Friday, June 30, 2017

Gardening Tasks for the Month of July

Summer is in full swing at the Lake of the Ozarks, but if you think that your gardening tasks are over - think again! Your garden spaces need you now more than ever if they are going to get through the hot summer months alive. Not to mention, there are some other obscure tasks that you'll need to perform that you may not have considered. Don't worry, your farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help! Here are a few gardening tasks you'll want to perform this month to keep everything up and running.


Spring Blooms Overcrowded?

The season of your iris' is over, and if you want to have a great season for them next year, you'll need to do a few things to give them a head start. If they are becoming overcrowded, now is a great time to divide and conquer! Be sure to also trim the decayed or corky ends to a fan shape on your iris'.

Harvest Time

Do you have bush fruits? These would include raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, elderberries, or gooseberries (to name a few). These berries, if they are still producing, will need to be harvested on a daily basis at this point of the year. Do you have more than you know what to do with? There are several options for ways to use them. You can freeze them and use them in the future. You can also donate them to different shelters and organizations that need fresh fruit.

Cut Back the Mums

If you have hardy mums and stonecrop sedum varieties need to be trimmed or cut back to half their height at this point in the summer. If not, you may find early blooming happening. Cutting them back also helps with making the plant fuller later in the year.

Stick To Your Lawn Schedule

Do you remember the holiday feeding schedule for your lawn that we've discussed? This is a great time to put down a weed and feed product. It can help treat the broad-leafed weeds that start to pop up in your lawn during this time of year. Do you need lawn and garden products at the Lake of the Ozarks? Camdenton Farm and Garden has everything you need, from fertilizers to weed killers.

Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor

Finally, now is a great time to kick back and ENJOY the space you've created. Grab an ice cold beverage, sit on your porch or patio, and revel in all of the hard work you've created. You've definitely earned a break with a cold drink after the hot temps we've been having!


Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you need supplies or advice, the team at Camdenton Farm and Garden is here to help you grow your dream garden! From small herb gardens to acres and acres of fruit trees vegetable gardens and more - we can help! Come out to visit our garden store in Camdenton, MO to learn more! We look forward to serving you.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Best Livestock for a Hobby Farm

Even if you only have an acre, you can still make your dreams of farming come true! Hobby farms are picking up in popularity around the country, and now is a great time to start yours. From poultry to livestock, there are many smaller animals that are perfect for your little farm. At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we have all of the supplies you'll need to succeed in your farming at the Lake of the Ozarks! Here are a few smaller animals you can keep on your farm.


Quail

Quail are a very easy, small bird to keep in your backyard. They don't take up a lot of space (about a square foot per bird) if you get a smaller variety like the Coturnix quail. Quail are kept for eggs and for meat. You'll find that they can be very good little egg producers, not to mention that quail meat can be incredible. You'll find that quail need very little in terms of care and maintenance, they just need to be given plenty of protein.

Chickens

There's nothing quite as satisfying as heading out in the morning to collect the eggs and say good morning to the hens. There are two purposes for chickens, either they will be for eggs or for meat. Keep in mind that meat chickens generally require some space and a lot of food, not to mention that they can be a bit dirty. If you keep chickens for eggs, you'll have to have a plan for when they quit laying, as they only lay really well for around 3 years. Fresh eggs can be a highlight, and chickens need about four square foot to be content, so you'll need to keep space in mind as you plan your coop.

Rabbits

Rabbits are a very economical and easy way start farming, not to mention quiet. Most likely, your neighbors won't even know you have them! While some will use rabbits for their fur, most likely you'll want to keep them for meat. Just keep in mind that you'll want to keep a 3x2 cage for them, if not more. If you aren't sure what size would work better, it's always best to get something larger.


Ducks

If you're looking for some fun foul to keep around, ducks can be a great asset to your small farm. They are not prolific layers, compared to quail and chickens, but the flavor is great. You'll want to make sure that you have a place for them to roost, and you'll want to clip their wings as they are definitely fliers. Ducks take up more space than chickens, and they also must be kept in pairs. Duck meat is also a delicacy, so whether you keep them for meat or eggs, they can be a wonderful addition.

Goats

Are you looking for something that provides milk without getting something as large as a dairy cow? Goats can be a great option for a small farm, but they also require quite a bit of commitment as well. you will want to have at least 16 square feet per goat, and since goats are social you'll want to start with at least two. Goats are kept around for their milk and meat and can be fairly easy once you get the space set up for them. Keep in mind though, that goats are loud talkers so you won't want to have them if you live in close proximity to your neighbors.


Start Your Dream

If a hobby farm is something you've always dreamt of, now is the time to start! Let the team at Camdenton Farm & Garden help you discover which animals would work well on your property, and how to care for them properly. Come out and visit our farm store at the Lake of the Ozarks to speak with our team and get started today!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

5 Father's Day Gift Ideas for the Gardener In Your Life

Father's Day is right around the corner, and there are only a few days left to get a gift for the man in your life. You may be cutting it down to the wire, but there is still time to grab the best gift for your dad. If your Father loves to spend time outside, get his hands dirty, and grow beautiful plants and food from seeds, there are a few things you can keep in mind when shopping for the best gift for dad and how your local garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks can help!


Mowers & Trimmers

Is dad riding around on an old mower, or worse, pushing a rickety old mower around the yard? This may be a great time to help him upgrade his mowing process. From getting a more eco-friendly mower to something that can run smoothly across his lawn, dad is going to love his new tool! You can also look for new trimmers and edgers to help him keep the lawn details in check.

Tool Sheds

Does dad need a place to keep all of his lawn and garden tools? Maybe the garage is starting to get a little full with all of his mowers, trimmers, shovels, pots, and more.  Get him a tool shed to keep it all contained and organized! Plus, your mom may appreciate being able to park her car in the garage again! *wink*

Hand Tools

It can take a lot of hard work, and even basic tools to make your dad's yard and garden look beautiful.  Get many different shovels, rakes and hand tools for your dad, and you can present them in a pail or bucket that can be used as well. We have some basic tools at your local farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks, be sure to swing in and take a look!

Gloves

Gloves are a very valuable tool for every gardener, and often need to be replaced every year. Gloves are used to protect hands from sticks, stones, brambles, and thorns, and your dad is going to love getting a new pair. Check out some good materials like leather or canvas. This will be a great tool for dad to keep on hand and use for his whole gardening season.

Blowers

Do you want to make your dad's life even easier when it comes to gardening? Get dad a leaf blower! This tool will make cleaning the yard even easier because he can blow sticks, leaves, and debris into a pile and make it easier to clean. Want to make it EVEN easier? Try a reverse leaf blower! This will vacuum up the leaves and sticks into a bag.


Happy Father's Day From Camdenton Farm & Garden

We hope you have a fantastic weekend with your dad! Fire up the grill, fix him a delicious meal, and enjoy some time in the great outdoors. Don't forget that we provide propane tank fill ups if your grill tank is getting low! You don't want to run out of propane in the middle of your feast. If you're still looking for gifts, don't forget to stop by and check out our gardening selection!

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Repelling Backyard Bugs With Plants

Summer is upon us, and with that comes backyard bugs. From mosquitoes to ticks, there are many different types of bugs that like to come out and ruin our summer fun. Luckily for you, your local garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks is here to help! There are actually many different types of herbs and plants that will REPEL these bugs and keep them at bay. Here are a few of these plants, and how you can use them to keep your backyard bug free!


Citronella

Keeps Away: Mosquitoes and other bugs

Citronella drives bugs nuts. They don’t like the scent, and keep away. This is probably pretty obvious, since citronella candles are sold to keep bugs away, but you can also keep the plant around as well! This plant loves a little afternoon shade and rich, moist soil. Keep it near your doorway to keep bugs outside.

Lavender

Keeps Away: Moths, fleas, flies mosquitoes

The scent of lavender isn’t just used to help you relax and sleep, it can also be used to keep bugs away. Keep this plant happy by providing a pot with rich soil and give it lots of sun. Plus, it makes a beautiful addition to your porch, patio, or other landscaped area.

Marigold

Keeps Away: Mosquitoes and aphids

This charming little flower actually omits a smell that repels mosquitoes and aphids! The plant contains pyrethrum, which is a compound that you will find in many insect repellents. Plant them near entrances or windows to keep those bugs at bay!

Pennyroyal

Keeps Away: Ticks and mosquitoes

If you keep pennyroyal around, you may actually find your dog rolling through it! Pennyroyal leaves and stems deter the worst summer insects like mosquitoes and ticks.

Garlic

Keeps Away: Borers, small beetles, aphids, mosquitoes

This pungent herb repels mosquitoes and pesky bugs. You can also plant garlic around your fruit trees to help keep borers and small beetles at bay, as well as keep it around your roses to repel aphids.

Peppermint

Keeps Away: Spiders, mosquitoes, ants

While many herb growers will keep peppermint in their garden for the lovely, fresh scent, or to make tea from it’s leaves. It’s also extremely useful for bug repellent, though! Mint naturally repels insects, and you can rub the leaves on your skin for added protection.

Lemongrass

Keeps Away: Mosquitoes

Insects detest this plant’s lemony aroma. You can plant lemongrass in pots around you porch and home’s entrances to keep the mosquitoes from crashing your party.

Catnip

Keeps Away: Mosquitoes

Your cat may love catnip, but you’ll love it, too! This herb is from the mint family and will grow in almost any soil in full sun. Catnip can grow 3’-5’ so don’t plant it where you have limited space.


Basil 

Keeps Away: Mosquitoes houseflies

Crush a handful of basil leaves and put them in your pocket or rub them on your skin to repel mosquitoes. Added bonus: you can use this plant in several recipes!

Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you are a hobby gardener with small pots on the porch or a passionate gardener with acres of vegetables and flowers, we want to support you in all of your gardening endeavors. From tools to plants, and other gardening supplies, Camdenton Farm and Garden is here for you. Be sure to come out to our farm and garden store and see for yourself!

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

7 Things You'll Wish You Knew About Gardening

We're not going to lie ... gardening is one of the best things we've ever done. It's a great way to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and work in the sunshine. It also requires some hard work, responsibility, and some foresight. At Camdenton Farm & Garden, we would love to see everyone try their hand at gardening. Whether it's a small porch garden or a HUGE garden with every single type of vegetable. No matter what types of gardener you are, from herbs to flowers, and fruits to vegetables, we believe that you will enjoy it as much as we have. Here are seven things you'll wish you knew about gardening!


1. It's Addicting

Once you've received a seed catalog in the dead of winter, you'll understand! There are always new seeds, varieties, techniques, and gardening styles. Just as soon as you think you've learned it all, something new happens and you learn some more! Gardening isn't just a hobby, it's an addicting way of life. Once you've seen one rose, you haven't seen them all - and then you need to grow them all!

2. It Makes You Happy

Gardening doesn't make you happy the same way a good deal on a new outfit makes you happy - it brings true fulfillment. You are tending to your plants like their life depends on it, and sometimes it does. When you can get outside, enjoy the fresh air, get some vitamin D from the sun, and get your hands in the dirt, it's a good day. You can feel refreshed, relaxed, and maybe even get to eat some of your hard work.

3. It's Exercise

You may not have considered gardening exercise, but it is! You are either constantly bending over pulling weeds (stretching), carrying big bags of dirt (weight lifting), or digging vigorously through the dirt (cardio). Who knew that your favorite hobby could also be a great way to burn some calories?! *wink*


4. It Cultivates Dedication

It cultivates a lot more than just dedication, but having a garden does bring out the responsible side of you. There is a bit of routine and many required tasks that must be completed in order for your garden to survive. You need to start your seedlings out early enough in the year, but not get them out in the ground too early that they freeze. You have to make sure that they have plenty of water on a daily basis, but also that they don't get over watered. You have to weed your little plants to make sure that they aren't getting choked out, and you have to haul in the produce when your plants bear fruit. Gardening takes a lot of effort, but it's worth every second of it.

5. It's Hard Work ...

We've kind of already touched on this ... but gardening is filled with hard work. Even if you have a flower garden and won't be hauling in heavy tomatoes and cucumbers, you still have to weed your garden, make sure it's watered, haul heavy bags of soil, and make sure that they have enough fertilizer. You have to prune your bushes when they get out of control and know what to do if they get eaten by pests. It can be back-breaking and exhausting work, but ...

6. ... But the Harvest is Worth It

Bringing in the harvest makes every blistered hand and sore knee worth it. When you can show off those prize-winning pumpkins, or fill your home with fresh cut flowers, or even season your food with fresh herbs, you will know that every second was absolutely worth it.

7. It's Fun

Gardening is just a good, old-fashioned good time. You can teach your kids and grandkids about responsibility, share a meal with friends that you grew yourself, and enjoy the fruit of your labor. Planning your garden, picking out your plants, nurturing them even through the hottest summer is all a fun challenge that makes you wish it was always spring and summer.


Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

What do YOU love about gardening? We would love to hear more about your plants, bushes, and trees. If you're a beginning gardener and you don't know where to start, we would love to invite you to come to our farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our very own Plant Doctor, Michael Ledbetter would love to help you figure out just what's wrong with your cilantro, or help you decide which bush would look best in your yard - it's his specialty! Happy gardening!

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