Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fall, Farming, and Fun Facts!

The fall season is a beautiful time, filled with many fun holidays, foods and more. On Lake of the Ozarks farms, they are even more fun because you can incorporate pumpkins, corn, cool weather bonfires and more. With Halloween just around the corner, we have a few fun facts to share with you about fall, pumpkins, corn mazes and more!



Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California are the top pumpkin producing states. In 2008, these states alone produced 1.1 billion pounds, or $141 million.

Most pumpkins are grown to be processed, while a small percentage are grown for decoration and sold at you-pick farms or farmer’s markets.

Corn mazes are created with the use of GPS or a simpler grid system to create geometric patterns and pictures.

One bushel of corn contains about 72,800 kernels and weighs 56 pounds.

Pumpkins are a source of potassium and vitamin A.

Those who live closest to the equator, which is the center of the planet, never experience the season of autumn.

The largest pumpkin on record was 1,140 pounds.
Pumpkins are 90 percent water and part of the Cucurbitaceae family. They are related to squash and gourds.

There are more than 3,500 different uses for corn and is in all sorts of products from peanut butter to batteries.

Red and purple leaves are actually caused by the presence of sugars from sap that is trapped inside of the leaves.

The largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed over 350 pounds. This record breaking pastry required 80 pounds of pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and baked for six hours.

Colonists originally carved out the inside of the pumpkin to be filled it with milk, spices, and honey and baked in the ashes of the fire.

The largest temporary corn maze ever created spanned 60 acres.

Besides pies, pumpkins can also be used in soups, cakes, and bread. The seeds can be roasted and salted for a quick snack.

Fall is a peak migration time for many species of birds.

People used to think pumpkins could remove freckles and cure snake bites.

The first corn maze was created in the early 1990s in the US.

Yellow, orange, and variations thereof always reside in the pigmentation of tree leaves, but they are just overpowered by the abundance of green from the chlorophyll in the leaves.


Fall Farming Needs at the Lake

If you are a farmer at the Lake of the Ozarks and you need special supplies to get you through the fall season - we would love to help you out! From livestock feed at the Lake of the Ozarks to landscape fertilizers at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can point provide you with the best. If we don't have it in stock - we can generally find it and order it special for you. Come out and visit our farm and garden center in Camdenton, MO to learn about some great ways to enjoy fall on your farm!

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Popular Pet Rabbit Breeds

These furry creatures bring so much joy, from the cute way they wiggle their noses to funny ways they get excited. Saturday, September 24th is International Rabbit day, so if you've been thinking about adding this furry creature to your family, this is a great time to do it! They can be a great way to teach your kids responsibility when caring for a pet and you just may enjoy them yourself. If you want to learn some fun facts about pet rabbits, you can check out our previous blog, Fun Facts About Pet Rabbits. The American Rabbit Breeders Association recognizes 29 unique breeds, and they are all cute as can be. Here are a few that are great to keep as pets and some of the reasons you'll love them.


First Things First

Before choosing a breed rabbit to keep as a pet, there are a few things to make note of first. You want to think about the size of the rabbit and the amount of care it requires. Large rabbits can be affectionate and laid back, but they require more room for exercise, bigger cages, and more food. If you're looking for a for a smaller rabbit, keep in mind that they don't always do as well with young children. Do you want a wool breed rabbit? They can require daily grooming that can be time-consuming.

Don't forget to also factor in the age of the rabbit. If you are a first-time rabbit owner, you may want to get an older rabbit between one and three years. They are easier to house train and less destructive. They can also potentially be spayed or neutered which is helpful.

Mini Lop
Mini Lop

This adorable breed is a great choice for a pet. It weighs between 4 1/2 and 6 1/2 pounds and has a massive, thick-set body with a short neck. The ears are lopped and the fur is thick and dense. there are many colors to choose from, and they are great for kids.

Polish

The Polish rabbit an adorable splotchy rabbit. It weighs between 2 and 3 1/2 pounds. It has a compact body and short upright ears.

Dutch

This fun, beautiful rabbit is great for kids! They are calm, easy going and small, reaching no more than 5 1/2 pounds. They're big eyes and sweet demeanor make them a must for your family.

Himalayan

Himalayan

These are popular children's pets and house rabbits. They are small, can be very calm, and have a good-natured and friendly attitude. They're intelligent, playful and social rabbits. They grow to weigh between 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 pounds.

Havana

They are known for their docile and friendly temperament, plus they have a fun playful attitude as well. They are quick to bond with their owners and can also be great for showing and breeding! You should expect them to reach 4 1/2 to 6 1/2 pounds when they are grown.

Standard Chinchilla

Docile, gentle, and very soft, silky fur are just a few reasons you'll love this rabbit. They are intelligent, curious and playful, and love company and attention. They're a cute, compact rabbit reaching between 5 and 7 pounds.

Harlequin

This breed is an excellent choice to hold and snuggle because of their docile temperment. They are also plaful and intelligent, and can respond to their own name! They are great pets for small children and they can be litter box trained.This is a medium sized rabbit and will reach between 7 and 9 1/2 pounds when it's grown.

Palomino

This is a hardy and strong breed. They are very docile and have a good attitude. They get along great with people and can be great with children! This is also a medium sized rabbit and can grow up to 10 1/2 pounds.

Rabbit Supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks

We are so excited for your furry little friend to make their way into your hearts and homes. Are you looking for the perfect pet rabbit food at the Lake of the Ozarks? We carry Pen Pals rabbit feed at the Lake of the Ozarks and if you are looking for a specialty feed, we can generally order those as well. We hope you enjoy your new little ball of happy fur and share photos of them with us on our Facebook page!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Preparing Your Bird Feeders for Winter

It's a beautiful day in the Ozarks with the sun shining and the birds chirping, but it won't be long until those same birds are scavenging for food. If you are one of the many individuals in the area that enjoy feeding the birds through the winter, there's no time like the present to start getting ready. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have a variety of feeders and food for your feathered friends, and we'd love to share some tips we've learned over the years.


Most Common Birds You'll See

Many birds will find their way through our state as they migrate, but there are only a few that will decide to stay through the winter. Here are a few you can expect to find at your feeder this winter:

  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • White-Breasted Nuthatch
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • American Goldfinch
  • Black-capped Chickadee / Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Song Sparrow
  • Mourning Dove
  • Blue Jay
Have you seen others hanging around your feeders in the years past? Feel free to comment on the blog or our Facebook post and let us know which birds you find fluttering around the feeders.

How Do I Clean My Feeders?

Many manufacturers have made this job easier as of late, allowing for disassembling of the feeder quickly, even allowing for dishwasher cleaning. Obviously, many feeders are too large or long for the dishwasher, but for the smaller feeders, this is an option. I don’t think I’d combine these with your fine china, but maybe throw in some sandals, crocks, and baseball caps you’ve been wanting to clean. We use a bucket and soapy water and long brush 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 then thrust the garden hose down one end to rinse and allow air drying in the sun before re-assembly.

Easy-To-Clean Bird Feeders at the Lake of the Ozarks

Probably 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 Food at the Lake of the Ozarks

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! Don’t forget, we also have the largest variety of quality bird feeders, too.
  • 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

Wild Birds at the Lake of the Ozarks

At Camdenton Farm & Garden, you can count on us to supply you with the tools you need to continue your fun and memorable hobbies. Not to mention - we're sure the birds LOVE it when you feed them! Brid watching and feeding is a great way to enjoy the winter months while you may not have your garden to enjoy your time on. For all of your farm and garden supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks, don't forget to stop by and visit!

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Basics of Raising Your Little Lamb

If you've always dreamt of starting a small sheep farm, whether for wool, milk, or meat - with a few basic tips, you can! These wooly creatures are a great asset to your farm, no matter how small or large. They are thought to have the IQ of cattle and are almost as clever as pigs - despite popular belief that they are no smart. They have excellent memories, and can recall 50 individual sheep or humans for years. If you're ready to have your own little lamb, who's fleece is white as snow, here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for this new aspect of farming.

Breeds

Worldwide, there are at least 1000 estimated sheep breeds, in the U.S. we have about 50 breeds. There are a variety of breeds, some are primarily for meat, milk, or wool, while others can be combinations of the three. Here are some popular breeds you can look into:
  • Hampshire
  • Polypay
  • Jacob
  • Suffolk
  • Katahdin


Feeding

Sheep require more protein than other livestock because of their wool production. Make sure that whatever you feed your wooly friends, they are getting the appropriate nutrition. They also will need plenty of vitamins, minerals, water, carbohydrates, and fat. If you aren't sure what to feed them, you can come out to Camdenton Farm & Garden and we'll help you find just what your sheep need.

Shelter

The shelter you need for your sheep is dependent on several factors like how large your flock will be, when you plan to lamb them, and the climate of your farm. If you plan to lamb in spring, you will likely not need a large barn to keep them in. If you plan to lamb in the winter, a barn is a must to keep them warm and dry. If you have a small that lambs in the spring you can get by with just a small shelter with enough room to hold the supplies and sick animals.

Health

Sheep can be suceptible to illness, so it's important that you take the necessary precautions. Keep their areas clean and free of bacteria. You should also plan ot rotate their pastures every few weeks. They can be prone to parasites that hatch from their fecal matter, so when you rotate their pastures, it gives those parasites a chance to die off and not infect your little lambs.

There will also be annual hoof trimming, shearing, vaccines, and deworming, so make sure that you will have adequate time to dedicate to these routines.

Farming at the Lake of the Ozarks

For all of your farming needs, you can count on Camdenton Farm & Garden to provide you with tools and knowlegde to help you succeed. From gardening, farming, or just caring for your pets, we love being outdoors caring for nature around us, and look forward to helping you with that as well. Are you ready to get your farm up and running? From small to large and everything inbetween, let Camdenton Farm and Garden be your one stop shop for livestock supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

The Best Animals For a First-Time Farmer

If you've always dreamt of having your own farm, we're sure you've probably imagined the animals that you would want to have on your farm. Of course, as with every new endeavour, there will be a learning curve involved. Whether you have a lot of acreage or you're just starting out with a backyard and a passion, Camdenton Farm & Garden would like to help you get started. Here are a few of the best animals to get when you're just starting out, and how we can help!


Pekin Ducks

Ducks are a wonderful way to start your little farm, specifically because they aren't just good for eggs, but also for meat. They also are wonderful little farm hands in your garden, because unlike chickens, they don't scratch through your plants, but do eat up the bugs. If you provide them with a small building for shelter and a kiddie pool, you will find that they are a great addition to your farm. The only thing to remember is that they are a larger, slower animal. They are prey to hawks and dogs, but with proper fencing and housing, they should be fine.

Rabbits

Whether you're looking for a farm animal or a pet, rabbits can be great as either. They can be a great meat resource because gestation takes about a month, you will get about six in a litter, and they can be culled in as little as eight weeks. This makes them a fast meat resource as well. You can buy food for them, or you can also give them fodder, extra veggies from a garden, grass clippings, or hay. They will need a hutch to keep them protected, but you can build or buy something for as little or as much as you would like to spend.

Chickens

One of the most popular barnyard animals is the chicken. They are appreciated for their eggs, meat, and fertilizer for the garden. Chickens will require about four square feet of space per hen in their hutch and they need plenty of clean bedding. Chickens will eat just about anything, from compost to store-bought feed. You will have to keep an eye on them, though. When one chicken gets sick, the rest generally follow suit because of small quarters and weak respiratory systems.

Goats

When you want to have a farm animal that produces milk and meat, a goat can be a great choice, especially for smaller farms. Goats will produce half to one gallon of milk per day, so if you don't need a lot, this can be a better option than getting a cow. They also only weigh about 75 pounds, so when you only have a small area, they are perfect. Goats are great for clearing through brush as well, so you can let the forage, just be sure to provide them shelter from rain and weather. Goats have been considered escape artists, but if they are happy and content they generally will stay in one place.

Pigs

While pigs are normally considered smelly animals, if you have the acreage available, you can let them roam free. Not only will this help with the smell, but it can also help cut the costs of food because they will be finding it for themselves. When a pig does have piglets, they can have around eleven at a time, but it will take about a year before there is enough meat on them to butcher. Keep in mind that they are larger animals, so aside from needing a lot of food if they aren't foraging, they also can break through fences when they want something they can't have.

Farming at the Lake of the Ozarks

There are many animals that aren't listed here, but these are just a couple that will make a good beginner to intermediate farm animals for you and your family. Like with every learning curve, you will be learning a lot very quickly, and sometimes "on the job." Thankfully, our team of experienced farmers would love to share their insight. Do you need livestock feed at the Lake of the Ozarks? If we don't carry it, we can generally find it, so be sure to let us know how we can help. From large animals to small, we look forward to helping you grow your new farm.

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