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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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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Monday, October 3, 2016

World Farm Animals Day!

For being such amazing creatures who do so much, they sure don't get enough credit! Farm animals are used all over the world, and not just for commercial use, but also for residential, individual use as well. This holiday was created in memory of Ghandi to help raise support for some farm animals that aren't treated well. At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we know that in many cases your farm animals are like your family, so that's why we make it a point to provide the best livestock feed at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are some fun facts about different farm animals, and how we can help you care for them!


Horses

Horses are incredible creatures who are beloved by many for the soft natures. Whether they're kept on the farm to work or to ride around the trails, many farms have horses. Check out these fun facts about our equine friends:
  • Horses have the largest eye of any land mammal!
  • A horses' teeth take up a larger amount of space in their head than their brain.
  • Horses an sleep both lying down and standing up.
  • Horses can see better than humans at night, but it does take longer for their eyes to adjust to the transition between dark to light and light to dark.

Cattle

Cows can have many different purposes on a farm. Sometime this large 1000 pound creature is kept for milking, other times it's kept for it's meat. We love all of the diverse rolls they play out on a farm! Check out these fun facts about cows:
  • Some dairy cows produce up to nine gallons of milk per day.
  • Cows are red-green colorblind. In a bullfight, its the waving of the cape that attracts the bull not the red color.
  • A dairy cow can produce 125 lbs. of saliva a day
  • The average cow will eat about 100 lbs. of feed per day

Poultry

The term poultry is a broad term, especially on a farm. It can include chickens, turkeys, geese, guinaes, and ducks. They are kept not only for their meat, but also for their ability to lay eggs. When you think of farm animals these feathered friends are definitely one of the first to come to mind.

  • With 25 billion chickens in the world, there are more of them than any other bird species.
  • Geese can live for up to 20 years if they are well cared for.
  • Ducks and geese are some of the only domesticated poultry that imprint on humans. They will bond with the person who feeds them as a chick, and remain dedicated to that person as their surrogate “parent” throughout their lives.
  • A rooster announces to a flock of chickens that he’s found food with a “took, took, took.” But the hens don’t pay attention if they already know that there is food around.

Pig

You may think that pigs are only used for their meant, but in many places they have other jobs as well. In France they are used to hunt for truffle mushrooms - a hard to find delicacy! Other places use them like a garbage service, and they wander the streets scavenging food, keeping the area clean.
  • Pigs have a tremendous sense of smell. The large round disk of cartilage at the tip of the snout is connected to muscle that gives it extra flexibility and strength for rooting in the ground.
  • Winston Churchill famously said that “Dogs look up to man. Cats look down to man. Pigs look us straight in the eye and see an equal.”
  • The pig is the last of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The pig is seen to represent, fortune, honesty, happiness and virility.
  • Pigs are extremely social animals. They form close bonds with other individuals and love close contact and lying down together.

Goat

Like cows, goats are used not only for their meat, but for their milk as well. There are farms specifically for goat farming, and it can be a very profitable enterprise. Here are a few fun facts about these giddy goats!
  • Baby goats (kids) are standing and taking their first steps within minutes of being born.
  • Goats are herd animals and will become depressed if kept without any goat companions. So, it is unhealthy for a goat if a family just owns one as a pet.
  • Goats are very intelligent and curious animals. Their inquisitive nature is exemplified in their constant desire to explore and investigate anything unfamiliar which they come across.
  • Goats have excellent coordination. They have great balance and are thus able to survive in precarious areas such as steep mountains. They can even climb trees and some species can jump over 5 feet high.

Rabbit

Have you always wanted one of these furry little creatures as a pet? Or maybe you're planning on starting a rabbit farm for meat or their fur? There are many reasons farms may keep rabbits, aside from the fact that they are so cute. Here are some other interesting things to know about them:

  • Rabbits have an excellent sense of smell, hearing and vision. They have nearly 360° panoramic vision, allowing them to detect predators from all directions. They can see everything behind them and only have a small blind-spot in front of their nose.
  • When rabbits ‘binky’, this is an expression of joy. They will run, jump into the air, twist their body and flick their feet.
  • Although typically very quiet, rabbits do communicate vocally, with varying types of vocalisations communicating different messages, e.g. low humming when running around an individual is a signal of affection.
  • Rabbits are affectionate social animals that enjoy the company of other rabbits. They will perform allogrooming where two individuals will simultaneously groom each other.

Game Birds

Quails, phesant, turkey, and grouses are all considered game birds. They are raised to then be used for hunting and their meat. They are generally ground dwellers, but will fly when needing to get away fro predators, but only for short distances.
  • These birds don’t generally build nests in trees. Instead, they lay their eggs in grassy nests on the ground.
  • Some game birds are roosting birds. They fly into low trees at night to sleep.
  • Game birds eat seeds, fruit, grain and insects. 
  • Game birds usually have short lives, living between one and 6 years.

Providing What You Need For Your Lake of the Ozarks Farm

From helping you care for your livestock to growing a garden, Camdenton Farm and Garden is here to help you. We provide you with the necessary tools and supplies that you need to care for your farm animals, and the property that you continue to work and look after. Come visit us if you have any questions about farming and gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks and don't forget to celebrate World Farm Animals Day!

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