Friday, May 26, 2017

Becoming a Shepherd

Raising sheep can be a fun and profitable hobby. Whether you are raising them for 4-H, a hobby, meat, or wool - it can be gratifying and entertaining. If you're thinking about starting a farm with sheep, here are a few things to keep in mind as you make choices about the breed, farm style and more.


Why Raise Sheep?

Sheep have been a vital part of farms for thousands of years. They are raised for meat, milk, and wool. Sheep can be better than larger animals because they are relatively small and easy to handle compared to cows and pigs. They also don't need a perfect pasture and will eat brush, grasses, and weeds that grow in less than perfect soil. The sheep manure can also fertilize the soil! Did you know that an acre can support a small flock of three to four ewes and their lambs?

Which Breed?

First things first, you need to decide what the purpose of the sheep are. Are you raising them for a specific need, like meat or wool? Or maybe you're going for something a little more unique and using them for milk. Sheep aren't as common for milk because the don't produce as much as cows and goats, but they are still used for that all the same. You should also keep the climate in mind when choosing a breed. While there are hundreds of breeds of sheep, these are the more popular choices based on their purpose:

Good for Meat and Wool:

Corriedale
Dorest
PolyPay
Tunis
Columbia

Meat:

Hampshire
Katahdin
Romney
Suffolk


How to Buy Sheep

When you buy your sheep, you need to buy them directly from the person who raised them. Look at the flock that the sheep comes from, and talk with the farmer about the sheep's history. You'll want to look at their physical condition. Their eyes should be clear and bright, their teeth should not be worn or missing. The lower jaw shouldn't be undershot or overshot. They head and neck should be inspected for lumps or swelling. Look at their hooves and make sure that they are trimmed properly. You're also looking for a sheep that has a wide back and deep body. You don't want them to be too thin or too fat. Potbellies could indicate a worm infestation.

Care & Feeding

As you care and feed your sheep, keep in mind that they LOVE grain, peanuts, and apples. You can lure them in with their favorite treats, coaxing them to follow you. Be careful to make sure that the sheep don't think that you are chasing them. They have one defense against a predator or danger, to bunch together and run. So the first step is to learn how to get the sheep to come to you.

Sheep are ruminants, this means that they eat plants like fresh grass and hay. Their main feed is pasture grasses, salt, a vitamin and mineral supplement, and fresh water. While the pasture grass is growing, they can feed themselves. If there is drought or you're in the middle of winter, you'll want to supplement their diet.

Fencing & Shelter

the best type of fence for your sheep is a smooth-wire electric or woven wire fencing. You can also use electric net fencing for temporary paddocks. You can rotate your sheep into different paddocks to keep them on fresh pasture. Sheep don't need much protection, they would much rather have a simple, south-facing, three sided shed to protect them from rain, cold, snow, and wind. If you use a light, portable shed, you can move it around to the paddock that they are residing in at the moment.


Farming at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you have a large farm to a small hobby farm - Camdenton Farm and Garden is here for you. We carry any number of supplies from feed to tools so that you'll have everything you need to be successful. Come visit our farm and garden store in Camdenton, MO, to get all of your farming supplies!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Celebrate Strawberry Month

From a large garden to a small one, we love to help you grow it to it's fullest potential here at Camdenton Farm and Garden. May is Strawberry Month, and we couldn't be more excited about these tasty little berries that will start ripening up soon and be ready to eat. From pies to salads, they are a favorite in many different dishes and event just fresh on their own! Here are a few fun things to know about strawberries and how we can help you grow them.


About The Strawberry Varieties

June-Bearing Strawberries

If you're looking for a strawberry that is the best for preserving, you'll love the June-bearing strawberry. They produce their crop over three weeks from late spring to early summer. Their earliness, high quality, and concentrated fruit set makes them ideal for preservation.

Ever-Bearing Strawberries

If you want to do a container garden or raised bed, and you have time to water and feed them, this variety is a great one. They are also called day-neutral strawberries and will produce a heavy set of berries in early summer followed by several more lighter flushes in late summer and fall. Keep in mind that they need to have cool night temperatures in order to get a good harvest.

Alpine Strawberries

If you have raised beds or roomy planters, you'll find that these dime sized berries are easier to pick. These berries are smaller, dimed-sized berries, and intensely flavored. They may be red, yellow, or white, depending on the variety, and many do not produce runners but do rebloom and set fruit throughout the summer.

Musk Strawberries

Musk Strawberries produce small fruits with a fantastic aroma. They also have a complex flavor, and the berries tend to be precious and few. You can improve the fruit production by adding male plants every few years. The plants are unusually tall and vigorous that form a dense ground cover that can choke out weeds.


Give Your Strawberries the RIGHT Start

From using the right fertilizer to caring for your plants properly, you'll want to make sure and care for them using only the best. May is a great time to think about your strawberry plants because this is when they are getting their start. From strawberry beds to full gardens, our farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help you. You can visit our website to learn more about the products that we carry from mulch to garden fertilizer at the Lake of the Ozarks. Be sure to come visit us to learn more!



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Monday, May 8, 2017

Gardening Tasks for May

It seems like just yesterday that we were shoveling snow or bracing for cold winter winds, but spring has sprung and maybe even brought summer along with her! Every month, it's important to look at your most important tasks for the next four weeks and make a gardening game plan. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we help you do this through ideas, techniques, and new products. Another month, means it's time for another set of gardening tasks, and we couldn't be more excited - this is when it gets fun!


Water. Water. Water

Someone turned the heat up this weekend and we've seen some really high temperatures that aren't going away for another few days. Make sure that your new trees and shrubs have plenty of water, and don't be afraid to give them a good dousing. You'll also want to keep an eye on your seedbeds and make sure that they are kept moist. Don't drown them, but a nice mist every so often should do the trick.

Stake tomato plants. 

Are your tomato plants starting to look amazing? It's time to secure them so they don't fall over with the weight of your tomatoes. Don't know what types to get? Come out to Camdenton Farm and Garden. We have years of gardening experience and would love to share how you can grow a Lake of the Ozarks garden.

Care for Your Trees

When you see “candling” of evergreens, such as pines and spruces, we highly recommend applying Fertilome Insecticidal Drench for all of the evergreens that we sell, especially white pines, given their propensity to attract borers. Apply it around the trunk of the tree to prevent boring insects. The insecticide is drawn up into the tree, killing insects that feed off of the tree.

Fertilize Your Lawn

We recommend that you apply fertilizer on a routine basis, and it's almost time to re-apply it again. Re-apply Fertilome Crabgrass Preventer With Fertilizer or Hi-Yield Weed & Feed, if broadleaf weeds are problems, from Camdenton Farm & Garden, around Memorial Day. 

Guard Your Fruit Trees & Roses

Continue to apply Natural Guard Copper Soap to fruit trees and roses every 2-4 weeks depending on ambient humidity and temperature to prevent fungal diseases. If you need this product, we sell it in our farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Enjoy Your Yard!

Finally, it's time to enjoy the end of the day with a cold beverage while walking your yard! You've worked so hard to create a space that is beautiful, functional, and free of pests and fungus. Enjoy it! these beautiful spring evenings are just begging for you to kick back and relax. If you need advice on how to care for your Lake of the Ozarks garden, please stop by and see us! We have years of knowledge when it comes to gardening in the Midwest, and we would love to pass it along.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Grilling Safety Tips for BBQ Month

Spring is here and summer is quickly approaching - with that, people will bet getting outside, firing up their grills and enjoying BBQ of all types. May is BBQ month, and we hope that you get many opportunities to get out and grill some amazing meals for your family. In the process, though, we also want you to stay safe while working at the grill. Here are eight safety tips to remember while grilling, and how Camdenton Farm and Garden can help with the best propane tank refills at the Lake of the Ozarks.




1. Keep Your Distance

When you are trying to pick the perfect spot for your grill, make sure that you find a place that is at least 10 feet away from your home. If you can get it farther, that's even better. Don't forget that this also includes things that are attached to your porch like carports, garages, and porches. Your grill also shouldn't be located underneath overhangs because if the fire flares up, it can catch the structure above.

2. Clean Your Grill

The more fat and grease you allow to build up on your grill, the more fuel you are providing for a fire. Grease can be a major source of flare ups, so make sure that you are cleaning your grill properly.

3. Keep the Lid Open

When you turn on the gas, you want to keep the lid of your grill open. If you keep the lid closed, gas can build up inside your grill and when you light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face.


4. Check for Leaks

Do you know how to check for gas leaks on your grill? You can make a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water, and then rub it on the hoses and connections. Turn on the gas, with the grill lid open, and if the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that you have tiny holes in the line or that the connections aren't tight enough.

5. Keep a Spray Bottle Handy

Fill a spray bottle with water so that if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with water and instantly calm it.

6. Don't Overload Your Grill

You don't want to put too much food on your grill, especially if it is really fatty meats. If too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up.


7. Never Leave the Grill Unattended

Did you know that a fire can double in size every minute? Plan ahead and focus all of your attention on the grill when you light it up. Get your food prep out of the way before hand so you can stay by the grill.

8. Store Your Fire Exstinguisher Close By

Not only do you want your fire extinguisher to be within a few steps away, but you want to know how to use it. You don't want to waste precious time reading the instructions when there is a fire billowing. If you don't know how to use a fire exstinguisher, call 911. Many dangerous fire incidents have happened when people don't call for help.

Planning Your Summer Barbecues

Did you know that at Camdenton Farm and Garden, we can fill your small propane tanks up? This can be a much more effective option than having to go and trade in propane tanks because not only do you get to use everything in your tank (if you trade it in, you just have to guess when it's getting low, but it could still have half a tank!), but you can ask questions, and get advice from our team.  At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we provide everything you need to have a great time outdoors, from furniture and plants, to propane and outdoor decor. Come out and visit our farm and garden store in Camdenton, MO. We'd love to meet you!

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