Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Are They Company or a Crowd?

When starting your farm, you may start getting excited with all of the daydreaming! You'll have cows over there, horses on that side, chickens in the coop, and sheep on the hill - but how many of those animals can actually cohabitate together? At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we can help you get all of the livestock food at the Lake of the Ozarks for your animals, and also share a little advice from what we've learned over the decades of farming.


Keeping a Happy Farm

One of the first things to consider when you want to put two different types of animals together is whether they will actually get along in the first place. Like humans, some animals just don't get along, no matter how hard you try. Other than that, you also have to consider fencing, compatibility, and the most important - food.

Many breeds can't share foods because whats nourishing to one is poisonous to others. Take, for example, pigs, chickens, and sheep. Pigs and chickens need copper, but sheep can be poisoned by even grazing on a pasture that has been fertilized using pig or chicken manure.

Neighbor No No's


Ducks & Chickens

While you may think that birds of a feather flock together, chickens and ducks don't tend to make great companions. One reason is that ducks need large bodies of water and chickens are prone to drowning in it. Penicillin is also added to chick starters and this can be deadly for ducks.

Horses & Cattle

Do you often see these two penned up together? While they generally can get along fine, the medicines that are fed to cattle can be toxic to equines. Another thing to consider is that horses can't get the hoof and mouth disease, but they can spread it. So if there was an outbreak of it, you would have to quarantine your cattle and your horses to keep the disease from spreading.

Donkeys and Dogs

Typically, these animals don't get along well. Of course, this is part of what makes donkeys such great guard animals. Many farmers will keep donkeys around to keep coyotes away. If you will have both animals on your farm, just make sure that they are supervised until they learn how to get along.

The Perfect Pairs

If you have space, it's always a safe bet to keep animals apart, but there are some that can get along peacefully and maybe even to everyone's good. Sheep or goats can be paired well with larger animals, either for practicality or safety. Horses can get along well with sheep and goats because the smaller animals like to stay together and horses tend to want to be on their own. Of course, the fencing for these types of animals is different so you would need to make sure that your sheep or goats couldn't get out of your horse pen. Donkeys, llamas, and alpacas can often serve as great guard animals, also. Specifically for smaller sheep and goats. Just keep in mind that you'll only want one of the guard animals present otherwise it will bond to its own kind and not stick with the animals that it's supposed to guard.


Your Funny Farm

As you are dreaming about your perfect farm, make sure you do a little research to make sure that your livestock will all get along. From chickens to cows, and horses to goats - we look forward to hearing all of your funny stories about these new additions to your life. You will probably find yourself wanting to watch them! They tend to have very unique personalities and can be quite the amusement. If you're looking for farm supplies in Camdenton, MO, don't forget to stop by Camdenton Farm and Garden. We are your local farm and garden supplier at the Lake of the Ozarks, and even if we don't have what you need, we can occasionally order it in for you! Stop by and see us sometime!

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Getting Your Bird Feeders Ready for Winter

It’s hard to believe that winter is already knocking at the door (even though we’re still experiencing 90ยบ days …). If you look to the sky, you’ll start to see birds migrating and getting ready for the cold weather - and that’s your cue to start as well. Your feathered friends will be relying on you to help them stay fed this winter, so it’s time to get the bird feeders out to clean and evaluate them. Here are a few things you can keep in mind as you get your bird feeders ready for the winter!


How Often Should I Clean My Birdfeeders?

We would recommend cleaning, at least in the fall and in the spring, and more often as the situation calls for. We have also found that by placing a baffle at the top of the feeder (see picture), the feeder is somewhat protected from moisture and will keep the seed drier. We also find that using a drying agent, such as Feeder Fresh, in the feeder helps to prevent build-up.

How Do I Clean My Feeders?

Once again, many manufacturers have made this job easier as of late, allowing for disassembling of the feeder quickly, even allowing for dishwasher cleaning. Obviously, many feeders are too large or long for the dishwasher, but for the smaller feeders, this is an option. I don’t think I’d combine these with your fine china, but maybe throw in some sandals, crocks, and baseball caps you’ve been wanting to clean. We use a bucket and soapy water and long brush specially 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.


Some Easy-To-Clean Feeder Suggestions

As stated, most manufacturers are designing bird feeders that are easier to maintain. Probably our favorite tubular feeder to clean is the spiral nyjer tube feeder from Songbird Essentials. Any seed left in the bottom can be moved to the top by filling from the bottom of the feeder. Aspects carry the “Quick Clean” line of bird feeders that allow for easy access for all of their tubular bird feeders. Whatever your personal preference, remember to keep those feeders clean for the overall health of your wild birds.

Taking Care of Nature

There’s nothing more nostalgic than watching your sweet feathered friends hopping around outside and then perching themselves on the bird feeder for a snack. If you’ve never set out a bird feeder for your funny feathered friends, we would love to get you started! Camdenton Farm and Garden has many different styles to choose from, with the best bird feeders at the Lake of the Ozarks. We can then help you choose the right bird seed in Camdenton, MO to put in your feeder to attract the birds. It’s such a fun and easy hobby, and we would love to get you started. Come out and see us this weekend - it’s going to be a beautiful weekend to get started!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Popular Cat Breeds - Part 1

Did you know that September is Cat Month? If you love your furry friend, go grab them for some cuddles because we’re going to talk about different cat breeds! Do you know how many breeds of cats there are in the world? The internet doesn’t seem to know either! When you do a search, some say 200, some say 73, other’s say 80 … So we’re going to talk about 36 popular cat breeds in part one of our series!

American Shorthair

36 Popular Cat Breeds - Part 1

Abyssinian

Abyssinian cats were originally bred in the United States in 1935. The Aby is one of the most popular cat breeds and is in the top five by the Cat Fanciers.

Aegean

This type of kitty is considered to by the only native Greek variety of cat! It originated from the Cycladic Islands of Greece.

American Curl

One of the youngest cat breeds, it was born of natural genetic mutation that first appeared when a stray black kitten with long, silky hair and ears that curled backward was found in California. When this cat had kittens, two had the same curled ears, and it became a new breed when Cat fanciers began selectively breeding these cats.

American Shorthair

These cats became a recognized breed in 1906 and are known as the pedigreed felines in 1966 when they received their name.

Bengal

These cats have a distinctive spotted coat and they are quite large in size. They look a bit wild and were created through crosses between an Asian leopard cat and domestic shorthairs.

Birman

The Birman cat is a beautiful breed of feline, and it is also known as the Sacred Cat of Burma. Rumor has it that they were temple cats and that they got their looks from being rewarded by a goddess for their love and devotion to his priest.

Bombay

Bombay is the name that was given to black cats of the Asian variety. They are similar to the Burmese type with black coats, toes, nose, and copper or green eyes. It’s a shorthair, domestic cat, and very friendly.

British Shorthair

British Shorthair

This cat breed is medium to large sized and very powerful! They are heavily muscled with large bones. The breed was originally intended to keep rodents out of the bar and the house.

Burmilla

The Burmilla is another example of an accidental cat breed. With was the unplanned breeding of a Burmese and Chinchilla Persian in England in 1981. These kitties are adventurous but can be a bit of a klutz.

Chartreux

This is a French breed and is said to date back to the 18th century or maybe even earlier. They are known for their sleek, wooly blue-gray double coats and Cheshire cat-like smile.

Cornish Rex

These kitties have short, fine textured coats. Some assume that because of their short hair they are hypoallergenic – but they do still shed. Though the shedding is minimal, they still do.

Devon Rex

These kitties are smart with a moderate activity level. The love to sleep under covers, and tend to me a bit mischievous and agile.

Egyptian Mau

Egyptian Mau

The Egyptian Mau is a small to medium sizes cat with short hair, and are one of the few naturally spotted breeds of domesticated cats. They love to spend time with their family and are considered the fastest domestic housecat.

Havana Brown

The Havana brown is distinguished by his uncommon head shape and is considered a rare breed. The rich tobacco-colored cat is outgoing and friendly and will probably follow you around the house as you go throughout your day.

Japanese Bobtail

The most tell-tale sign of this kitty is that it has a short “bunny” tail. The are affectionate and friendly, perfect for the family, and both great with kids and other pets.

Korat

The Korat is most known for its silver-blue coloring and emerald green eyes. They are considered to date back to the 14th century based on their description in ancient literature.

Li Hua/Dragon Li

These kitties are smart, loyal, and quite lively! They are gentle with people, but most known for their reputation to hunt rats and other vermin.

Maine Coon

The Maine Coon is native to New England, coming from … you guessed it, Maine! He is popular for mousing and is a great farm cat or ship cat. Their history even dates back to the 19th century.

Manx

This is another tailless cat, and it results from a genetic mutation that was then intensified by the cat’s remote location on the Isle of Man.

Norwegian Forest

The Norwegian Forest cat is gently and friendly. They are also known as “Wegie” for short and they are fond of family members yet do not demand constant attention.

Oriental

These kitties are highly intelligent, agile, and athletic. They LOVE to play, and you need to keep his brain busy with puzzle toys, and his body active with teaser toys for him to chase.

Norwegian Forest

Caring for Cats at the Lake of the Ozarks

Felines are such precious creatures to have as part of your family. They can be cuddly while also contrary, aloof and amazing - they are wonderful. We love to have kitties around at Camdenton Farm and Garden, and you'll likely get a few cat cuddles in when you stop by! Stay tuned for Part 2 and we'll talk about some other popular cat breeds. Don't forget, if you need quality cat food at the Lake of the Ozarks, your local farm, and garden store in Camdenton is here for you!


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Friday, September 8, 2017

Gardening Tasks for September

If you’ve been waiting for the fall months to finally appear - you can take a deep breath and sigh with relief, because today is BEAUTIFUL! The nice breeze, the cool temps, and the sunny weather are a very welcome relief to the hot temps and scorching sun. As fall arrives, you may think that your gardening tasks are going to disappear, but it’s quite the opposite! Now is a great time to catch up on things you couldn’t do during the hot summer, as well as prepare your landscape for the cold winter months. Here are a few tasks that Camdenton Farm and Garden suggests you perform this month!


Over-Seed Your Lawn

September is a fantastic month to start over seeding or starting your new lawn. If you want to achieve the perfect lawn, we have a step by step process over on our website, and we would love to share our tips and tricks. Trust us, we’ve experienced a lot of trial and error as we’ve worked through using certain products, learning when to apply them, and even how much to use. Visit our website to learn more about our lawn care at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Plant Trees & Shrubs

While many think that the spring is the best time to plant trees because of the summer warmth and spring rains - fall is actually an exceptional time around here. The temperatures are typically on the cooler side, to there is less of a chance that the trees will become stressed from the high heat. The fall rains can also help the new trees to establish their root systems. Another thing to consider is that when the air temperature is cooler than the soil, new root growth is encouraged without the new top growth. Of course, if you wait too long into the fall season (November-December) to plant your trees, you do run the risk of poor root growth. So if you want to plant trees NOW is the time to start.

Start A Lawn Care Program

Do you have a lawn care program established for your lawn? We can help you evaluate your landscape and decide what products and procedures will help it thrive the most. We’ve had years upon years of experience with the landscapes here in the Midwest so we can say with certainty that we have plenty of knowledge to offer. Not only knowledge and experience, though - we can also help you find the right products. No two lawn products are the same, and we would love to help you find the ones that actually work for you.


Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

The fall season is a great time to get out there and get your hands dirty. While the cold weather may be looming, you still have a few months to get a head start and prepare your landscape. Gardening isn’t over just because summer is coming to an end. Visit our website to learn some more about our products and services, or better yet, come over and visit!

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Celebrate Labor Day with Your Lawn

The fall season is almost here, and with that comes cooler weather, maybe some nice rain showers, and another application of fertilizer on your landscape. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we recommend a routine schedule that is easy to remember and it’s based off of holidays that you’ll be able to remember. Here are a few things to know about lawn fertilizer at the Lake of the Ozarks, and why you need to apply it now!


Lawn Fertilizer Schedule


1. Easter- Fertilome Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer
2. Memorial Day- reapply Fertilome Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer
3. Labor Day- Hi-Yield Weed and Feed (post-emergent weed control)
4. Thanksgiving- Fertilome Winterizer (most important)

After 25 years of living in the Ozarks, in south central Missouri, I have finally got this grass thing down pretty well. I must admit, this has taken some time, money and reading, but the program I’m going to lay out for you has made my lawn something of which I take pride.

Hi-Yield Weed & Feed

For Labor Day, you’ll want to apply the Hi-Yield Weed and Feed to help with post emergent weed control. We sell this product at Camden Farm and Garden, along with many others that can help you create a landscape that you are proud of.

This fertilizer contains an effective post-emergent broadleaf weed killer in combination with lawn fertilizer. It controls candelion, chickweed, knotweed, plantain, henbit, spurge and many other broadleaf weeds in centipede, bahia, bermuda, zoysia, bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, bentgrass, and fescue.

Don’t forget that you lawn should be moist before application and the product should be watered within 24 hours after application.

How is Your Soil?

One other little item I’d like to address is that you will never (in this part of the world) have a decent lawn unless you have, at least, 4 inches of loamy topsoil as a base. The clay content must be low! I’m amazed at the number of people who think they can have a nice yard when all they have is rock! Secondly, I recommend an in-ground irrigation system. If you live in Minnesota, where you don’t have repeated 90 plus degree days on end in the summer, you’re probably going to be okay, but not in this area of the country. That doesn’t mean you have to water every day, which some people unnecessarily do, but it sure helps to have it when you need it, especially when you’re trying to get a lawn established.

Application Tips

All of the fertilizers recommended above are formulated so that, if applied correctly, you should not apply more than 1 pound of slow release nitrogen per 1,000 sq. feet. If this is not applied as directed, you could “burn” your lawn, especially during times of intense heat. One of the things I see people do (and I have done it myself) is to make a pass around the perimeter of the lawn, and then go perpendicular to this back and forth. They forget to turn off the spreader before they get to where they made their initial perimeter pass, thus applying a double amount to that area, or 2 pounds per 1,000 sq. feet.


Creating the Lawn of Your Dreams

This is a great time to start thinking about your landscape. Whether you want to make upgrades or do a complete overhaul on the design and grass, fall is a wonderful time to start. It’s not so hot that you kill the seedlings before they can start, but not to cool to freeze them. Do you need some grass seed at the Lake of the Ozarks? We would love to help you find the perfect type for your landscape - come check out our selection!

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