home, but never knew where to start, here are a few great varieties to get you through the growing season, and how many you’ll need to plant to keep them going.


Tips for Growing a Cutting Garden

The beauty of your garden can make it difficult to cut them and bring them inside. That is what a cutting garden is for. You can find an out of the way, sunny spot of your yard or even the back of your vegetable garden to grow flowers that are just for cutting and bringing inside. You won’t steal from the beauty of your other gardens and can still enjoy fresh flowers in your home.

You’ll start by preparing your area. Remove weeds, add fertilizer, and aerate the soil. This will give your cutting garden a great start. They’ll need it because you’ll be snipping continually and they’ll have to keep creating blooms.

Plan your layout and make sure that there is plenty of room for you to navigate between the rows. You can group your plants together by the growing condition they require, or by the growing requirements and care that they need. After they’ve been grouped by cultural needs, you can organize them by mature height so that the shorter ones are engulfed by the tall ones.

Don’t forget to mulch! You aren’t adding the mulch for look, so it doesn’t have to be expensive, but you want to make sure that you have enough to deter the weeds.If you notice that the mulch decomposes to less than one inch, you’ll want to top the area off with some fresh mulch.

Finally, the most important thing to do is keep cutting! The more you cut the more plants will set new flowers - making a beautiful circle of life. In the meantime, just watch for pests and disease, and remove the affected plants to keep it from spreading. Make sure your flowers are watered at least weekly, and more if you are experiencing a hot or dry summer, like this one.


Flowers to Include in Your Cutting Garden

When you choose the flowers for your garden, keep in mind that there are a few things you’re looking for when choosing the best blooms. You’ll probably want to choose long stemmed flowers since you’ll be displaying them. If you love the frangrence, you’ll want to include some scented flowers. Don’t forget the filler plants, either, like baby’s breath or coral bells. You can plant some foliage, too, like artemisia and coleus. If you choose flowers that dry well, you can use your blooms in winter as well. Finally, plant what you love! If you love roses, make them a priority in your garden. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

  • Pot Marigold
  • Cosmos
  • Mexican Sunflower
  • Yellow Flag
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Snap Dragon
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Marigold
  • Poppy
  • Horsemint
  • Indigo Spires Sage
  • Calliopsis
  • Mums
  • Purpletop Verbena
  • Nasturtium
  • Peony
  • Salvia
  • Ranunculus
  • Liastrus
  • Rose

Flowers at the Lake of the Ozarks

Are you ready to start your cutting garden at your Lake home? Camdenton Farm and Garden can help! We have many plants in stock and can suggest the ones that are best to get started with, as well as teach you how to keep them growing strong all season. It’s time to fill your home and your yard with beautiful gardens and we want to help. Come out and visit our farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks today!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Tips for Cleaning Your Grill

It’s been a busy weekend, your belly is full from amazing grilling, and you probably just want to hang out in the hammock. Yet, have you ever considered that through all of the grilling out you did this weekend, maybe you should clean your grill? Most grills go uncleaned, and even if they are cleaned, it’s probably not done properly. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we supply you with propane tanks for your grill, but we also want to give you the knowledge you need to make sure your grill is in tip top performance for next time! Here are a few things you should keep in mind while cleaning your grill.


Choosing a Grill Brush

Have you seen those articles where they talk about people being hospitalized for using the wrong grill brush, and the small wires getting stuck to their food and then ingested? We think this brings up a good point - you need to get a really good grill brush. When you buy a grill brush, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is to make sure that it’s a food grade brush. You’ll get a higher quality brush this way, and it will be able to stand up to more grilling sessions. You also want to make sure that it doesn’t say “avoid using on hot surfaces” because this type of grill brush won’t be able to handle the heat of your grill, and is obviously not a safe option. Before buying a brush, you should also pull on the bristles and make sure that they are secure. The biggest tip is to not keep using the sam brush for years. When it gets dirty or old, replace it.

Routine Clean

Does your grill cleaning routine sound something like this? Fire up the grill, wait until it gets hot, scrape off the grates with a wire brush, and then toss on the meat.

If this is how you clean your grill, we have a few suggestions that might make it even easier. Did you know that it’s actually easier to clean your grates when the food is warm, versus when it’s been let to cool and then heated up the next time around? After you’ve finished grilling and your grill has cooled down just a bit, run the wire brush over the grates and get the rest of the greasy food off. This will make cleaning it easier because you’re getting the grease while it’s still soft.

Annual Cleaning

A few times a year, it will be necessary to go to greater lengths to get your grill clean. You will need to pull out the bucket of warm soapy water and give you grill a good cleaning. Take pieces apart, get everything squeaky clean, and you’ll find that this tool is ready for another grilling session.


Keep It Clean

Cleaning your grill is vitally important. Do you just leave your stovetop to “clean itself?” Of course not! After you make dinner, you wipe it down, and occasionally, you give it a really good, deep clean. The same applies to your grill. We hope you’ve had a Happy Fourth of the July weekend - but now that it’s wrapping up, don’t forget to show your grill some love. Don't forget, if you still have more grilling in your future, you can refill propane tanks at the Lake of the Ozarks at Camdenton Farm and Garden - your local garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Gardening Tasks for the Month of July

Summer is in full swing at the Lake of the Ozarks, but if you think that your gardening tasks are over - think again! Your garden spaces need you now more than ever if they are going to get through the hot summer months alive. Not to mention, there are some other obscure tasks that you'll need to perform that you may not have considered. Don't worry, your farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help! Here are a few gardening tasks you'll want to perform this month to keep everything up and running.


Spring Blooms Overcrowded?

The season of your iris' is over, and if you want to have a great season for them next year, you'll need to do a few things to give them a head start. If they are becoming overcrowded, now is a great time to divide and conquer! Be sure to also trim the decayed or corky ends to a fan shape on your iris'.

Harvest Time

Do you have bush fruits? These would include raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, elderberries, or gooseberries (to name a few). These berries, if they are still producing, will need to be harvested on a daily basis at this point of the year. Do you have more than you know what to do with? There are several options for ways to use them. You can freeze them and use them in the future. You can also donate them to different shelters and organizations that need fresh fruit.

Cut Back the Mums

If you have hardy mums and stonecrop sedum varieties need to be trimmed or cut back to half their height at this point in the summer. If not, you may find early blooming happening. Cutting them back also helps with making the plant fuller later in the year.

Stick To Your Lawn Schedule

Do you remember the holiday feeding schedule for your lawn that we've discussed? This is a great time to put down a weed and feed product. It can help treat the broad-leafed weeds that start to pop up in your lawn during this time of year. Do you need lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks? Camdenton Farm and Garden has everything you need, from fertilizers to weed killers.

Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor

Finally, now is a great time to kick back and ENJOY the space you've created. Grab an ice cold beverage, sit on your porch or patio, and revel in all of the hard work you've created. You've definitely earned a break with a cold drink after the hot temps we've been having!


Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you need supplies or advice, the team at Camdenton Farm and Garden is here to help you grow your dream garden! From small herb gardens to acres and acres of fruit trees vegetable gardens and more - we can help! Come out to visit our garden store in Camdenton, MO to learn more! We look forward to serving you.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Best Livestock for a Hobby Farm

Even if you only have an acre, you can still make your dreams of farming come true! Hobby farms are picking up in popularity around the country, and now is a great time to start yours. From poultry to livestock, there are many smaller animals that are perfect for your little farm. At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we have all of the supplies you'll need to succeed in your farming at the Lake of the Ozarks! Here are a few smaller animals you can keep on your farm.


Quail

Quail are a very easy, small bird to keep in your backyard. They don't take up a lot of space (about a square foot per bird) if you get a smaller variety like the Coturnix quail. Quail are kept for eggs and for meat. You'll find that they can be very good little egg producers, not to mention that quail meat can be incredible. You'll find that quail need very little in terms of care and maintenance, they just need to be given plenty of protein.

Chickens

There's nothing quite as satisfying as heading out in the morning to collect the eggs and say good morning to the hens. There are two purposes for chickens, either they will be for eggs or for meat. Keep in mind that meat chickens generally require some space and a lot of food, not to mention that they can be a bit dirty. If you keep chickens for eggs, you'll have to have a plan for when they quit laying, as they only lay really well for around 3 years. Fresh eggs can be a highlight, and chickens need about four square foot to be content, so you'll need to keep space in mind as you plan your coop.

Rabbits

Rabbits are a very economical and easy way start farming, not to mention quiet. Most likely, your neighbors won't even know you have them! While some will use rabbits for their fur, most likely you'll want to keep them for meat. Just keep in mind that you'll want to keep a 3x2 cage for them, if not more. If you aren't sure what size would work better, it's always best to get something larger.


Ducks

If you're looking for some fun foul to keep around, ducks can be a great asset to your small farm. They are not prolific layers, compared to quail and chickens, but the flavor is great. You'll want to make sure that you have a place for them to roost, and you'll want to clip their wings as they are definitely fliers. Ducks take up more space than chickens, and they also must be kept in pairs. Duck meat is also a delicacy, so whether you keep them for meat or eggs, they can be a wonderful addition.

Goats

Are you looking for something that provides milk without getting something as large as a dairy cow? Goats can be a great option for a small farm, but they also require quite a bit of commitment as well. you will want to have at least 16 square feet per goat, and since goats are social you'll want to start with at least two. Goats are kept around for their milk and meat and can be fairly easy once you get the space set up for them. Keep in mind though, that goats are loud talkers so you won't want to have them if you live in close proximity to your neighbors.


Start Your Dream

If a hobby farm is something you've always dreamt of, now is the time to start! Let the team at Camdenton Farm & Garden help you discover which animals would work well on your property, and how to care for them properly. Come out and visit our farm store at the Lake of the Ozarks to speak with our team and get started today!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

5 Father's Day Gift Ideas for the Gardener In Your Life

Father's Day is right around the corner, and there are only a few days left to get a gift for the man in your life. You may be cutting it down to the wire, but there is still time to grab the best gift for your dad. If your Father loves to spend time outside, get his hands dirty, and grow beautiful plants and food from seeds, there are a few things you can keep in mind when shopping for the best gift for dad and how your local garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks can help!


Mowers & Trimmers

Is dad riding around on an old mower, or worse, pushing a rickety old mower around the yard? This may be a great time to help him upgrade his mowing process. From getting a more eco-friendly mower to something that can run smoothly across his lawn, dad is going to love his new tool! You can also look for new trimmers and edgers to help him keep the lawn details in check.

Tool Sheds

Does dad need a place to keep all of his lawn and garden tools? Maybe the garage is starting to get a little full with all of his mowers, trimmers, shovels, pots, and more.  Get him a tool shed to keep it all contained and organized! Plus, your mom may appreciate being able to park her car in the garage again! *wink*

Hand Tools

It can take a lot of hard work, and even basic tools to make your dad's yard and garden look beautiful.  Get many different shovels, rakes and hand tools for your dad, and you can present them in a pail or bucket that can be used as well. We have some basic tools at your local farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks, be sure to swing in and take a look!

Gloves

Gloves are a very valuable tool for every gardener, and often need to be replaced every year. Gloves are used to protect hands from sticks, stones, brambles, and thorns, and your dad is going to love getting a new pair. Check out some good materials like leather or canvas. This will be a great tool for dad to keep on hand and use for his whole gardening season.

Blowers

Do you want to make your dad's life even easier when it comes to gardening? Get dad a leaf blower! This tool will make cleaning the yard even easier because he can blow sticks, leaves, and debris into a pile and make it easier to clean. Want to make it EVEN easier? Try a reverse leaf blower! This will vacuum up the leaves and sticks into a bag.


Happy Father's Day From Camdenton Farm & Garden

We hope you have a fantastic weekend with your dad! Fire up the grill, fix him a delicious meal, and enjoy some time in the great outdoors. Don't forget that we provide propane tank fill ups if your grill tank is getting low! You don't want to run out of propane in the middle of your feast. If you're still looking for gifts, don't forget to stop by and check out our gardening selection!

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Repelling Backyard Bugs With Plants

Summer is upon us, and with that comes backyard bugs. From mosquitoes to ticks, there are many different types of bugs that like to come out and ruin our summer fun. Luckily for you, your local garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help! There are actually many different types of herbs and plants that will REPEL these bugs and keep them at bay. Here are a few of these plants, and how you can use them to keep your backyard bug free!


Citronella

Keeps Away: Mosquitoes and other bugs

Citronella drives bugs nuts. They don’t like the scent, and keep away. This is probably pretty obvious, since citronella candles are sold to keep bugs away, but you can also keep the plant around as well! This plant loves a little afternoon shade and rich, moist soil. Keep it near your doorway to keep bugs outside.

Lavender

Keeps Away: Moths, fleas, flies mosquitoes

The scent of lavender isn’t just used to help you relax and sleep, it can also be used to keep bugs away. Keep this plant happy by providing a pot with rich soil and give it lots of sun. Plus, it makes a beautiful addition to your porch, patio, or other landscaped area.

Marigold

Keeps Away: Mosquitoes and aphids

This charming little flower actually omits a smell that repels mosquitoes and aphids! The plant contains pyrethrum, which is a compound that you will find in many insect repellents. Plant them near entrances or windows to keep those bugs at bay!

Pennyroyal

Keeps Away: Ticks and mosquitoes

If you keep pennyroyal around, you may actually find your dog rolling through it! Pennyroyal leaves and stems deter the worst summer insects like mosquitoes and ticks.

Garlic

Keeps Away: Borers, small beetles, aphids, mosquitoes

This pungent herb repels mosquitoes and pesky bugs. You can also plant garlic around your fruit trees to help keep borers and small beetles at bay, as well as keep it around your roses to repel aphids.

Peppermint

Keeps Away: Spiders, mosquitoes, ants

While many herb growers will keep peppermint in their garden for the lovely, fresh scent, or to make tea from it’s leaves. It’s also extremely useful for bug repellent, though! Mint naturally repels insects, and you can rub the leaves on your skin for added protection.

Lemongrass

Keeps Away: Mosquitoes

Insects detest this plant’s lemony aroma. You can plant lemongrass in pots around you porch and home’s entrances to keep the mosquitoes from crashing your party.

Catnip

Keeps Away: Mosquitoes

Your cat may love catnip, but you’ll love it, too! This herb is from the mint family and will grow in almost any soil in full sun. Catnip can grow 3’-5’ so don’t plant it where you have limited space.


Basil 

Keeps Away: Mosquitoes houseflies

Crush a handful of basil leaves and put them in your pocket or rub them on your skin to repel mosquitoes. Added bonus: you can use this plant in several recipes!

Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you are a hobby gardener with small pots on the porch or a passionate gardener with acres of vegetables and flowers, we want to support you in all of your gardening endeavors. From tools to plants, and other gardening supplies, Camdenton Farm and Garden is here for you. Be sure to come out to our farm and garden store and see for yourself!

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