Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Got a Beetle Problem?

Anyone with plants can probably relate to the Japanese beetle issue that we're facing right now. While the mating season is pretty well over, that doesn't mean your problems are finished. They've wreaked havoc on your garden, left your poor plant leaves looking like skeletons, and have left an even bigger issue under the surface - larvae. Don't be dismayed, though. There are plenty of ways you can protect your plants and plan for the future as you wage war on the Japanese Beetle in your garden, and Camdenton Farm & Garden is here to help!


Know Your Enemy

Japanese beetles are definitely not from this area. In fact, they aren't native to the Midwest at all. As the name implies, they came from Japan, and the stories date them back to the early 1900's. There was a law passed in 1912 that made it illegal to transport plants rooted in soil. Unfortunately, the law wasn't implemented fast enough and the Japanese beetle made its grand entrance.

Entomologists (bug experts) have concluded that the beetles arrived the US as grubs in soil on the Japanese iris roots. They were first spotted in 1916 in a nursery near Riverton, New Jersey. By 1920, eradication programs were dropped. The beetle proved to be too prolific a breeder, and it's not choosy in what it eats. These beetles will actually devour over 200 species of plants.

While they aren't picky eaters, they do have preferences. Unfortunately, some of those include roses, grapes, raspberries, and beans.

What Does a Japanese Beetle Look Like?

These little beetles can be pretty easy to spot because of their bronzey green wings. The adult life cycle of a Japanese beetle is only 40 days, but they can really take over quickly. Not to mention, they lay their eggs in June - so if you want to get rid of them, you have to have a long term plan in place. The grubs are white with brown heads and will remain under the soil for about 10 months. They hibernate and grow while underground so that when they emerge they are ready to take over. They emerge as grown beetles and start their feeding regime in June. They are devastating because they feed in groups.

How Can I Maintain Beetle Control

It can be hard to get a handle on the beetle population. Mostly because even if you get rid of yours, your neighbors might come over for a visit. Even if you think you've removed them, they may have already laid their eggs in your soil, which can start the process over again next year.

The most practical way to remove them, unfortunately, is to pick them off individually from your plants. You can make a solution of water and soap in a jar, and drop them into that to drown them. You can also lay tarps over the ground, knock them off the plants, and then dump the tarps into a liquid solution.

Pesticides will help aid in your end goal - but you need to know exactly what type to use for your location, and make sure that whatever you use won't hurt any local bee populations. Are you looking for a Japanese Beetle spray at the Lake of the Ozarks? Come out to our garden store in Camdenton, MO, and we'll help you find what's best.

Do you want to stop the grubs? There are a few ways you can stop the grub population, but how do you know if you have them? Grubs will damage the grass when overwintering in the soil because they are eating the roots of your lawn and garden plants. If you start

In the grub stage of late spring and fall (the beetles have two life cycles per season), you can spray your lawn with 2 tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap diluted in one gallon of water per 1,000 square feet. The grubs will come to the surface and the birds will have a feast! You can spray once each week until no more grubs surface.


Your Lake of the Ozarks Garden

At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we know how important your space is. Whether you grow flowers to enjoy, vegetables and fruit to eat, or a combination of both - we want to see your area prosper. Still, need more advice about the beetles in your landscape? Come out to our shop. We have an experienced staff who would love to give you advice and show you how to care for your landscape.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Caring For Your New Kitty

Summer is an excellent time to expose your kids to new experiences, start new habits, and teach them how to care for something (including themselves *chuckle*). Are you thinking about getting a new kitty for your kids this summer? It's a great season to do it, but there are always a few things to consider and do before getting a new pet. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help keep your kitty happy and healthy.


Double Check Their Age

In the first ten weeks, kittens have very specific developmental needs in regards to nourishment, warmth, socialization, and excretion. Because of this, many breeders and shelters will not adopt their kittens out before this time. If you do happen to find yourself caring for a young kitten that was orphaned, you should consult your vet to learn what to do.

Get a Good Vet

There are many great veterinarians in the Lake area, so feel free to come check with us to see who we recommend. It's important to make taking you new kitty to the vet one of the first things you do. Not only can you test your kitty for birth defects, parasites, and other diseases, but you can also ask all of the important questions about caring for your kitty and get the right answers.

Find Quality Food

Do you want to know the BEST place to get cat food at the Lake of the Ozarks? At Camdenton Farm and Garden! Did you know that we have an incredible selection of pet food at the Lake of the Ozarks? If you don't happen to find what you're looking for in our selection, we can even order some special brands for you.


Start a Feeding Schedule

Your new little kitty is going to have quite the appetite, so you'll want to plan out the feeding schedule and routine. This can help you make sure that your new pet is both fed enough and not too much. At 3-6 months of age, many veterinarians suggest feeding your kitten three times a day. Once they've reached six months, they suggest twice a day. Don't forget to keep their water bowls filled, too!

Start Socializing

It's important to make sure that after your pet has been cleared of disease it's time to start letting the kitty explore their surroundings and get used to their roommates.You'll want to play with your kitty at least once a day to help him form a strong emotional bond with you and your children. Be sure to monitor their interaction though, to make sure everyone has a positive experience.


Caring for Your Kitty

At Camdenton Farm and Garden, no one loves cats as much as we do! In fact, if you stop by our store, you'll find a few felines wandering around the shop throughout the day. From kitty food to other pet supplies, we're your one stop garden shop at the Lake of the Ozarks. Come see us this week and get ready for your new family member!


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Friday, July 14, 2017

Tips for Growing a Cutting Garden

We’re in the heart of summer, and by now your garden is probably full of blooms. One of the most beautiful parts of a garden is bringing those blooms in and arranging them around your home to get a fresh summer-like feel. If you’ve always wanted to grow flowers for your home, but never knew where to start, here are a few great varieties to get you through the growing season, and how many you’ll need to plant to keep them going.


Tips for Growing a Cutting Garden

The beauty of your garden can make it difficult to cut them and bring them inside. That is what a cutting garden is for. You can find an out of the way, sunny spot of your yard or even the back of your vegetable garden to grow flowers that are just for cutting and bringing inside. You won’t steal from the beauty of your other gardens and can still enjoy fresh flowers in your home.

You’ll start by preparing your area. Remove weeds, add fertilizer, and aerate the soil. This will give your cutting garden a great start. They’ll need it because you’ll be snipping continually and they’ll have to keep creating blooms.

Plan your layout and make sure that there is plenty of room for you to navigate between the rows. You can group your plants together by the growing condition they require, or by the growing requirements and care that they need. After they’ve been grouped by cultural needs, you can organize them by mature height so that the shorter ones are engulfed by the tall ones.

Don’t forget to mulch! You aren’t adding the mulch for look, so it doesn’t have to be expensive, but you want to make sure that you have enough to deter the weeds.If you notice that the mulch decomposes to less than one inch, you’ll want to top the area off with some fresh mulch.

Finally, the most important thing to do is keep cutting! The more you cut the more plants will set new flowers - making a beautiful circle of life. In the meantime, just watch for pests and disease, and remove the affected plants to keep it from spreading. Make sure your flowers are watered at least weekly, and more if you are experiencing a hot or dry summer, like this one.


Flowers to Include in Your Cutting Garden

When you choose the flowers for your garden, keep in mind that there are a few things you’re looking for when choosing the best blooms. You’ll probably want to choose long stemmed flowers since you’ll be displaying them. If you love the frangrence, you’ll want to include some scented flowers. Don’t forget the filler plants, either, like baby’s breath or coral bells. You can plant some foliage, too, like artemisia and coleus. If you choose flowers that dry well, you can use your blooms in winter as well. Finally, plant what you love! If you love roses, make them a priority in your garden. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

  • Pot Marigold
  • Cosmos
  • Mexican Sunflower
  • Yellow Flag
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Snap Dragon
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Marigold
  • Poppy
  • Horsemint
  • Indigo Spires Sage
  • Calliopsis
  • Mums
  • Purpletop Verbena
  • Nasturtium
  • Peony
  • Salvia
  • Ranunculus
  • Liastrus
  • Rose

Flowers at the Lake of the Ozarks

Are you ready to start your cutting garden at your Lake home? Camdenton Farm and Garden can help! We have many plants in stock and can suggest the ones that are best to get started with, as well as teach you how to keep them growing strong all season. It’s time to fill your home and your yard with beautiful gardens and we want to help. Come out and visit our farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks today!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Tips for Cleaning Your Grill

It’s been a busy weekend, your belly is full from amazing grilling, and you probably just want to hang out in the hammock. Yet, have you ever considered that through all of the grilling out you did this weekend, maybe you should clean your grill? Most grills go uncleaned, and even if they are cleaned, it’s probably not done properly. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we supply you with propane tanks for your grill, but we also want to give you the knowledge you need to make sure your grill is in tip top performance for next time! Here are a few things you should keep in mind while cleaning your grill.


Choosing a Grill Brush

Have you seen those articles where they talk about people being hospitalized for using the wrong grill brush, and the small wires getting stuck to their food and then ingested? We think this brings up a good point - you need to get a really good grill brush. When you buy a grill brush, there are a few things to keep in mind. The first is to make sure that it’s a food grade brush. You’ll get a higher quality brush this way, and it will be able to stand up to more grilling sessions. You also want to make sure that it doesn’t say “avoid using on hot surfaces” because this type of grill brush won’t be able to handle the heat of your grill, and is obviously not a safe option. Before buying a brush, you should also pull on the bristles and make sure that they are secure. The biggest tip is to not keep using the sam brush for years. When it gets dirty or old, replace it.

Routine Clean

Does your grill cleaning routine sound something like this? Fire up the grill, wait until it gets hot, scrape off the grates with a wire brush, and then toss on the meat.

If this is how you clean your grill, we have a few suggestions that might make it even easier. Did you know that it’s actually easier to clean your grates when the food is warm, versus when it’s been let to cool and then heated up the next time around? After you’ve finished grilling and your grill has cooled down just a bit, run the wire brush over the grates and get the rest of the greasy food off. This will make cleaning it easier because you’re getting the grease while it’s still soft.

Annual Cleaning

A few times a year, it will be necessary to go to greater lengths to get your grill clean. You will need to pull out the bucket of warm soapy water and give you grill a good cleaning. Take pieces apart, get everything squeaky clean, and you’ll find that this tool is ready for another grilling session.


Keep It Clean

Cleaning your grill is vitally important. Do you just leave your stovetop to “clean itself?” Of course not! After you make dinner, you wipe it down, and occasionally, you give it a really good, deep clean. The same applies to your grill. We hope you’ve had a Happy Fourth of the July weekend - but now that it’s wrapping up, don’t forget to show your grill some love. Don't forget, if you still have more grilling in your future, you can refill propane tanks at the Lake of the Ozarks at Camdenton Farm and Garden - your local garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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