Wednesday, December 28, 2016

We've Got You Covered - Literally!

Ground cover is an extremely important way to protect your gardens, beds, and even new grass seed. Aside from being practical, certain materials are meant to also look beautiful, which is why we stock the best gravel, straw, soil, and mulch at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are a few ways we can help make your landscaping chores easier this coming season.


Mulch

Mulch can not only make your garden look better, but it can also have added benefits as well.


  • Mulch can help keep weeds from growing - and this isn't just for appearance. Weeds can steal nutrients from your plants
  • It can also hold in moisture, which can keep your plants from drying out too quickly.
  • Mulch can help moderate the ground temperature, which is especially helpful during cold snaps. 
  • During hot summers, mulch helps keep plant roots cooler


Rocks

Rocks have become a great way to landscape areas of your lawn where you don't want to care for grass. This is especially helpful around the Lake area since we have such varied landscapes and nothing is completely flat. At Camdenton Farm & Garden, all bulk materials are sold by the 1/2 cubic yard, year-round. We load while you wait! Plus, we deliver up to 4 cubic yards per load. Contact us for delivery rates. We have three colors available, black granite, river rock, and pea gravel.

Topsoil

Topsoil is dark in color and high in organic matter, which makes it very easy to till and fertilize the ground for growing plants. If you've ever taken a shovel out to your garden bed, you'll find that Missouri soil is NOT typically very easy to till - mostly because you'll find hard layers of rock right underneath. Our soil is pH balanced, the best there is for vegetable and flower beds, and especially as topsoil for your lawn. Topsoil is sold in 1/2 cubic foot loads, year round. Please call ahead during periods of heavy precipitation. Plus, we deliver. We can deliver up to 4 cubic yards per load. Contact us for delivery rates, based on distance.


Straw

Finally, straw is a great way to cover your ground. While it's great for bedding for your animals, it's also a great way to establish your turf lawn. You can also use it to help with composting when you need some good soil for your garden.

Bulk Products at Camdenton Farm and Garden

Now is the time to start preparing for your summer garden at the Lake of the Ozarks. We can help you find the best products to help you reap the best harvest. For everything you need from seedling to harvest - come out to the best garden supply store at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Camdenton Farm & Garden

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Dreaming of Gardening in the Heart of Winter

Does the cold, icy ground bring your mind back to spring and summer? Are you already dreaming of your 2017 garden? At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we always have gardening on the brain, so we're going to help you curb your garden fever with some ways you can start preparing! It's never too early to think about your summer growing plans.

Starting Mapping Your Garden

It's time to cozy up to the fireplace and start dreaming about your garden space. What all do you want to put in it? Do you want to focus on vegetables like corn, tomatoes, and peppers? Maybe you want to create a garden filled with salad ingredients like spinach, lettuce, and broccoli! What about an herb garden where you can just step outside and snip off fresh basil and cilantro? There are so many delicious things you can plant and now is the perfect time to think about it.

At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we are the proud distributer of Baker's Creek Heirloom Seeds at the Lake of the Ozarks, so when you want to grow quality ingredients, while also buying locally, we can help!

Sign Up For Catalogs and Newsletters

Make the dismal winter seem a little more hopeful by signing up for all of the gardening catalogs you've been ogling. Start learning tips and tricks to make your gardening season easier and more productive. In fact, while you're signing up, don't forget to sign up for our e-newsletter.

Winter Sowing

This is a great way to keep the gardening mood fresh, and also eliminate the mad dash in spring to get everything taken care of. You can start seeds in container (even milk jugs) and then transplant them when it's time.


Grow Indoors

Just because it's winter, doesn't mean you can't start enjoying the benefits of gardening. Start some herbs or even sprouts in small containers indoors and enjoy the fresh grown delicacies all winter long.

Gather Your Supplies

Now is a great time to not only gather your supplies, but also start to repair and maintain the ones you have. Starter pots, heat pads, even seeds are all great ways to get started as long as you have the space to store them.

Start Composting

This is a great way to prepare for your garden, especially if you still have leaves in your yard that need to be recycled. With a little effort now you can reap the benefits of having excellent soil in the spring. If you want to learn more about composting for your garden, check out our blog post called What You Need to Know About Composting.

Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you're a hobby-gardener or you are an expert with acres of crops - Camdenton Farm and Garden has all of the supplies you'll need to keep your garden in tip-top condition. You can never start too early when it comes to planning out your garden, and really, the earlier you start, the better you season could be. Come visit our store to learn more about our products and gardening supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks, or even just to chat with our employees about gardening! We'd love to see you.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Getting the Chickens Cooped Up For Winter

While every season is important to the life of your chicken, winter can be very delicate to their health. Because of this, there are a few things you'll want to do to make sure that they have everything the need to keep clucking away! At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have many supplies you'll need to keep your birds in tip-top condition, as well as the know-how to keep them healthy. Here are a few easy steps you can take to make your birds comfortable.


Winterize the Coop

Exposure to the winter elements is one of the dangers of the season. By providing a safe place for them to endure the winter in, you've given them an extra boost for success. Check for drafts and damages as well as make sure that it's clean.

Clean Up

One of the most important parts of winterizing is making sure that the coop is clean. A dirty coop can harbor dirt and diseases, making it harder for your birds to stay healthy. Start by taking EVERYTHING out. Perches, dishes, removable nests - basically anything that isn't already nailed down, and give it a good scrubbing. You can use a commercial cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water.

Secure the Fortress

Before putting everything back in the coop, you'll want to inspect it thoroughly. Check for areas of weakness where rodents and the wind could get through. While you want there to be plenty of fresh air coming in to keep the humidity from rising (which creates a breeding ground for parasites) you also don't want drafts that could chill your birds.

You can check all of the doors and windows and make sure they close properly, as well as the roof to make sure that it doesn't have any leaks. If you have electric in your coop, check the wiring and make sure none of it is frayed.

Bedding

While you may not need to put all fresh bedding in the coop, you do want to make sure it's clean and ready for the winter. Did you know that the presence of manure and decomposing bedding can actually create heat in the coop? If you do decide to clean it out, replacing it with straw is an economical way to clean up. Come out to Camdenton Farm and Garden for straw at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Heaters

While chickens can be hardy little creatures and survive well in colder temperatures, there are some that are not as tolerant. By hanging a 100W bulb in the corner of your coop you are giving them ample warmth, but also allowing them the freedom to move to the other side if it gets too warm.

Proper Nutrition

Just as you tend to stay healthier when you eat healthier - so do your birds. A birds caloric intake generally raises by 10% or more in cold weather, so you'll need to plan for extra feed. By feeding them a few extras you can also help keep their egg production up. Corn is an excellent choice, and some farmers even feed their birds some warm oatmeal to help them bulk up a bit. We have a great selection of chicken feed at the Lake of the Ozarks and would love to help you choose the right type.

Water

Just as water is important in the summer, it's important in the winter. Of course, in the summer you have to make sure it doesn't evaporate - but in the winter you have to make sure it doesn't freeze. If you don't want to get up at the crack of dawn to make sure your birds have water you can invest in some water warmers. Not only will you appreciate not having to check the water, your birds will love the warm water, too!

Farming at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you have a small hobby farm or a large farm with hundreds of acres, Camdenton Farm and Garden is here to help. We have a shop stocked full of supplies, from feed to tools, and we would love to support you as you support your livestock. Come visito our shop this season and let us help you get your farm winter ready!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Eco-Friendly Farming

With many individuals becoming concerned about the environment, homesteading and self-sustainable living has become more popular. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we see many farmers from many backgrounds, and want to help all of you achieve your goals. If you're looking to start making your farm a more eco-friendly place, here are a few things you can do to leave a better mark on your community.



Crop Rotation

When you utilize crop rotation, you are giving the ground the rest that it needs before growing again. There are some crops that leave behind fungi (like potatoes) and if you try to replant them again in the same place, it will damage your crop. Crop rotation helps to maintain the health and nutrition of your soil.

Collecting Rainwater

There are many ways to collect water runoff from your farm. This water can then be used to water your animals and your crops. You'll want to make sure that it has been properly filtered though, as many runoff systems get water from the roof of your home or barn, and you don't know what chemicals were used to treat the surface.

Utilize Grazing

When farming at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can start creating good grazing habits by rotating your livestock between several different fields. This is like crop rotation, but for your livestock. The benefits only start with helping to lower your feed bill, promoting healthy grass and even helping to reduce the number of parasites on your land. Not to mention, it's a very cost effective way of having your lawn mowed if you have goats, cattle, sheep or geese.

Composting

Composting is a great way to recycle household waste. You can compost many of the scraps that come from your kitchen, and combined with other matter like leaves and grass clippings, create a product that is great for your garden. Many small scale farms are utilizing this, but larger farms can as well. Horse manure, greenhouse waste, and other materials can be used to improve the crop yields on many farms and are still eco friendly.

Modernize Your Equipment

Finally, if you want to help improve eco-friendly farming at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can modernize your farming equipment. Updating your barns and pens with modern utilities and storage options can help minimize the carbon footprint you leave on the earth.

Farm and Garden at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether your farm is small, or you are complete with a partridge in a pear tree, you can make an impact on the earth through your farming practises. Don't think you have to readjust everything at once, either. You can take baby steps that are all just as important for the place we live. Do you need suggestions on your farming technique? Or maybe you need a high quality livestock feed at the Lake of the Ozarks to get you through the winter. Camdenton Farm and Garden would be honored to assist. Stop in and talk with any of our associates, and we would love to partner with you.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Feeding the Farm

One of the biggest aspects of winter weather that affects farming is the lack of fresh green grass for your livestock to feed on. Every winter this can become an issue for a farmer who either doesn't have enough property to gather hay from or during years where the weather makes this harder to reap a harvest. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we help you take care of your livestock by providing you with the necessary feed. From grain to hay, you'll find just what you need to keep your farm up and running through the winter. Here are a few of the feed varieties we have available in our storefront.


Horse Feed

At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we believe in the general health and well-being of your horses. We carry both Patriot and Patriot Senior feed, as well as 50/50, a twelve percent sweet feed, and All-Stock, a seven percent sweet feed, to maintain the nutrition of your horses, both young and old. We sell our feed in fifty-pound bags. We also offer a few other types of feed:
  • Whole Oats
  • Crimped Oats
  • Hay


Cattle Feed

We know your cattle need the best feed, no matter what purpose they serve on your farm. From cattle raised for beef or milk, they need the best of the best to keep them healthy and well-nourished. We stock several varieties that are perfect for your cattle - be sure to call us for current market prices.
  • 20% Range Cubes
  • 50/50 Grain (12%)
  • All-Stock (7%) Sweet Grain
  • Black Bag Mineral Supplement
  • Whole/Chopped Corn
  • Hay


Poultry Feed

Scratch grains are designed to be fed with poultry supplements to make complete rations for laying hens and meat birds. Scratch grains are comprised of a loose mixture of coarsely cracked corn and whole grains. It is an ideal product to use with Egg Maker Balancer in a 1:1 ratio along with free-choice oyster shell for laying hens. Egg Maker Complete is designed to meet the complete nutritional needs of domestic layers in production. No additional grain, protein, mineral, or vitamin sources are needed. It is a 16% protein, 3% fat pelleted feed to support maximum egg production. We also carry these poultry feeds at the Lake of the Ozarks:
  • Chick Starter (20%)
  • Oyster Shells
  • Egg Pellets (16%)
  • Egg Crumbles (16%)
  • Egg Maker
  • Ground corn
  • Black Rooster


Goat Feed

Goats are a great animal to have on your farm because they are multi-purpose. They can provide meat, but they are also great for milk. Of course, they will need the right nourishment to keep up with these demands. Here are a few varieties that we have available for you:
  • Goat Feed (16%)
  • Ground/Whole Corn


Pig Feed
Whether you have a farm full of pigs or only a few to fill your freezer, Camdenton Farm and Garden carries brands that are well liked and perfect nutrition for your pig. If you don't find what you like in our store, be sure to ask us about special order items. We can get other varieties in our facility.
  • Pig feed (14%)
  • Ground/Whole Corn


Rabbit Feed

While it's normally thought that rabbits just eat carrots, they need a balanced diet to help them maintain their purpose on the farm. Rabbits are primarily used for meat but some are even occasionally used for their fur. Here are the types of feed we have available for you:
  • Rabbit Pellets (16%)
  • We can order any specialty feed that you would like


Nutrition is Key for Your Farm

From the smallest to the largest of your livestock, the feed you provide sets the pace for your farm. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we help you maintain your farm through feed tools and advice. If you don't have a farm, but you're ready to start, we can help. From supplies, food, and advice, our team can help you create the farm of your dreams. Come visit our facility to stock up on the tools you need for your farm at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Preparing for the Birds!

Waking up to chilly mornings is a great reminder that winter is on its way. One of the highlights of the winter months is being able to enjoy the birds that still remain here throughout the winter and need someone to help care for them. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have all of the supplies you need to take care of your feathered friends all through the year, especially during the cold. Here are a few things you can do to get prepared for them now.


Prepare Your Feeders

It’s important to make sure that your feeders have been properly cared for in order to get the best use out of the in the winter. When you get them out of storage, look them over for any broken pieces, and make sure they are clean.

We use a bucket and soapy water and long brush especially designed for tubular bird feeders. Dilute two tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water to take care of any mildew and mold build-up. For my tubular feeders, I then thrust the garden hose down one end to rinse and allow air drying in the sun before re-assembly.

Of course, if your bird feeders are old and it’s time to replace them, don’t forget - through November 30th, Camdenton Farm and Garden is doing Cash for Clunkers. Bring your old bird feeders in and we will give you 20% off on your new feeder!

Choose the Right Seed

If you are a true “birder”, there is no place that you will find, anywhere in the Ozarks, that carries a wider variety of wild/exotic bird food than at Camdenton Farm And Garden. We sell in bulk, up to 50 pound bags, or by the pound. Plus, for those who can’t handle the weight of large bags, we will be happy to split the bags for you. Just look at the variety of feeds that we carry!

  • Wild Finch Food
  • White Millet
  • Sunflower Whole Hearts
  • Sunflower Chips
  • Striped Sunflower Seeds
  • Safflower Seed
  • Red Millet
  • Peanuts Out of Shell
  • Peanuts In the Shell
  • Nyjer Seed (Thistle)
  • Jim’s Mix
  • Black Oil Sunflower Seed

Stake Your Claim

Finally, the last piece to getting ready for the birds is making sure they have a safe place to perch for their meal. Every bird has different preferences, but the majority appreciate a place that is out in the open and raised off the ground. This helps provide a safe place because cats and other predators can’t hide in the bushes or try to jump up at the feeder. Of course, wherever you choose to put your wild bird feeder, make sure you can see it from a window! Watching the birds is one of the joys of feeding them.

Caring For Your Feathered Friends

At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we want to supply you with everything you need to care for you feathered friends from start to finish. From quality bird feeders at the Lake of the Ozarks to beautiful bird feeders at the Lake of the Ozarks - you can’t go wrong! Don’t let the winter pass you by without taking a moment to care for our little feathered friends. It can bring you just as much joy as it brings them.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Greenhouse Gardening Through the Year

The time has come to say goodbye to your garden - or has it? While the winter season is generally a long break from your full-time gardening and a chance to pick up other hobbies or focus on window plants there are a few other options if you're desperate for more green in your life. Greenhouse gardening is great in the summer, but it can actually be a good way to enjoy growing plants in the winter as well. At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we love to help you find new ways to expand your gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks, so here are a few ways you can continue greenhouse gardening through the winter.

Winter Greenhouses

If you don't currently have a greenhouse and you'll be building one for your winter garden, you'll have to decide whether this is practical and economical for you. Building greenhouses can be challenging and/or expensive, but if you have weighed the benefits and want to continue on this adventure it can be a great option.

If you already have a greenhouse, you're halfway there! You just need to decide a few things, like how will you heat your greenhouse, how will you retain that heat, and what types of plants will you grow inside.

Capturing Heat in the Day

There are several ways to do this, and every gardener will have a different opinion based on their growing style as well as location. Some gardeners use water as their source of heat. You can put large black barrels of water in your greenhouse, and as the water heats up from the sun in the day, it will release the heat through the night. Other's use a pond with the same style as the barrels, to capture heat in the water and then release it later.

You can also look into solar power. This is an easy way to get the heat from the sun and utilize it for warmth in the cool winter evenings.

The shape of your greenhouse can also make a difference in it's ability to retain and capture heat. Some recommend the dome shape because it can catch the sun on all sides. You can also install a heating system to make up for the difference when your other heating options can't keep up.

Keeping Heat Through the Night

Insulation is a great way to keep the heat you've worked so hard to capture in your greenhouse. You can also use a frost skirt to keep the frost from seeping into your greenhouse. This insulation is buried around the perimeter of your greenhouse.

There are many different ways to help keep the heat you've captured inside your greenhouse to continue nurturing your plants. Have you tried something different? We would love to hear what works for you when greenhouse gardening in the Midwest!

Good Plants To Grow In a Winter Greenhouse

Vegetables:

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Parsley
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnips


Flowers
  • Amaryllis
  • Azalea
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Freesia
  • Hyacinth
  • Impatiens
  • Larkspur
  • Nasturtium
  • Pansy
  • Primrose
  • Snapdragon


Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you plan on gardening through the winter, or you'll be drooling over gardening catalogs through the winter until the next gardening season, we hope you have a toasty warm winter. At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we help many a green thumb create a garden that is worth bragging about. Come in and see us sometime! We love to talk about winter projects and next years growing season.

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Preparing Your Livestock for Winter Weather

As the temperatures start to drop, the cool air is a chilly reminder that winter is right around the corner. You've probably already winterized your garden spaces, and maybe even your home, but have you considered that your livestock needs extra care in the cold temperatures? At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we want to help you prepare for every season on your farm or in your garden, with helpful tips and good ideas. Here are a few things you can do now to help make winter easier on you and your outdoor animals.


Preparing Food

If your livestock have been grazing throughout the summer, their eating habits are going to change once the winter hits. Do you have enough property that you can make your own hay and feed it to them throughout the winter? Several farmers opt for this route because they can keep costs down instead of buying a lot of grain and hay through the winter months. If you don't have the option to grow hay, now is a great time to start shopping around, and looking for good prices and a good company to work with. Don't forget, Camdenton Farm & Garden has straw and hay at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Preparing Water

Water and food are two of the most important things you can provide for your livestock in any season. In the summer, you have to make sure that the water doesn't evaporate or get stale before your livestock have a chance to drink it, but in the winter, you have to make sure that it doesn't freeze over. Some beginning farmers think that eating snow or licking ice can be a good way to get water, but if you think about it, sheep need at least three gallons of water and cattle need around 14 gallons - a piece. That's a lot of snow and ice to lick, and would be virtually impossible to achieve. Not to mention, the cold water takes more energy to warm up internally. You may want to invest in a water heater to keep the water from freezing, and you'll want to check the water on a routine basis to make sure that it's still full and thawed out.

Preparing Shelter

When providing shelter, you need to provide what is necessary of the animals so they remain as healthy as possible. When you have large herds, it's not always practical to have a huge barn that they can stay in all of the time. In fact, it can actually cause adverse effects, especially if not cleaned properly. If fed the correct amount, you livestock can build up an adequate amount of body fat to protect them from the cold weather, and when you have herds, they will gather together to keep the heat locked in. You can help them by providing barriers from the wind though. Three sided shelters, trees, and hills are all good ways to help them find a place to escape the wind.

If you do plan on keeping your animals in a barn through the winter, make sure that you change the bedding out regularly. Ammonia from their waste can cause a quick spread of disease and affect the health of your livestock.

Farming at the Lake of the Ozarks

You may have noticed, one of the key things you can do for your livestock is provide them with appropriate feed. At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we want to support you and your livestock in whatever way possible, which is why we provide the hay, straw, and livestock grain at the Lake of the Ozarks that will get you through the winter. From clean bedding to plenty to eat, your animals should have a cozy winter.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Preparing Your Garden for Winter

As the temperatures start to drop, you may notice that your plants or garden are starting to dwindle. While this is a natural part of the seasons, it can be sad to see your garden start to say goodbye. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we make it a point to help you with all of your gardening needs, from the start of the season to the end. Today we're going to talk about things you can to winterize a Lake of the Ozarks garden, and get it set up for a great season next year!


Cleaning House ... Or Garden

As fall begins to set in, it's time to prepare your garden. Any plants that aren't affected by the frost outright begin to prepare for dormancy. You can clear out the blackened stems and foliage of the annual flowers and vegetables to prevent the possibility of their harboring disease pathogens and insect eggs over the winter.

There's More Happening Than You Think

It probably looks like nothing is happening in your cold, winterized garden - but that's not the case. In fact, new trees, shrubs, divisions of perennials, and hardy bulbs are all growing their roots, drawing on soil nutrients and moisture around them. While they may look dead, they are actually finding ways to thrive and in fact, are already preparing for the spring again!

Fall is a wonderful time to separate bulbs, so if you don't have that on your to-do list, we would highly recommend it. It's also a good time to plant new ones if you've been wanting to do that.

A Great Time To Make Repairs

You may not be designating your gardening time to harvesting vegetables, pruning plants, and carefully watering them, but you can make much-needed repairs! You can make a cold frame, dig and box in raised beds, and make other general repairs.

Cold Frame

This can  help you extend your growing season by a month or more on either end. In fact, in some climates, you can grow through winter with one! A cold frame is an ideal place to acclimate your tomato or pepper seedlings to the outdoors, and keep them producing a little longer in the fall.

Preparing Your Raised Beds

After you pull out all of the produce that's currently in it, you can start by mulching the beds. You may want to lay down a layer of newspaper before mulching these beds with shredded leaves. Leaves contribute many different types of nutrients to your bed, and they also hold many time their weight in water, as well as improving the soil texture. Of course, they also feed worms and other beneficial organisms. Your pretty, little, raised bed should now be tucked in happily for the winter!

Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

You can take the garden away from the gardener, but you can't take the gardener away from the garden! As you prepare your garden for the winter, it's never too late to start thinking of next year. Do you want to start an herb garden? How about adding new vegetables to your space? Or fragrant blooms for a butterfly garden? At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we can help you with all things gardening and farming at the Lake of the Ozarks. Come out and see us - we love to talk about gardens on cold, blustery afternoons!

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Planting Your Turf - Everything You Need to Know About Grass Seed

If there's one thing you've probably been waiting to to all summer, it's to plant new grass seed. While you can attempt to plant new grass seed in the summer, in many cases the extreme heat and high humidity can cause fungus to grow where your grass was supposed to be. In Missouri, the type of seed you use can vary the times when it's most important to plant, but fall can be a wonderful time to get it checked off your "to-do" list. Here are a few things you need to know about grass seed, as you start to plan what to do.


Selecting Your Seed

Grass seed is generally categorized by warm season and cool season grass. You'll want to plant the one that's the best for your area, and you can always rely on the staff at Camdenton Farm & Garden to help you choose the right grass seed at the Lake of the Ozarks. Cool season grasses do well in northern temperatures and can withstand very cold temperatures. Warm season grasses do much better in high heat situations, and while they do hibernate when it gets cold, they can't handle drastic temperatures drops. It's important to know which is the right seed for you.

Grass Seed Germination

Every grass seed has a different germination time, and unfortunately, they like to keep you in suspense! After you've completely planted your yard, you now have to wait weeks to see if anything will even make an appearance. Light, oxygen, warmth, and moisture are all key components in seeing germination in your grass seed.

Grass Seed Application

Did you know that grass seed is applied in a special way? It's actually applied via pounds per square foot. Fine grass seed will have to be applied for heavily, sometimes at five pounds of seed per square foot, while others can be applied at even a half pound per square foot. If you have any doubts about the application process, it's always best to get a second opinion, and we can help!

Grass Varieties

Every grass seed can have different varieties, and those differences can make a difference in how you care for them, plant them, and eventually treat them. It's important to know the differences and which one will work best for you. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have many types of grass seed to choose from, and can special order some in necessary. Here are a few of our popular types.

  • Annual Rye Grass
  • Perennial Rye
  • Red/White Clover
  • 5-Way Fescue Blend
  • Creeping Red Fescue
  • Kentucky 31 Fescue
  • Winter Wheat Seed
At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we specialize in helping you with all of your farming and gardening needs, from feeding your livestock, to seeding your lawn. If you don't know what you want or need, we have employees who can answer your questions and help you in making the best decisions for your home and yard! Stop by and see how we can assist you in all of your gardening needs.


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Providing quality lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks and surrounding counties for over 25 years! 

251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

All About Apples for Apple Day!

Happy apple day to all of our gardeners out there! One of the best things about fall is that the apples start to come in, which means you can start harvesting and baking with them. At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we love to assist you with your fruit tree questions, from the time they bud to the day you start harvesting. There are so many things to know, and we're going to try to cover a few great harvesting tips, and apple recipes!


Harvesting Apples

The apples are ripe, and it's time to start harvesting if you haven't already. When you start to pick them, you want to look for mature, y et hard apples with a mature skin color but a hard flesh. You want to gently remove the apples from the tree while keeping the stem intact. Sort through the apple harvest and remove any apples that may have insect erosion or sign of disease when preparing for storage.

You can also separate the apples by size and use the largest apples first because they don't store as well as the smaller ones. If you find apples with damage, they can be used immediately after cutting off the spoiled bit, either eaten fresh or cooked down.

Apple Storage

If you want to store your apples and keep them for a long period of time, you can! Sometimes you can even make them last for 3-4 months if not longer. They do need to be kept in a cool, dark place where they won't freeze. Freezing can cause the cells of an apple to rupture, which will make it bruise. Ironically, you can to be sure not to store your apples and potatoes near eachother because there is a harmless gas released by potatoes that will cause your apples to spoil faster. Wrap the apples in newspaper, and then store them in a cardboard box. It doesn't have to be airtight, just tight enough that there isn't air circulation.

Apple Recipes

Traditional Apple Pie
Photo Credit: The Gracious Wife

This recipe that won't disappoint. Classic sweet apple pie filling in a flaky pie crust topped with a glaze makes this pie unforgettable.
Author: The Gracious Wife
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6-8

INGREDIENTS
1 recipe for a 9 inch double crust pie (Try my Easy No-Fail Pie Crust Recipe)
½ cup butter
3 tablespoons flour
¼ cup water
½ cup white sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
6-8 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced

INSTRUCTIONS
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste.
Add water, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Place the bottom crust in your greased 9-inch pie pan. Fill with sliced apples. Cover with a lattice work crust. (You can also use a traditional one-piece crust top, BUT make sure you have large open slits cut for the next step to work properly)
Gently pour the butter and sugar mixture over the crust. Pour slowly to allow time for the mixture to drain below the top crust.
With a pastry brush, brush the sugar mixture that didn't drain into the pie evenly over the crust.
Bake in a 350° for about an hour, or until apple are soft and crust is golden. If you notice your crust is getting too brown, cover with foil and continue baking.

Slow-Cooker Apple Butter
Photo Credit: Betty Crocker

All you need are Gala apples, brown sugar, salt and a cinnamon stick to make our yummy slow-cooker apple butter. Great for gifting!

Recipe by Stephanie Wise

Ingredients5lb Gala apples
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cinnamon stick

Directions Peel, core and slice apples. In food processor, grate apples (in batches, if needed). Place in slow cooker. Stir in brown sugar, salt and cinnamon stick.
Cover; cook on High heat setting 4 hours.
Remove and reserve cinnamon stick. In food processor, puree apple mixture (in batches, if needed) until smooth. Return to slow cooker with cinnamon stick.
Cook uncovered on High heat setting 4 hours longer, stirring occasionally.
Remove and discard cinnamon stick. Cool completely. Transfer butter to jars; seal tightly. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

It's All About Apple Trees

At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we love to help you through every process of your fruit trees, from the time they bud in the spring to the day you pick fruit from the tree. Do you have questions through the process? Our experienced team would love to help you grow fruit trees at the Lake of the Ozarks! From gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks to getting all of your livestock feed at the Lake of the Ozarks we can help. May you have a wonderful apple harvesting season, filled to the brim with apples!

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Monday, October 10, 2016

How Gardening Helps Your Health

If you thought that gardening was just good for your food stock - think again! There are incredible benefits to gardening that go deeper than your hands in the soil. The act of gardening can help improve your physical, emotional, and mental health, and with just thirty minutes a day spent out in your garden, you can reap benefits that last way longer than your stock of salsa in the pantry. Today is World Mental Health Day, and we want to take a few minutes to show you how much gardening can improve your life - one green bean at a time.


Brain Health

There was a long-term study done where almost 3000 older adults were followed for sixteen years, tracking the incidence of all kinds of dementia and tracking their varying lifestyles. When they involved gardening in their daily lives, it reduced the incidence of dementia by 36%, and it was the single biggest risk reduction. Other studies have said the risk was reduced by 47%. Gardening makes a difference in your brain health because it includes strength, endurance, dexterity, learning, problem solving, and sensory awareness and these are all critical brain functions that are being improved.

Stress Relief

There have been studies done, where they took two groups of people and asked them to complete a stressful task. Then one group was asked to relax by reading a book, while the other group relaxed through gardening - you'll never guess which group reported better moods when completed! The gardening group, obviously. They also measured lower cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone that we experience, and high levels have been linked to immune function, obesity, memory and learning problems and even heart disease.

Heart Health

This brings us to heart health. If you need to achieve two and a half hours of moderate-intensity exercise each week, what better way to do it than by getting out in the fresh air and planting! There was a large Stockholm study that proved regular gardening can cut the chance fo stroke and heart attack risk by up to 30% for those over sixty. If you have joint problems, don't let that hold you back. Studies have shown that too much sitting is dangerous for your health. Get a raised garden to keep you from having to bend over or get on your hands and knees, and break up your sitting times with much-needed activity.

Immune Regulation

When you spend even thirty minutes of time in the sun, you are soaking up vitamin D. This can help you fight off colds and cases of flu. Plus, vitamin D has been shown to help limit your chances of dying from a heart disease. If that wasn't enough, you are also getting extremely helpful benefits from getting your hands in the dirt. There are mycobacterium vaccae in the soil, and these are "friendly" bacteria! You can absorb them through the skin under your fingernails, and even from inhaling them or ingesting them from your vegetables. They are known to alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis, allergies, and asthma, and in some cases, these can be caused by a low immune system.

Mental Health

Finally, in observance of World Mental Health Day, gardening can improve your mental health. You can get a "lift" from just being outside, sweating among the peppers and tomatoes. Horticultural therapy is actually a real thing, and it has proven results for patients with depression and other mental illnesses. There are also studies that show elevated body temperatures can be correlated with increased feelings of well-being, which is why many people use saunas and hot baths. Of course, don't forget to be safe while you're out by drinking plenty of water and coming inside when you need to.

Improve Your Mental Health Through Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

These are only a few reasons we love gardening, but they are pretty strong benefits for getting out there and getting dirty! Are you nervous because you've never gardened before? Don't worry! Our blog features great tips for getting started, and our friendly staff at Camdenton Farm and Garden would love to help you get your Lake of the Ozarks garden started. Stop by and let our team help you get the gardening supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks that you'll need.


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251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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