Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CHICK DAYS at Camdenton Farm & Garden!

Calling all farmers, wanna-be farmers, and people who love fluffy fowl, it's time for our Chick Days event at Camdenton Farm & Garden! We are pairing up with Ole Chicken Plantation in Osceola, Missouri to bring you many varieties of poultry, quail, and ducks - all farm raised. Not only can we help you choose a breed that will suit your needs best, but we can help you get set up with all of the supplies you'll need to take care of them. Here are a few of the breeds we'll have for you to bring home from Chick Days at the Lake of the Ozarks!



Event Details

All of the fun will be at Camdenton Farm & Garden on 251 South Business Hwy 5, Camdenton, MO 65020 on May 7th to view the many breeds of poultry, quail, and ducks that we'll have available. Be sure to stop by between 8 AM and 12 PM. If you already know what you want, you can also pre-order your birds and have them ready for pick up!

Ducks

Crested Ducks
The crested duck is a great, dual-purpose breed. They lay an admirable quantity of eggs and grow rapidly if you want to butcher some. These ducks will stand out from the crowd because of their unique crest on their head.

Pekin Ducks
These waterfowl originated in China during the ancient times. White Pekins were brought to the Western World in the middle 1800's. They have fine meat quality and egg laying abilities, which makes them one of the first choices for American duck growers. They can be the easiest domestic ducks to pick and prepare for eating as well.

Blue Swedish Duck
These ducks are extremely attractive because of their blue color and white bib. They are hardy ducks and good foragers. They lay mostly white eggs, with an occasional blue or gray tinted egg.

Welsh Harlequin Duck
These are a fairly new breed, developed in Wales. They are becoming extremely popular because the have multipurpose characteristics. They have excellent egg production abilities, but also retain the instinct to sit and hatch a nest full of ducklings.  They are also outstanding dressed birds.

Rouen Duck
This variety is similar to the wild mallard. They are docile birds and are valued for their meat. They tend to be poor layers, but they are fine roasting ducks. They have a slow maturation rate, but they are very suitable for the home or small farm.

Fawn & White Runner Ducks
These ducks were developed in Scotland and while they are smaller ducks, they are good foragers, lay white eggs, and are a very interesting addition to any farmstead. 

Quail

Coturnix Quail
These quails are Japanese and are produced mainly for their eggs and meat. This small round bird is streaked in color and has long wings. 



Chickens

Buff Orpington
The Orpington chicken is a big, friendly, and dual-purpose bird. Many small farms and homesteaders like to keep this chicken because they're cold-hardy and are wonderful mothers.

Barred Rock
This breed is very friendly and does well in colder weather. They have a high egg production, a meaty body, a docile personality and good hardiness.

Light Brahma
Brahma's originated from China in the mid 19th century but are now a very stately breed in the United States. They are a good dual purpose breed, though they may only lay 3-4 eggs a week they are are known for good winter production.

Ameraucana
This most striking feature about these birds is their black or slate colors lets and the fact that they lay blue tinted eggs. They have beards and muffs, and should attract a lot of attention to your flock.

Cuckoo Marans
Cuckoo Marans are a rare breed and have black and white banded feathers similar in appearance to a barred rock.



Brown Leghorns
The leghorn breed is  very athletic, they mature early, and are hardy. They are non-sitters and lay very nice large to extra large eggs. In many cases they lay up to 280-320 eggs per year.

Rhode Island Reds
The Rhode Island Red chicken is one of the most popular breeds for brown egg laying production. They are a popular chicken choice for backyard chicken flocks because of their egg laying abilities and hardiness.

Welsummer
This Dutch breed bird is named after the village of Welsum in Holland. They are well known for their large brown eggs, and some will be speckled. This large, upright, active bird has a broad back, full breast, large full tail and a single comb.

Gold Laced Wyandotte
This is a beautiful and productive bird for the home flock! They have dependable egg laying skills, they're easygoing and have a cold hardiness. They also have a beautiful coloring as well.

Cornish Cross
These birds are voracious foragers, tough as nails, and develop quickly. They also have deep muscling, fast growth, and are reliable egg layers.

Best Place to Get Chickens at the Lake of the Ozarks

From the chickens to the chicken supplies, we will have everything you need on May 7th. We carry the Pen Pals brand of feed, and have found that the Egg Maker and Scratch Grain are both excellent choices for your farm. Come out and visit us on May 7th for all of your chicken supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Camdenton Farm & Garden

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

www.CamdentonFarmAndGarden.com



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Friday, April 22, 2016

What You Need To Know About Composting

Composting is a wonderful way to not only re-use your waste but also fertilize your garden as well. If you aren't familiar with composting, it doesn't require a lot of knowledge or even time, but it can involve some consistency on your part. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we can help you get started in this fun new aspect of your gardening. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you garden at the Lake of the Ozarks.


The Purpose

Composting is a natural way to generate fertilizer in your garden. The first reason you may appreciate composting is because it can help you save money! There will be no need to buy chemical fertilizers. Plus, compost helps retain soil moisture, so you don't have to water your garden as often, which can help let up on your water bill. The nutrients from composting also aren't washed away by rainfall, which means you have less waste. You are also saving your resources since you are keeping less waste out of the landfill. If all of that wasn't enough, composting can help improve your soil! It returns valuable nutrients to the soil, which helps maintain soil quality and fertility. Compost is also a mild, slow release, natural fertilizer that won't burn plants like chemical fertilizers.

The Practice

Composting is a relatively easy process, and with a little bit of guidance, you can quickly figure out what you're supposed to do. You're going to start with carbon-rich "brown" materials. These will include fall leaves, straw, dead flowers from your garden and even shredded newspaper. Next, you'll add Nitrogen-rich "green" materials. Think of grass clippings, plant-based kitchen waste (only vegetable and fruit items, no meat scraps), or even barnyard animal  manure. While manure is technically brown, it is high in nitrogen like the "green" stuff. Just be sure that the manure is from vegetarian animals, and not carnivores like cats or dogs.
  1. Layer your items in the following order:
  2. Several inches of thick, coarse, dry "brown" stuff
  3. Top with several inches of "green" stuff
  4. Add a layer of garden soil
  5. Top it with another layer of "brown" stuff.
  6. Moisten the three layers
Keep layering until you have a pile that is three feet high, in a 3-foot by 3-foot container.

The Product

Every couple of weeks you'll want to use a garden fork or shovel to turn the pile, moving the stuff from the center to the outside. You'll want to keep the pile moist, but not soggy. After a period of time, you may notice that the pile has steam rising from it when you turn it, this is a sign that it is heating up from the materials decomposing. After a few weeks, you may even see earthworms in the pile, and when the center turns into a black, crumbly, dark earth you now have your finished product. You can spread this on your garden, and start your next pile with anything that hadn't fully decomposed in the previous one.


Gardening Supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks

Gardening is a wonderful way to get outside and enjoy nature, and also, provide produce for your family and friends. Composting is a wonderful way to use the resources you have to fertilize your garden with something natural and organic. If you don't have straw for your "brown" material, Camdenton Farm and Garden can provide you with straw at the Lake of the Ozarks. Come visit us today and see the rewarding benefits of Lake of the Ozarks gardening.

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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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Friday, April 15, 2016

Ways to Celebrate National Garden Month!

April is a wonderful month so for many reasons. The beautiful blooms that start popping up all over the place, the budding trees, and it's National Garden Month! As the weather starts warming up, it's easy to remember the feeling of dirt running through your fingers and the smell of fresh cut grass. At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we understand the love of the outdoors and want to provide all of the tools necessary to get you out there even more! Here are a few ways you can celebrate this month the right way.

Start a Plant Swap

This can be a fun way to get some new plants, and cut down on some that may be getting too large. If you don't know of one locally, you can even host your own! Start with your local friends who love to garden and watch it grow!

Start Composting

Instead of throwing waste into a trash can, you can put it into a container to create a compost. Find a spot in your yard and dump the compost regularly. While it will take several weeks for it  to decompose, it can be a valuable supplement in your garden.

Groom Your Garden & Lawn

If your garden needs a little TLC you can take the month to get it spruced up and ready for summer! We can help you find the best lawn fertilizer at the Lake of the Ozarks to give your lawn the extra boost it needs. If you need a few cute decorations to make your garden space a little extra special, we have those too!

Plant a Tree on Arbor Day

This year, Arbor Day will be on April 29th. From fruit trees to maples that change color in the fall, use this time of the month to plant a tree and leave your mark somewhere. You can visit the National Arbor Day Foundation's website to learn more about the program and what you can do to enjoy it.

Grow A Container Garden

Even if you live in a small apartment with only a balcony to your name, you can still celebrate gardening this month! Container gardens are a fun way to enjoy gardening without needing lots of property or a huge harvest. You can start with something small and easy like herbs, or go straight for the good stuff like tomatoes and peppers. If you don't know where to begin, come visit Camdenton Farm & Garden. We have heirloom seeds at the Lake of the Ozarks, and would love to show you how to make a successful garden.

Find a Community Garden

If you don't have room for a garden of your own, or you're just looking for a way to give back to your community, look for a community garden! You can meet other people who care about gardening as much as you do, as well as make an impact on your local area. Many churches or schools would be able to point you in the right direction if you don't know where to find one.

Visit Camdenton Farm & Garden!

We can't tell you how much fun it is to come and browse all of the neat and exciting products we have! When you want to give your garden or lawn that extra touch of what it needs, visiting your local Lake of the Ozarks garden store is a must! We can help you find the right soil, seeds, supplies and more. Come visit us today to see how easy gardening can be, and stock up on all of your favorite tools and products.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Prepare Your Pet for Spring

As spring weather hits your pet will be excited to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine! There are a few things that you'll want to keep in mind as fido starts to adjust to the warm weather, though. At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we care about all of your living creatures, big and small. We stock pet supplies, food and more, so when your furry friend is in need of something, we either stock it or can try to find it. Here are a few things to remember as you get your pets out for a day in the sunshine.


Don't Forget About Heartworm Prevention

Heartworms can be a huge danger to the health of your pet. It is spread through mosquito bites, and they can harm the health of any animal infected. As mosquito season starts back up, you will need to be proactive about the care of your furry friend. While some people may choose to take their pets off of it during the winter months, once the mosquitos come back it's important to keep the heartworm medication up to date, and you can speak with your veterinarian to learn more about it.

Keep on with Flea & Tick Prevention

While the pests may become dormant in the winter, they are already becoming quite prevalent. It's important to keep them treated will all of the current medications that will help with this. If you have any questions about flea & tick medications, you can ask our team, or speak with your veterinarian. There are many natural repellents that you can try as well, just be sure to check the ingredients, and test it on a small area of your pet to see how they react.


Be Aware of Seasonal Allergies

While everything is blooming, you'll want to pay attention to allergies. The grass, trees, and flowers can all prove to be just as irritating to your pet as they can be for you. If you notice excessive scratching, first you'll want to eliminate the possibility of fleas, and then you can take them to the vet to learn more. There are different prescriptions that can be given to help treat these symptoms.

Increase Exercise

It's time to get out and exercise. This will help everyone work off their winter weight, especially your four-legged friend. Don't increase the exercise too quickly, make sure it's a pace that everyone can enjoy. Too much too quick can cause injuries in your pet. Do you need any leashes for your pets? We have a selection of pet supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks and would be happy to help you find the right fit!

Make Sure You're Feeding Them the Correct Food

the food you feed your pet can make a huge impact on their health. If you have an older dog, you'll want a blend that will comply with some of the challenges they may face through aging. If you have a younger dog, you'll want a special blend that will provide them with the nutrients they need to grow strong. Visit our store for many choices of Lake of the Ozarks pet food, and if you don't see what you want, let us know, we may be able to find it.


Farming Supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks

From large farms to small, we have just what you need to successfully support your growing group. Aside from dog food, we also supply large amounts of stock feed at the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as Lake of the Ozarks bird feed. If you have any questions about how to care for your livestock, pets, or feathered friends, stop in and we'd love to help you find the answer!

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

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