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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251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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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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251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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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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251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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