Friday, January 29, 2016

The Difference Between Hybrid and Heirloom Seeds

Sometimes it can feel like there are so many terms being thrown around when it comes to seeds. Hybrid, GMO, heirloom, how do you know which seeds will be the best for gardening, and produce the best crop? At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we have years of gardening experience, along with a large selection of seeds for you to choose from, and we'd love to answer all of your questions. Here are a few differences to keep in mind when shopping for your 2016 Lake of the Ozarks garden.

Heirloom Seeds & Vegetables

An heirloom seed is one that has been passed down from generation to generation. It has not been pollinated with other varieties and has stayed true to its flavor and characteristics for at least 50 years. Heirloom vegetables are known for producing a "mixed bag" harvest, and the size or appearance may vary from one piece of produce to the next, even from the same plant. Many gardeners say that heirloom varieties boast better flavor than you'll find in hybrids. With heirloom seeds, you can collect the seeds and replant them again in the next year. Hybrid seeds aren't capable of reproducing year after year. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we carry Bakers Creek Heirloom seeds at the Lake of the Ozarks, which are a favorite among the gardening community.


Hybrid Seeds

A hybrid vegetable is created when plant breeders intentionally cross-pollinate two different varieties of a plant. Cross-pollination is a natural process that occurs within members of the same plant species, and to create a hybrid two plants are placed next to each other, allowing them to cross-pollinate. In hybridization, pollination is carefully controlled to ensure that the right plants are crossed to achieve the best characteristics. Sometimes the goal is to achieve a larger size or better disease resistance. If you're looking for produce that is dependable, requires less care, matures early, yields better, has improved flavor, and is disease resistance, hybrid seeds may be the right choice for you.

Which is the Best?

If you are trying to decide which produce to grow, you can always start by growing both and finding out for yourself! If you do this, you can get a reliable, flavorful harvest that offers a lot of variety and the best of both worlds.



Best Gardening Supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks

At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we have a large supply of tools and gardening gear so that you have everything you need to get ready for the 2016 gardening season. We have many varieties of seeds, and you can lean on our team for any questions you may have about gardening. Come visit us today and we'll help you get started!

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

How to Take Care of Your Bird Feeders

Feeding birds can be an incredible joy during the winter months. You can learn not only the different species that you have in your area but also their habits and personalities. Once you've learned which feed to use, and found the perfect spot for your feeder, your job is practically finished. Of course, you can't forget to clean your bird feeder. Here are a few tips to help you clean it, and also how often you should do so.

How Often Should I Clean My Feeders?


We would recommend cleaning them in the fall and in the spring, and more often as the situation calls for. We have also found that by placing a baffle at the top of the feeder, it is somewhat protected from moisture and will keep the seed drier. We also find that using a drying agent, such as Feeder Fresh, can help prevent build-up.

How Do I Clean My Feeders?


Many manufacturers have made this job easier, allowing for disassembling of the feeder quickly, even allowing for dishwasher cleaning. While many feeders are too large or long for the dishwasher, this can be a great option for the smaller feeders. We use a bucket and soapy water and long brush that is specially 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 push the garden hose down one end to rinse and allow air drying in the sun before re-assembly.

Some Easy-To-Clean Feeder Suggestions


Our favorite tubular feeder to clean is the spiral nyjer tube feeder from Songbird Essentials. Any seed left in the bottom can be moved to the top by filling from the bottom of the feeder. Aspects carries the “Quick Clean” line of bird feeders that allow for easy access for all of their tubular bird feeders. Whatever your personal preference, remember to keep those feeders clean for the overall health of your wild birds.



Bird Feeding at the Lake of the Ozarks


Cleaning your bird feeder isn't a hard task, and it's worth it to experience the benefits of watching the birds. If you're new to feeding birds at the Lake of the Ozarks, come visit us and we'll help you get all of the supplies you'll need to get started. Bird feeders are also a wonderful gift to get many of the people in your life. We have several beautiful styles, and many different bird feeds to choose from. Come visit Camdenton Farm and Garden today and start enjoying the birds even more.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Raising Chickens in an Urban Environment

Many people have "flown the coop" when it comes to eating chicken and eggs that aren't raised free range or organic. While raising your own chickens could be considered "trendy" or "hip" in some communities, it can also be practical and economical. Whether you want your chickens for their eggs, or for meat, it is possible to raise your own chickens in your backyard even in the middle of town. Here are a few tips to remember as you embark on this new journey.



Get the Right Tools

There is more to owning chickens than what may appear. You'll need a sturdy chicken coop, which you can buy or build. The coop itself will need to be predator-proof, and you'll want to create an area where the chickens can roam around. Keep in mind that having a chicken coop in your backyard could create a strong odor, but with the correct tools and maintenance, you can reduce this. You'll have to start stocking up on supplies like Lake of the Ozarks straw bales, and feed, both of which you can find at Camdenton Farm and Garden.

Learn the Rules

Every area has its own set of requirements when it comes to having chickens. Some Home Owner's Associations won't allow any chickens at all while some will only allow hens and no roosters. Of course, if you live outside of city limits, you can raise them however you would like. You can contact your city to learn what is allowed, or you can try a quick Google search. As much as you may want a small farm in your backyard, it's important to stay within the law.

Connect with Others

When you are learning to raise your chickens, you will probably have many questions. Maybe even on a day-to-day basis. If one of your chicks is sick, you'll have to learn what the problem is, and also keep it from spreading to the rest of the flock. Or you may have concerns about their laying schedule, or why they've stopped laying altogether. When you have questions, bring them to Camdenton Farm and Garden! Our store manager has chickens of her own, and we can help you choose the right feed and tools to make your new hobby successful.

While it may be challenging, at first, to get everything set up, you may find that raising chickens can be very rewarding. You'll have fresh eggs to eat, and you'll know exactly where they came from. Gathering eggs can be a fun activity for children, and a great way to teach them new skills. You may even find that coming home after a long day's work, sitting back and watching your little brood peck around is one of the most relaxing things you can do. Visit Camdenton Farm and Garden today for all of your chicken feed at the Lake of the Ozarks and many of the other tools you'll need. 

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

4 Benefits That Come From A Water Softener

Hard water at the Lake of the Ozarks can cause problems with your water heater, dishwasher and more. If your water contains high levels of calcium and magnesium it is called hard water. Having a water softener installed in your home can play a huge role in removing these minerals. If you want to improve not on the quality of your water, but the lifespan of your appliances, here are a few ways that a water softener can benefit your household.


Your Water Heater Lasts Longer

Hard water can create a buildup of scale inside your pipes and water heater. More energy will be used to heat your water because of the build up, which can result in increased energy expenses. By protecting your home with a water softener system, you  can prolong the lifespan of your pipes and water heater.

Your Dishes Come Out Cleaner

The same minerals that build up in your pipes and appliances can also build up on your dishes. A water softening system can help make your dishes and silverware cleaner and shinier. It can also improve the look of your glassware, mirrors, tiles, cars or any plumbing fixtures.

Soap Will Wash Off Easier

The minerals in hard water react adversely to soap, causing you to have to use more in order to get the same results. The salt in the water softener will also help produce softer skin, and clean smooth hair. You may also notice that your clothes and bedding will be softer after being washed in softened water.


Preserve Your Water-Using Appliances

Softened water won't just protect your clothing, water heater and dishes, it will also protect all of your appliances that use water. Your washing machine is at a great risk for hard water build up when your water isn't softened. You may also notice that your coffee pot, shower head, steam iron or any other water-using appliances.

Water Softener Salt at the Lake of the Ozarks

Many stores carry 40-pound bags of water softener salt, while, at Camdenton Farm & Garden, we carry 50-pound bags and we are willing to split the bags for you. If you need large quantities of salt for your home or business, give us a call and we can give you pallet pricing and delivery rates. When you buy your water softener salt from us, we'll even load your vehicle too!

Providing Great Products for Your Home, Farm, and Garden

Water softeners are a huge benefit to your home, and you should notice results immediately. Camdenton Farm and Garden is not only a great place to get your water softening salt but any of the other farming and gardening tools you may need. From many different varieties of livestock feed to the supplies you'll need to keep your farm up and running, we are your one-stop-shop for everything you need.

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