Friday, January 19, 2018

Tips For Bird Watching in the Winter

We’ve had quite the winter already! With a month of winter under our belt, we’ve experienced freezing temperatures, snow, and ice. With uncomfortable temperatures outside, you may be driven indoors to find amusement and warmth. If that’s the case, it may be time to take up some new hobbies that keep you indoors while still appreciating the outdoors, like bird watching! If you’ve always loved spying on those little-feathered creatures out your window, here are a few tips to help make it even more meaningful.


Getting Started

Every good bird watcher knows that having the right tools can be the start of a wonderful bird watching relationship. While you don’t need to go out and invest a lot of money, you can still get some nice equipment that will last you for many seasons. As you plan your bird watching tool kid, here are a few items you may want to keep around.


  • Binoculars
  • Field Guide
  • Bird Feeders
  • Camera
  • Bird Apps


You can find more tools that could be helpful, like a spotting scope for long distances, or a notebook to take down observations. However, bird watching can be as relaxed or as complex as you’d like to make it.

Get a Bird List

A field guide can be very beneficial, but you’ll also want to find out what birds are in your area during which times of the year. The Midwest can see a lot of different birds as they migrate north or south depending on the time of year so you could be in of quite the adventure.
We’ve referred to the Great Missouri Birding Trail to see what bird species you may expect to find throughout Missouri, see if you can collect them all!


  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-Tailed Hawk
  • Bald Eagle
  • Mourning Dove
  • Barred Owl
  • Red-Bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-Breasted Nuthatch
  • Carolina Wren
  • Black-Capped/Carolina Chickadee
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Yellow-Breasted Warbler
  • Eastern Towhee
  • American Robin
  • Northern Cardinal
  • House Finch
  • White-Throated Sparrow
  • American Goldfinch


Find the Birds

Since your goal may be to stay indoors for this chilly Missouri winter, you may want to find a way to get the birds to come to you. Thankfully, Camdenton Farm and Garden has a great supply of bird feeders for any number of bird species. Not to mention, we have the best bird seed to go with it!

Find a Birding Group

Whether you want to find one on social media or in your local community, it can be fun to get together with others who love birds as much as you. The community aspect of a birding group can not only be fun, but it can be a great way to learn more about the birds in your area, and be notified when a new one could be migrating through or an unusual bird has been spotted!


Birding at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you are ready to start bird watching at the Lake of the Ozarks, we would love to help. From getting supplies and learning the best way to set them up to learning what types of birds to watch for and what types of food they like - we are your one-stop shop. Come out to Camdenton Farm and Garden, and don’t forget that we have a great sale happening for our January White Sale! All white bird food is 10% off, but only in January!



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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The January White Sale!

Only at Camdenton Farm and Garden can you find a January White Sale like no other. Did you know that birdseed can sometimes be all white? Birds love it, so when you're feeding the wild birds of your community, you may want to stock up now during our White Sale. Get 10% off of your purchase of our white birdseed and be all stocked for winter. Here are more details about our white bird seed that we have available.


White Millet

Millet isn't always a common birdseed, but it has great nutritional benefits. Millet is a small, starchy grain, and while it comes in many varieties the most popular is generally the white millet.

The basic nutritional components of millet seed include:

  • 12 percent protein
  • 8 percent fiber
  • 4 percent fat
  • Calcium
  • B vitamins
  • Magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus and other trace minerals

You will also find that many birds will enjoy white millet, from small to large. Here are just a few birds that will enjoy it, although there are many more, especially when given the opportunity to try this type of birdseed:

  • Budgerigars
  • Carolina wrens
  • Dark-eyed juncos
  • Eastern towhees
  • House Finches
  • Indigo buntings
  • Mourning doves
  • Northern cardinals
  • Painted buntings
  • Pine siskins
  • Scarlet Tanagers
  • Snow buntings
  • Sparrows
  • Spotted towhees
  • Varied thrushes
  • Yellow-throated warblers
  • Pheasants, quail, and grouse

Safflower

White safflower seeds may be a bit uncommon for birders, but they are picking up in popularity quickly and becoming one of the more known bird seeds. If you've never used this type of birdseed before, you can start introducing it, and before you know it, your backyard friends will love it!

Because this isn't as popular of a birdseed it can be challenging to find if you don't know where to look. Thankfully, your local farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks stocks it regularly and you can buy it easily! Here are a few bird species that really enjoy this type of birdseed:

  • Black-capped chickadees
  • Black-headed grosbeaks
  • Blue jays
  • Carolina chickadees
  • Downy woodpeckers
  • Evening grosbeaks
  • House Finches
  • Mourning doves
  • Northern cardinals
  • Purple Finches
  • Red-bellied woodpeckers
  • Rose-breasted grosbeaks
  • Tufted titmice
  • White-breasted nuthatches

Sunflower Hearts & Chips

Sunflower hearts and chips are just the inside of the sunflower seed without the messy hulls to worry about. It can also be easier for the birds to eat this type of birdseed because they won't have to work with the hulls. They are a great combination of vitamins and minerals for your bird, along with necessary fat and fiber. The main difference between the hulled sunflower seeds and the sunflower hearts is that aside from being hulled they can seem a bit more expensive. Just remember that you won't be paying for the hull, which is a saving in itself. PLUS, if you buy your white sunflower hearts in January at Camdenton Farm and Garden you can get 10% off!


Here are a few birds that really enjoy sunflower hearts (along with many others that aren't listed):

  • American goldfinches
  • Black-capped chickadees
  • Black-headed grosbeaks
  • Carolina wrens
  • Downy woodpeckers
  • Hairy woodpeckers
  • House Finches
  • Mourning doves
  • Pine grosbeaks
  • Pine siskins
  • Red-bellied woodpeckers
  • Red-breasted nuthatches
  • Tufted titmice
  • White-breasted nuthatches
  • White-throated sparrows

If you are looking for the BEST place to stock up on birdseed in Camdenton, MO, we would be glad to serve you. We have a WIDE selection, from our top-secret house blend, Jim's Mix, to a variety of other seed, nuts and more. This is a great time to make sure that your birds are being fed, with colder temps and icy weather. Of course, now is a great time to stock up on those white favorites since we have a great discount on our white birdseed! Come out and get your favorite whites for the January White Sale - see ya soon!

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Monday, December 18, 2017

6 Reasons to Feed Wild Birds

While you may not think about your feathered friends much through the winter, that's when they need you the most! Food can be scarce in the winter months, and if they don't have much of a store of food, they will be relying on their kind human friends to put out bird feeders and help them out. Not to mention, this is a fun hobby and can be a great opportunity for kids to learn more about birds. Here are our top ten reasons that you should feed wild birds, and how we can help you get started with the best bird food at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Bird Watching

This can be one of the biggest benefits for you, as the feeder. Watching birds can be incredibly fulfilling, and quite amusing. These little creatures have quite the personality, and you'll be surprised at how quickly you begin to understand them and appreciate their little quirks. They'll be by several times a day, and before you know it, you may just feel like the "crazy bird lady" because they'll all have little nicknames, and be apart of your family.

Bird Education

If you have kids or grandkids in the home, bird feeding isn't just teaching them about responsibility, but it's a great opportunity to teach them about the different breeds of birds, study the science of why they fly, learn about the types of food each one needs, and how to care for the feeders.

Insect Control

While birds will obviously eat the food out of your feeders, and the suet cakes, they also are ravenous for bugs! If your little, feathered friends are used to sticking around in the summer, they can help keep the bug population in control. Easy bug control without any types of pesticides!


Flower Pollination

While bugs are most known for their pollination of your plants, birds are also great at this task as well. This can help you have more beautiful and luxurious flower beds in the spring and summer, which is obviously a great advantage for just feeding your wild birds at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Weed Control

If you find that you're having challenges controlling the weeds in your landscape, small birds like finches and sparrows love to eat seeds - especially from the seed-bearing flowers or weeds that you may not want in your landscape. Feeding the birds can help keep some control on the weed population in your space.


Help a Feathered Friend In Need

If you are ready to learn more about bird feeding, stop by our garden store in Camdenton, MO. We have a full selection of items that can fit your style and your schedule. If you have always dreamt of feeding the birds, now is a great time to start. We have a bird feeding bundle going on through the end of December 2017 where you can buy a bird feeder valued at $50 or more and get a FREE 10 lb. bag of Jim's Mix bird seed. This is our own mix. We can’t tell you exactly what it contains, it's our top secret recipe! This is our top seller and we sell it by the pound. Birds love it! Stop by and see us, we'd love to share our love of bird feeding with you.

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About Camdenton Farm & Garden

Supporting your local businesses is important, but we believe in supporting our local customers even more. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we provide quality products, great service, and a fun local place to visit when you have questions about growing vegetables, keeping your roses flourishing, and which feed your chickens need. If you haven't had a chance to stop by and visit us, here is a little bit about our farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks!


We Provide Quality Service and Exceptional Products

At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we believe that quality of product and service goes a long way in attracting and retaining customers. The store has served the people of Camdenton and surrounding counties for over 25 years while continuing to expand on the products that we provide. People are accustomed to our knowledgeable and friendly service that even includes loading the products you've purchased!

Michael and Brenda Ledbetter, of Camdenton, have been the owners and operators of Camdenton Farm and Garden since 2007. Their dream was to expand the product line that the store provided. The Ledbetters also wanted to give the building a “facelift” and an old-west feed store appearance. In 2008, this was accomplished.

We've Got Your Pets Covered

Camdenton Farm and Garden caters to many farmers in the area by carrying all of the products to meet the nutritional needs of their livestock. Yet, we also provide a wide variety of pet supplies and feed, from tropical birds, hamsters, cats, rabbits, and dogs in all shapes and sizes. We are your one-stop-shop for pet food at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Quality Supplies for Your Wild Birds

We carry an extensive supply of wild bird supplies and feeders. Our feeders, from quality manufacturers like Droll Yankees, Duncraft, and Bird’s Choice (to name a few) will last for years and are backed by the manufacturer’s lifetime warranty. We are known for our Jim’s Mix, a mixed seed composition of our own making, as well as a variety of wild bird seed, including black oil sunflower, peanuts, and nyjer seed in bulk or by the pound. You won’t find a better variety of suet cakes at our price anywhere! Although we carry a large variety of wild bird feeders in our store, if you can’t find what you need, we can order it for you.

Need Some Lawn & Garden Advice?

Our garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks carries products from well-known lawn and garden specialists like Fertilome and High Yield. We have extensive varieties of grass seed from Missouri Southern Seed Company so you know that it’s fresh and will thrive in this tough Ozark climate. Need soil amendments, bulk topsoil, or straw, for your project. We have that, too, plus……we deliver. Simply give us your address and we will tell you the price of delivery, depending on your distance, from our store.

Come See Us!

Our helpful little store is just south of the square, right across from the First Baptist Church, in Camdenton. With everything you need to keep your large farm running or your small farm growing - we can assist with anything you need. See why service reigns supreme while visiting out knowledgeable staff and all the critters here at Camdenton Farm and Garden.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Fun Ways to Celebrate Christmas on the Farm

It’s the week before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring … and definitely not the mouse! If you’re decking the halls and jingling the bells at the farm, Camdenton Farm and Garden wants to help! Christmas is such a delightful season, and even more so when you live out in the country. Here are a few fun ways to celebrate and prepare for Christmas!


O Christmas Tree

How does your family do the Christmas tree? Do you like to have a real tree, or do you put up an artificial tree every year? It may be fun to either walk around your property and look for a Christmas tree or go out and visit a Christmas tree farm! Fix some hot chocolate, put it in a thermos, and hit the road to find the most perfect tree! This can be a very sentimental part of Christmas, and a memory that many cherish for years! Now that you have the perfect tree, it’s time to …

Deck the Halls!

Throw some tinsel on the tree, hang a wreath on the door, and put some yule logs in the fireplace! It’s going to be a wonderful season. Try to find ways to bring your fan indoors through the fun decor. With Red Cedar boughs in your centerpieces, red berries to accent, pine cones, and more. You can also use some of the items from your harvest to help make your home smell amazing! Put some apple quarters, cinnamon sticks, orange slices, and cloves in your crockpot with some water and turn on low or warm and your home will smell fantastic!

I’ve Brought Some Corn for Popping

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and part of that is because of the incredible flavors! It’s time to break out the baking utensils and make some of your FAVORITE recipes. What does your family like more? Cookies, cakes, pies? Will you be using some of your harvest to make them? There’s nothing like Christmas on the farm! Some families may also be serving up the Christmas goose, pork, or venison.


Sleigh Bells Ring

A final fun Christmas tradition that can be appreciated when you live out on the farm is a fun sleigh ride through the woods. Of course, you need a few things to accomplish this, but if your family has horses on the property, you may also have a sleigh to take a ride in. If you don’t have that, you can always hitch up the tractor and take a fun ride through the woods by way of engine power. Nothing says Merry Christmas from the country than fun tractor ride under blankets with hot chocolate!

Merry Christmas on the Farm

We LOVE the farm life at the Lake of the Ozarks. From chickens and cattle to gardens and greenhouses. Whether you go all out for your Christmas at the Lake of the Ozarks, or you make it a Silent Night, we hope that you and yours have a very Merry Christmas. If you need any last minutes gifts, don’t forget to stop by the best farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

9 Things Every Gardener Wants for Christmas

Can you believe the holidays are already here? Maybe you can, perhaps you’ve already been to several Christmas parties, and you have all of your presents bought and wrapped under the tree. If, however, you’re one of the 17 million people who are expected to be shopping on Christmas Eve, this blog is for you! If you have a gardener in your life, here are a few things you can keep in mind as you finish shopping for them.


1. Garden Decor

If you have a garden lover in your life, you really can’t go wrong when getting garden decor. It may be the dead of winter, but they can still look forward to the next garden season with new stepping stones, garden signs, wind chimes, and hanging baskets. The best part is, that your local farm and garden store in Camdenton, MO has plenty of cute garden gear!

2. Indoor Growing Kits

When a gardener is stuck in the dead of winter without a gardening project, the perfect gift could be in the form of an indoor growing kit! From lettuce greens to herbs, and even pretty flowers and grasses, there are many kits on the market to help our your green-thumbed friend. We supply plenty of items for growing in greenhouses or more.


3. Rose Gardening Gloves

Do you know an avid rose gardener? While these hi-tech gloves don’t have to only be used for roses, your gardening friend will appreciate being protected for the thorns!

4. Succulent Gardens

Like the indoor growing kits, a succulent garden is a great way to bring the warm summer days back even in the midst of a cold winter. These plants are also relatively easy to care for, as well so you can give them to “budding” gardeners to get their interest going!

5. Gathering Baskets

From vegetables to fruit and even flowers, having a good gathering basket is key for any gardener. Keep in mind that an oblong shape is perfect for gathering up the fruits or flowers from the garden, and a basket with holes can allow dirt and debris to escape before coming into the house.


6. Garden Containers

If your gardening friend lives in an apartment or has a home with a very small yard, big containers that they can garden in are perfect! We have many sizes to choose, from, plus all of the stuff you'll need to fill it!

7. Tree to Be Kits

If you’re looking for something unique, tree kits can be appealing to both adults and kids alike! They have everything you need to start your very own tree, and you’re helping the earth with every tree you plant, as well.


8. Birdhouses

Winter will finally start to melt off, and when it does, you can be sure that your friend will be ready to get their birdhouses out for the spring. Help them with their collection by getting some really beautiful birdhouses at the Lake of the Ozarks that they can hang in their garden. Don't forget that until the end of December you can participate in our Birdfeeding Bundle! Buy a birdfeeder for $50 or more and get a FREE 10 lb. bag of Jim's Mix bird feed!

9. Beautiful Terrariums

Gardeners are always looking for a beautiful way to accent their blooming buds. Terrariums are breathtaking ways to show off plants indoors, especially when your gardener is waiting for the snow to melt.


The Best Gardening Products

Every gardener has a wishlist of items they're looking for, even if it's as simple as a few bags of quality dirt, landscaping fertilizer, or new tools. From the fun to the practical, shopping for gardeners can be EASY when you come to Camdenton Farm and Garden! Merry Christmas from your local garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks, and don't forget to come get your signature for the Business Hop at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Friday, December 8, 2017

3 Reasons to Stop By Our Store

Camdenton Farm and Garden is a locally owned farm and garden store right off of the Camdenton square. Our facility has been serving the community for well over 25 years, and our owners, Mike and Brenda have been the owners and operators since 2007. Whether you're new to the area, been around for years, or somewhere in between, if you haven't stopped by sometime, we'd love to welcome you! Our store offers a wide variety of products, from gardening supplies and accessories to wild bird feed and feeders, livestock feed, and even pet supplies and food. We've got a lot of items you may be looking for, and we'd be honored to provide a small-town feel for your regular purchases. If you haven't been by lately, we'd love to welcome you out this month for some really great incentives!


The Christmas Business Hop at the Lake of the Ozarks

Have you heard of this local event? We are proud to be apart of it because it's a great way to showcase all of the incredible small businesses that the Lake area has to offer. We're only one of many on the list, but if you haven't stopped by, please do and get your ticket signed off!

If you haven't heard of this fun event at the Lake, the idea is that you go to as many of the small businesses as you can to get your ticket signed off on, and then be entered in chances to win awesome prizes! In fact, the best thing about the prizes is that they are gift cards that work for ALL of the stores on the list! Want to learn more about it? Check out this video from KY3 to learn more, and don't forget to swing by!

Read the KY3 article HERE

Our Bird Feeding Bundle

If you're still looking for the PERFECT item for someone on your list, we've got lots to choose from! Of course, for the month of December, we are offering a bird feeding bundle, which makes the perfect gift for someone in your life who loves to watch their feathered friends outside. If you stop by and buy a bird feeder valued at $50 or more, you will also get a FREE 10 lb. bag of our house blend Jim's Mix bird seed. This can be an easy gift to get for mom, grandma, and aunts. It's also an educational gift to get for kids who love to watch the outdoors. They'll love seeing those little, feathered friends hopping around outside and enjoying the birds eating. It's also a great lesson in responsibility as they have to keep it filled. Just make sure to mention that you learned about this great deal from our Facebook or blog to redeem your bird seed and bird feeder at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Our house blend, Jim's Mix

Tools & Gifts for All

We talked about it last week on our blog, but we really do have an excellent variety of gifts and tools for the hardworking people in your life. Not to mention, we have some fun gifts for your furry friends, too! In fact, if you like our Facebook page, and come show us on your phone that you have, you can get half a pound of dog treats or one suet cake for any of your animal friends! We have beautiful wind chimes that make great gifts for people with nice porches, we have hummingbird feeders that are excellent gifts for your kids to get grandma, and more! Why don't you come take a look around? We've got a great selection of unique items, but you'll never know until you stop by.


Your Local Farm and Garden Store

For all of the products you need and love, and the friendly small town feel that you need, Camdenton Farm and Garden is here for you. We hope to see you this month at our farm and garden store in Camdenton, MO. There are several great reasons to visit this month, and stay tuned because we've got some GREAT deals for you coming up in the next few months! So like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and stay in touch because this winter is going to be anything but boring!

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