Wednesday, December 28, 2016

We've Got You Covered - Literally!

Ground cover is an extremely important way to protect your gardens, beds, and even new grass seed. Aside from being practical, certain materials are meant to also look beautiful, which is why we stock the best gravel, straw, soil, and mulch at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are a few ways we can help make your landscaping chores easier this coming season.


Mulch

Mulch can not only make your garden look better, but it can also have added benefits as well.


  • Mulch can help keep weeds from growing - and this isn't just for appearance. Weeds can steal nutrients from your plants
  • It can also hold in moisture, which can keep your plants from drying out too quickly.
  • Mulch can help moderate the ground temperature, which is especially helpful during cold snaps. 
  • During hot summers, mulch helps keep plant roots cooler


Rocks

Rocks have become a great way to landscape areas of your lawn where you don't want to care for grass. This is especially helpful around the Lake area since we have such varied landscapes and nothing is completely flat. At Camdenton Farm & Garden, all bulk materials are sold by the 1/2 cubic yard, year-round. We load while you wait! Plus, we deliver up to 4 cubic yards per load. Contact us for delivery rates. We have three colors available, black granite, river rock, and pea gravel.

Topsoil

Topsoil is dark in color and high in organic matter, which makes it very easy to till and fertilize the ground for growing plants. If you've ever taken a shovel out to your garden bed, you'll find that Missouri soil is NOT typically very easy to till - mostly because you'll find hard layers of rock right underneath. Our soil is pH balanced, the best there is for vegetable and flower beds, and especially as topsoil for your lawn. Topsoil is sold in 1/2 cubic foot loads, year round. Please call ahead during periods of heavy precipitation. Plus, we deliver. We can deliver up to 4 cubic yards per load. Contact us for delivery rates, based on distance.


Straw

Finally, straw is a great way to cover your ground. While it's great for bedding for your animals, it's also a great way to establish your turf lawn. You can also use it to help with composting when you need some good soil for your garden.

Bulk Products at Camdenton Farm and Garden

Now is the time to start preparing for your summer garden at the Lake of the Ozarks. We can help you find the best products to help you reap the best harvest. For everything you need from seedling to harvest - come out to the best garden supply store 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

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Dreaming of Gardening in the Heart of Winter

Does the cold, icy ground bring your mind back to spring and summer? Are you already dreaming of your 2017 garden? At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we always have gardening on the brain, so we're going to help you curb your garden fever with some ways you can start preparing! It's never too early to think about your summer growing plans.

Starting Mapping Your Garden

It's time to cozy up to the fireplace and start dreaming about your garden space. What all do you want to put in it? Do you want to focus on vegetables like corn, tomatoes, and peppers? Maybe you want to create a garden filled with salad ingredients like spinach, lettuce, and broccoli! What about an herb garden where you can just step outside and snip off fresh basil and cilantro? There are so many delicious things you can plant and now is the perfect time to think about it.

At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we are the proud distributer of Baker's Creek Heirloom Seeds at the Lake of the Ozarks, so when you want to grow quality ingredients, while also buying locally, we can help!

Sign Up For Catalogs and Newsletters

Make the dismal winter seem a little more hopeful by signing up for all of the gardening catalogs you've been ogling. Start learning tips and tricks to make your gardening season easier and more productive. In fact, while you're signing up, don't forget to sign up for our e-newsletter.

Winter Sowing

This is a great way to keep the gardening mood fresh, and also eliminate the mad dash in spring to get everything taken care of. You can start seeds in container (even milk jugs) and then transplant them when it's time.


Grow Indoors

Just because it's winter, doesn't mean you can't start enjoying the benefits of gardening. Start some herbs or even sprouts in small containers indoors and enjoy the fresh grown delicacies all winter long.

Gather Your Supplies

Now is a great time to not only gather your supplies, but also start to repair and maintain the ones you have. Starter pots, heat pads, even seeds are all great ways to get started as long as you have the space to store them.

Start Composting

This is a great way to prepare for your garden, especially if you still have leaves in your yard that need to be recycled. With a little effort now you can reap the benefits of having excellent soil in the spring. If you want to learn more about composting for your garden, check out our blog post called What You Need to Know About Composting.

Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you're a hobby-gardener or you are an expert with acres of crops - Camdenton Farm and Garden has all of the supplies you'll need to keep your garden in tip-top condition. You can never start too early when it comes to planning out your garden, and really, the earlier you start, the better you season could be. Come visit our store to learn more about our products and gardening supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks, or even just to chat with our employees about gardening! We'd love to see you.

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251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Getting the Chickens Cooped Up For Winter

While every season is important to the life of your chicken, winter can be very delicate to their health. Because of this, there are a few things you'll want to do to make sure that they have everything the need to keep clucking away! At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have many supplies you'll need to keep your birds in tip-top condition, as well as the know-how to keep them healthy. Here are a few easy steps you can take to make your birds comfortable.


Winterize the Coop

Exposure to the winter elements is one of the dangers of the season. By providing a safe place for them to endure the winter in, you've given them an extra boost for success. Check for drafts and damages as well as make sure that it's clean.

Clean Up

One of the most important parts of winterizing is making sure that the coop is clean. A dirty coop can harbor dirt and diseases, making it harder for your birds to stay healthy. Start by taking EVERYTHING out. Perches, dishes, removable nests - basically anything that isn't already nailed down, and give it a good scrubbing. You can use a commercial cleaner or a mixture of vinegar and water.

Secure the Fortress

Before putting everything back in the coop, you'll want to inspect it thoroughly. Check for areas of weakness where rodents and the wind could get through. While you want there to be plenty of fresh air coming in to keep the humidity from rising (which creates a breeding ground for parasites) you also don't want drafts that could chill your birds.

You can check all of the doors and windows and make sure they close properly, as well as the roof to make sure that it doesn't have any leaks. If you have electric in your coop, check the wiring and make sure none of it is frayed.

Bedding

While you may not need to put all fresh bedding in the coop, you do want to make sure it's clean and ready for the winter. Did you know that the presence of manure and decomposing bedding can actually create heat in the coop? If you do decide to clean it out, replacing it with straw is an economical way to clean up. Come out to Camdenton Farm and Garden for straw at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Heaters

While chickens can be hardy little creatures and survive well in colder temperatures, there are some that are not as tolerant. By hanging a 100W bulb in the corner of your coop you are giving them ample warmth, but also allowing them the freedom to move to the other side if it gets too warm.

Proper Nutrition

Just as you tend to stay healthier when you eat healthier - so do your birds. A birds caloric intake generally raises by 10% or more in cold weather, so you'll need to plan for extra feed. By feeding them a few extras you can also help keep their egg production up. Corn is an excellent choice, and some farmers even feed their birds some warm oatmeal to help them bulk up a bit. We have a great selection of chicken feed at the Lake of the Ozarks and would love to help you choose the right type.

Water

Just as water is important in the summer, it's important in the winter. Of course, in the summer you have to make sure it doesn't evaporate - but in the winter you have to make sure it doesn't freeze. If you don't want to get up at the crack of dawn to make sure your birds have water you can invest in some water warmers. Not only will you appreciate not having to check the water, your birds will love the warm water, too!

Farming at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you have a small hobby farm or a large farm with hundreds of acres, Camdenton Farm and Garden is here to help. We have a shop stocked full of supplies, from feed to tools, and we would love to support you as you support your livestock. Come visito our shop this season and let us help you get your farm winter ready!

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251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Eco-Friendly Farming

With many individuals becoming concerned about the environment, homesteading and self-sustainable living has become more popular. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we see many farmers from many backgrounds, and want to help all of you achieve your goals. If you're looking to start making your farm a more eco-friendly place, here are a few things you can do to leave a better mark on your community.



Crop Rotation

When you utilize crop rotation, you are giving the ground the rest that it needs before growing again. There are some crops that leave behind fungi (like potatoes) and if you try to replant them again in the same place, it will damage your crop. Crop rotation helps to maintain the health and nutrition of your soil.

Collecting Rainwater

There are many ways to collect water runoff from your farm. This water can then be used to water your animals and your crops. You'll want to make sure that it has been properly filtered though, as many runoff systems get water from the roof of your home or barn, and you don't know what chemicals were used to treat the surface.

Utilize Grazing

When farming at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can start creating good grazing habits by rotating your livestock between several different fields. This is like crop rotation, but for your livestock. The benefits only start with helping to lower your feed bill, promoting healthy grass and even helping to reduce the number of parasites on your land. Not to mention, it's a very cost effective way of having your lawn mowed if you have goats, cattle, sheep or geese.

Composting

Composting is a great way to recycle household waste. You can compost many of the scraps that come from your kitchen, and combined with other matter like leaves and grass clippings, create a product that is great for your garden. Many small scale farms are utilizing this, but larger farms can as well. Horse manure, greenhouse waste, and other materials can be used to improve the crop yields on many farms and are still eco friendly.

Modernize Your Equipment

Finally, if you want to help improve eco-friendly farming at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can modernize your farming equipment. Updating your barns and pens with modern utilities and storage options can help minimize the carbon footprint you leave on the earth.

Farm and Garden at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether your farm is small, or you are complete with a partridge in a pear tree, you can make an impact on the earth through your farming practises. Don't think you have to readjust everything at once, either. You can take baby steps that are all just as important for the place we live. Do you need suggestions on your farming technique? Or maybe you need a high quality livestock feed at the Lake of the Ozarks to get you through the winter. Camdenton Farm and Garden would be honored to assist. Stop in and talk with any of our associates, and we would love to partner with you.

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