Friday, April 13, 2018

Celebrating Gardening Month

Did you know that April is all about gardening? It would make sense, since now is the time where you can start seeds and get your garden spaces tilled up! At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we specialize in helping your start and maintain your Lake of the Ozarks garden. From vegetable gardens to large flower gardens, we have all of the tools to help you become a green thumb. We want to take some time to show you how we can help you with your gardening endeavors all year long!


First Stages

Are you starting your garden from seed this year? We can help you by providing the best potting dirt at the Lake of the Ozarks, along with trays and seeds. We carry many varieties of seeds at the Lake of the Ozarks, including the infamous Baker’s Creek Heirloom Seeds. If you are looking for plants and bushes, we can help. We’ve already started ordering, and before you know it, everything around our garden store in Camdenton will be filled with rich greens and bright colors.

If you’re focusing on your landscape this year, now is a great time to fertilize your lawn. In fact, it’s already getting to be a little bit late, so make sure you stop by and grab enough fertilizer. Our staff can help you find the best product for your landscaping, and then figure up the right amount to use, and how/when to apply it. We have an incredibly knowledgeable team who are ready to help you make it greener on you YOUR side of the fence!

In the Thick of It

When you hit the middle of the summer and your produce is coming fast, that’s not the end of planning and planting. Some gardeners will choose to start preparing for their fall garden, in which case, you’ll want to learn what grows best to harvest in the fall. Summer also tend stop bring pests and diseases. Whether it rains more than usual and the ground stays too wet, or Japanese beetles come banging down the door of your little happy place, we can help you deter these problems.

Bugs aren’t the only pests that you may run into around the Lake area. Deer and other wild animals are common predators of your beautiful garden area. If you’re looking for a great deer deterrent, we back Liquid Fence 100%. It’s a great product that we use on our own landscape and gardens and works perfectly for deer and rabbit repellent.


Goodbye Garden

Once the growing season is over, there are still plenty of tasks to be accomplished. From harvesting fall produce to turning up your soil and adding more fertilizer. It’s important to make sure that your soil has the best possible chance for the next growing season by giving it some care after it’s through. Fall is also a good time to start planting fruit trees, some bushes, and other plants. We can help you find the best varieties for the area and give you all of the tips and tools necessary to get them going strong!

Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

Our farm and garden store in Camdenton Missouri has been around for over 25 years. We’ve been helping you care for your gardens, outdoor spaces, and livestock for a long time, and we look forward to going even longer. We believe that quality and service go a long way, which is why we provide only the best. Stop by sometime and let us show you some of our incredible products!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Preparing for Landscaping Season

Spring has officially made her entrance, and with that comes the oh so popular weather conditions that she brings. Thankfully, all of the rain is going to help when the sun comes out, and before you know it the Lake area will be glowing with vibrant spring green. Of course, part of what helps you accomplish a beautiful green lawn is proper lawn fertilization at the Lake of the Ozarks. Here are a few things that I do to keep my lawn "greener" on MY side of the fence!



The 411 of Lawn Fertilization

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.

Okay, this is easy to remember, and yeah, I did steal this from the “Lawn Geek” (which I highly recommend that you read) but listen up. Feed your lawn using the “holiday” method. I don’t think whoever laid the holidays out planned it that way for our benefit, but they happen to fall about 8 weeks apart, just the right time for application of fertilizer and herbicides. The first application should be around Easter (or here in the Midwest, when you start seeing the forsythia bloom), the second around Memorial Day, next Labor Day, and finally, Thanksgiving. Now, what to apply……….and this is my preference, but I’m right so don’t mess with it.

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)



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. You may notice that I recommended putting crabgrass preventer down twice. That’s because I noticed the first couple of years that crabgrass showed up in my yard in August if I did not reapply pre-emergent around Memorial Day. Learn from my mistakes!


It's Time To Get Started!

Easter is almost here, which means it's time to start the first phase of fertilizing. Come out to your local farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks to stock up on your Fertilome Crabgrass Preventer Plus Fertilizer! We love the Fertilome products because they WORK. Do you have other questions about your landscape? Our staff would love to help you solve your gardening issues and make this the best and greenest year yet. We're open 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 5:30 PM on Friday, and 8 AM to 1 PM on Saturday. Stop by and see us!

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Pests In Your Houseplants?

After keeping your plants indoors all winter long, you may find more life than only your plant. If you find that little pests or bugs are living in your houseplant, it can be a bit alarming, but not a hard thing to fix. Here are a few common houseplant pests and how Camdenton Farm and Garden can help!


Spider Mites

You’ll be able to find these pests if you notice the telltale webbing on your plants. You’ll likely find it on the inner joints of plants and among the types of lush foliage.

These tiny pests are about the size of a pinhead and can damage your plants by sucking their juices. If your plants get attacked, you’ll notice yellow stippling on the leaves. If the infestation isn't treated, the leaves will turn yellow and brittle. You can treat your plants with an insecticide, like what we have at our farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Mealybugs

These pests will show themselves as small, cottony white blobs on the stem joints. You may also find them along the stems. They feed off of the plants by sucking the life right out of them. You’ll notice that your plants look like they are drying out no matter how often you water, this can be a sign of mealy bugs.

Mealybugs can be challenging to get rid of, but if you catch the problem early, you can cut out the infested branches. You can also dab the mealy bugs with a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol. If you find a bad case of mealy bugs, you may want to get rid of the plant. This can help save the rest of your plants from getting infected.

Scales

These little pests are akin to the Mealybugs because they suck the sap from the plants. This will leave them too weak to sustain themselves. The difference is that they cover themselves with a hard, oval shell when they attach to the plant. They can be very challenging to remove once they’ve attached themselves.

Often, pesticides don’t penetrate their hard shells. You may be able to scrap them off with your fingernail. If the scales are young, you can treat with insecticidal products. But this is only when they are unprotected and moving to a new location.

Aphids

Aphids are small green, white, yellow, or black spots that can surface on all parts of a plant. Aphids reproduce quickly, and an infestation can cover the plant in days. They are soft-bodied insects, though, and can be killed with a strong blast of water or an insecticide. They can be persistent, so if you want to get rid of them, you'll need to be diligent.

Try Fertilome Triple Action Plus

This is the safest and most diverse product on the market. It contains pyrethrins, which are an organic insecticide that is safe to use up to the day of harvest. It also contains fungicidal agent and miticide. It’s ready to use or in concentrate, and a MUST for any gardener - indoors or out! We have plenty of insecticides at the Lake of the Ozarks! We can help you find something to rid you of bugs, while also keeping your plant thriving. Come out and see us sometime!

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Backyard Birding At the End of Winter

We may be on the back end of winter, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few cold days left ahead. After all, that groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter! Your backyard birds will still be looking for food, water, and shelter as they finish out these last few bouts of winter, and there are a few things you can do to help them out. Here are a few tips to help increase bird traffic to your backyard, but also help these little-feathered friends as they are finishing out the winter.



Food

If you have bird feeders, it’s important to keep them filled during these last few weeks of winter. Your birds will be looking for foods that are high in oil and fat. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have a wide variety of bird food at the Lake of the Ozarks, including suet, peanuts, sunflower seeds, Nyjer, and our own special blend called Jim’s Mix. These are all great choices for the birds as the winter months come to an end. They will give them the necessary energy they need to get ready for spring! If you don’t have a bird feeder, now is a great time to get one. Not only can you finish out the winter with it, but you can continue to feed your feathered friends through the spring and enjoy watching them play outside. We have a wide variety of bird feeders at the Lake of the Ozarks, so stop by sometime and we can help you choose the best one for your lifestyle and bird types.


Water

Water is still vitally important to birds, especially fresh water. If you think that the cold temps will keep it frozen, you can invest in a heater for your birdbath. Otherwise, the biggest importance is just keeping fresh water available. Make sure that you replace the water regularly to avoid spreading disease, and keep it filled enough that your heather doesn’t malfunction.

As always, we have a beautiful stock of birdbaths, so if you are interested in adding one to your garden, come take a look! You’ll love having this through spring as well. The birds will start coming back from their winter vacations and can be a joy to watch as they splash around.


Shelter

A cozy place to keep warm is valuable for birds that are finishing out the winter. Not to mention, as spring comes around, they will need a place to make their nests. Put out some birdhouses now to provide for them in both seasons! If you aren’t sure what type of bird house you’ll need, take a look at the birds that you have flocking to your yard. Then come out to our farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks. We can help you determine the best type of birdhouse for your little-feathered friends.


Bird Feeding at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you care about feeding those feathered friends, we have everything to get you started! Many articles will say that there is the “perfect” time to put out the feeder, birdbath or birdhouse, and while some times are better than others for certain breeds - we believe the most important thing is putting them out! Stop by sometime and we’ll get you all stocked up to care for those little birds during the last few weeks of winter, and the coming of spring!


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Friday, February 16, 2018

Products to Prepare for Spring

Spring is right around the corner, and Mother Nature keeps tempting us with the spring temps (right before throwing Old Man Winter at us again). With random beautiful days coming up, we can’t help but think about how to prepare our landscapes for the upcoming change of season! Before you know it, the deer will be looking for your prize plants to eat (if they aren’t already), and your landscape will need to be fertilized to prepare for all of the growth that is happening! Here are a few products that we HIGHLY recommend that you add to your spring preparation list, so you’ll have them when you’re ready.


Liquid Fence

We truly believe that there is no better product on the market than Liquid Fence. We aren’t the only ones who say this, our customers also agree - or at least they must by the way they keep coming back over and over to buy this product! It truly works as advertised, and if you are trying to deter deer from eating your tulips and hostas, you’ll want to apply this when they first come up in the spring. After that, you’ll apply it every two weeks or so, depending on the amount of precipitation.

Fertilizers

Applying fertilizers can be an important way to keep your landscape looking beautiful, and we have products that you WON’T find in the box stores. We have very specifically chosen products that are high quality and work well, not to mention they are the products that we use on our own lawn. We have all used these products for years and believe in them because they have worked. I have also created a schedule that can be used to apply the Fertilome products to your lawn - and the first application is coming up! I always recommend that you start these products around Easter and this year that falls on April 1st. You still have some time to prepare, but it’s a good idea to start thinking about what you want to use and what you should stock up on for your landscape fertilizer at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Herbicides

Herbicides are classified as pre-emergent (used to keep weed seeds from germinating) and post-emergent (kills weeds after they have become established). At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we carry both types of weed killers, and we have the knowledge to assist you as to what product would be best for your type of landscape and weed situation. We love the Hi-Yield and Ferti-lome products because they are incredibly successful, we’re sure that you’ll love them just as much as we do once you try them.

Fungicides

Did you know that fungicides are a vital element in the gardener’s armamentarium in the Ozarks? The summers here can be very hot and humid, which is an ideal environment for fungal diseases. Roses are also particularly susceptible to black spot and the like. Thankfully, we have environmentally safe fungicides at the Lake of the Ozark. From Copper Soap to wettable sulfur, as well as systemic fungicides, you’ll find a large variety in our garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Insecticides

From your lawn to your vegetable garden, and your fruit trees to ornamental shrubs, we have a large variety of organic insecticides at the Lake of the Ozarks. They can be used right up to the day of harvest. We also carry popular and effective tick and flea protection for your critters. We’re your one-stop shop!


Garden Products in Camdenton, MO

Keeping a beautiful lawn and garden has never been easier when you have a team of experts to help you find the right products. From insecticides to fertilizers, we can help you prepare for spring at the Lake of the Ozarks with all of the products that you’ll be looking for. Let’s start creating that landscape that will be the envy of all of your neighbors ;).

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Reasons to Focus on Native Plants

Native plants may not get a lot of credit, especially when compared with the "hot" plant of the year. However, there are plenty of reasons to include native plants into your garden. If you aren't familiar with native plants or why they can provide benefit to your outdoor space, we have a few reasons for you to ponder over!


What is a Native Plant?

A native plant is one that evolved in your area. This means that is hardy enough to handle your winters and summer seasons, stable enough to withstand disease, and has natural predators in your area so that it doesn't become overpopulated. Missouri native plants can be both beautiful and practical, and they require fewer materials because they are, well, native. The most interesting thing about native plants is that they can change a lot between states and even counties. In addition, just because a type of tree grows well in two states, doesn't mean that those varieties can be interchanged between states because they develop different immunities and attributions to temperature and climate. It's an intriguing thought, isn't it!

Reasons to Incorporate Native Plants

If you've thought about planting native varieties in your garden, here are a few reasons that you'll really appreciate having native species in your space.

They Require Fewer Resources
Because native plants are naturally ready to adapt to the place that they came from, they tend to require not only fewer resources but less work. A native plant naturally adapts to the soil, weather conditions, natural predators, and more. Because of this, you shouldn't have to invest as much in soil additions, balancing the ph, and more. In addition, since they are well suited for the area, they are going to require less time to tend because they just work well in your space. This doesn't mean they will require no work at all. You may have to harvest them, prune them occasionally, or even weed them out - but you will find that they don't require nearly as much work as a plant that is native to say the Pacific after being brought to the Midwest.

They Don't Overgrow Your Area
We've all heard about the plants that completely overgrow an area. They aren't native to a place, and before you know it, it's taken over. One of the biggest reasons is because there are no natural predators for this plant. Maybe there aren't animals to eat it or birds that use it for their nests. When you plant native plants, you are helping the environment, the creatures that live in it, and helping to preserve the natural element of your area.

What is Native to my Area?
There are several ways to find out. One of the easiest is to contact your local conservation department, or visit their website. Here in Missouri, we have many native plants that are both beautiful and practical, so we've researched a few to suggest for your summer gardening space.


  • Black Oak
  • Black-eyed susan
  • Blackberry
  • Coral Honeysuckle
  • Cream Wild Indigo
  • Eastern Blazing Star
  • Eastern Redbud
  • Elderberry
  • Glade Coneflower
  • Indian Paintbrush


There are hundreds of plants and trees that are native to our area, and they are all unique and beautiful. If you want to learn more, you can visit the Grow Native database for a list of plants that are native to Missouri.


Missouri Gardening

Even amidst the snowy and cold weather, it's hard to not be thinking about the garden. Because of this, we are your one-stop shop for planning! Our in-house plant doctor has plenty of ideas for you, from wilting indoor plants to planning out your garden in the spring. If you are already getting excited about the gardening season at the Lake of the Ozarks, we are right there with you! From native plants to unique and beautiful exotic options, we know that this year will be a great one for your garden. Stay tuned for more tips to get you through the winter and how to prepare for Spring. It's coming, folks!


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Friday, February 2, 2018

Winter Gardening & Sowing Tips

In case you missed the update, February 2nd, 2018 was the day that Puxatawny Phil saw his shadow, which means that everyone is predicting another SIX weeks of winter! While this is a bit of a downer for us gardeners who just want spring to hit, there is good news. Winter sowing and gardening is a long time tradition, and also a great way to get your garden started even if there were 12 feet of snow outside. Here are a few tips to help you get started on your winter gardening plans.


What Is Winter Gardening & Sowing

Did you ever think that you could actually sow seeds outdoors during the winter? Even amidst snow, sub-zero temps, and other winter blues, winter sowing can be too good to be true. However, it’s a great way to let mother nature take her course, and also to encourage hearty plants. You can sow them directly into the ground, or you can give them a give of a helping hand by starting them in enclosed containers to get the ball rolling a little faster.

Getting Started

You’ll want to choose hardy seeds, and stay clear of the tropical and tender plants. A few good choices are

  • Alyssum
  • Butterfly Weed
  • Calendula
  • Coreopsis
  • Cosmos
  • Foxgloves
  • Hollyhocks
  • Petunias
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Chard
  • Carrots
  • Mache
  • Radishes
  • Spinach

You can sow your seeds directly into the ground, or you can start them in containers which are then transplanted later. Direct sowing will not give you a head start the way that sowing in containers will because the soil in the ground will not warm up as fast as the soil in the containers. Yet, it will save you the trouble of transplanting.

When looking for containers, make sure you look for something that can handle the freezing and thawing that is caused by winter weather. You’ll also want to make sure that there are drainage holes int eh bottom of the containers and are vents in the top covering. The vents should be small to start with, and then widen them as the weather warms in the spring.

You’ll want to start with at least 2-3 inches of potting mix, maybe even 3-5 inches. It helps insulate the seeds and prevents them from being heaved to the surface.

Start Planting

Now that you’re containers are ready, you’ll want to start by sowing more seeds than you think you’ll need. Germination rates will be lower than if grown in ideal conditions. When sowing, though, don’t sow too thickly. The seedlings could crowd each other out when they do begin to grow.

Don’t forget to label your containers somehow, either. No matter what you think, comes spring you’ll be looking at the tray of green seedling wondering what in the world they are.

What’s With Winter Sowing?

This relies on cycles of freezing and thawing to loosen seed coats and prepare seeds to germinate. In fact, some seeds may even say to put them in the freezer before sowing them. When spring first arrives with sunny days but still freezing nights, you should start to see seedlings coming up. When you do find days that are above freezing, open the containers and check the soil dryness. Water them if they need it by using a gentle spray bottle and then put the lids back on.


Winter Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you need some tips for winter sowing at the Lake of the Ozarks, we would love to share our experiences. Our in-house Plant Doctor has decades of experience planting and growing many varieties and types. If you need gardening supplies at the Lake of the Ozarks, we’ve got you covered. From small to large tools, you’ll find everything you need to get your garden off to the right start at Camdenton Farm and Garden. Come out and see us, and don’t forget to share your gardening stories with us!

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Planning Your 2018 Garden

There have been a few taunting days in the last week that have made us feel as if spring is right around the corner. Nothing gives us garden fever more than a beautiful 60-degree day! Of course, Old Man winter is most likely right around the corner, but until then - we’re thinking about the garden. If you’re the type of person that already has their garden mapped out and your seeds ordered, we commend you! However, if you’re new to gardening and don’t know exactly where or when to start, we’re here for you. Here are a few tips to help you start planning your 2018 garden and get it off to a great start.


Start With Catalogs

Seed catalogs are a great place to start when you don’t know exactly what you would like. They can be a little overwhelming, however, the colors and pictures can be tantalizing when you just want to get your hands in the dirt. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we supply many different seed brands to help you out. One of our popular ones are the Baker Creek seeds from the Baker Creek Seed Company based right here in Missouri. They specialize in heirloom seeds with a wonderful selection. Not to mention, their seed catalog is filled with so many colors and types of produce that you will hardly be able to contain yourself.

Start Your List

Does your family LOVE eggplant? Or maybe they devour corn or tomatoes. Start with the produce that your family loves to get your list off to the right start. If you’ve been dreaming of fresh salsa for this summer, planting tomatoes, jalapeƱos, onions, and cilantro could be a fun garden to try your hand at. As you make your list and check it twice, it can be so fun to imagine all of the produce that you’ll bring in this harvest season. Don’t forget about your fall produce as well. If you love to decorate with pumpkins or eat a lot of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, you may want to get some pumpkins planted. There are also some squash varieties that are wonderful in the fall and make the end of the harvest season a little more fun and tasty.

Think About Your Harvest

Now that you know WHAT you want to plant, it’s time to start thinking about HOW MUCH you want to harvest. Think practically, because a huge garden can be a lot of maintenance, and the produce can multiply quickly if you aren’t careful. Before you know it, you could have a truck bed full of tomatoes and not know what to do with them all! If you aren’t sure how much one plant will produce, you can come speak with our Plant Doctor, or you can look up crop calculators online to get a rough estimate. Canning, freezing, and drying can be time-consuming, but so rewarding in the cold winter months. Plan accordingly for your harvest and then get ready to reap the rewards!


Order Your Seeds

There are plenty of ways to accomplish this task, but it’s important to get started. Many plants may need to have seeds started as early as February or March for our zone, so you’ll want to start getting ready. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we have the best seeds at the Lake of the Ozarks, so come down and take a look. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, let us know, we can probably find a place to get them for you quickly and easily.

Get Your Supplies

Next, you’ll need to get ready for the upcoming planting season. You’ll probably want seedling trays if you are planning on planting from seed (versus planting the plants later in the year). You’ll also want to have some quality dirt to grow your seeds in. After that, you may want to have some grow lights or heaters depending on where you’ll be starting your seeds. If you only have a few trays (and no kids or pets to get into them) setting the trays by a window can be a great place. On especially nice days you can even set them outside for some fresh air, so long as you bring them back in before dark.


It’s Almost Planting Season

For all things gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks, come out to Camdenton Farm and Garden. Not to mention, make sure that you follow us on Facebook! As the spring season starts to ramp up, we generally feature some really incredible events that help you along with your journey. Last year we had a local pest control company come out, along with some gardening specialists to teach us about raised bed gardening and the right dirt to use for the plants. It’s going to be a great gardening season, and we look forward to sharing in the excitement with you!

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Tips For Bird Watching in the Winter

We’ve had quite the winter already! With a month of winter under our belt, we’ve experienced freezing temperatures, snow, and ice. With uncomfortable temperatures outside, you may be driven indoors to find amusement and warmth. If that’s the case, it may be time to take up some new hobbies that keep you indoors while still appreciating the outdoors, like bird watching! If you’ve always loved spying on those little-feathered creatures out your window, here are a few tips to help make it even more meaningful.


Getting Started

Every good bird watcher knows that having the right tools can be the start of a wonderful bird watching relationship. While you don’t need to go out and invest a lot of money, you can still get some nice equipment that will last you for many seasons. As you plan your bird watching tool kid, here are a few items you may want to keep around.


  • Binoculars
  • Field Guide
  • Bird Feeders
  • Camera
  • Bird Apps


You can find more tools that could be helpful, like a spotting scope for long distances, or a notebook to take down observations. However, bird watching can be as relaxed or as complex as you’d like to make it.

Get a Bird List

A field guide can be very beneficial, but you’ll also want to find out what birds are in your area during which times of the year. The Midwest can see a lot of different birds as they migrate north or south depending on the time of year so you could be in of quite the adventure.
We’ve referred to the Great Missouri Birding Trail to see what bird species you may expect to find throughout Missouri, see if you can collect them all!


  • Canada Goose
  • Mallard
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-Tailed Hawk
  • Bald Eagle
  • Mourning Dove
  • Barred Owl
  • Red-Bellied Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • White-Breasted Nuthatch
  • Carolina Wren
  • Black-Capped/Carolina Chickadee
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Yellow-Breasted Warbler
  • Eastern Towhee
  • American Robin
  • Northern Cardinal
  • House Finch
  • White-Throated Sparrow
  • American Goldfinch


Find the Birds

Since your goal may be to stay indoors for this chilly Missouri winter, you may want to find a way to get the birds to come to you. Thankfully, Camdenton Farm and Garden has a great supply of bird feeders for any number of bird species. Not to mention, we have the best bird seed to go with it!

Find a Birding Group

Whether you want to find one on social media or in your local community, it can be fun to get together with others who love birds as much as you. The community aspect of a birding group can not only be fun, but it can be a great way to learn more about the birds in your area, and be notified when a new one could be migrating through or an unusual bird has been spotted!


Birding at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you are ready to start bird watching at the Lake of the Ozarks, we would love to help. From getting supplies and learning the best way to set them up to learning what types of birds to watch for and what types of food they like - we are your one-stop shop. Come out to Camdenton Farm and Garden, and don’t forget that we have a great sale happening for our January White Sale! All white bird food is 10% off, but only in January!



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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

www.CamdentonFarmAndGarden.com



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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The January White Sale!

Only at Camdenton Farm and Garden can you find a January White Sale like no other. Did you know that birdseed can sometimes be all white? Birds love it, so when you're feeding the wild birds of your community, you may want to stock up now during our White Sale. Get 10% off of your purchase of our white birdseed and be all stocked for winter. Here are more details about our white bird seed that we have available.


White Millet

Millet isn't always a common birdseed, but it has great nutritional benefits. Millet is a small, starchy grain, and while it comes in many varieties the most popular is generally the white millet.

The basic nutritional components of millet seed include:

  • 12 percent protein
  • 8 percent fiber
  • 4 percent fat
  • Calcium
  • B vitamins
  • Magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorus and other trace minerals

You will also find that many birds will enjoy white millet, from small to large. Here are just a few birds that will enjoy it, although there are many more, especially when given the opportunity to try this type of birdseed:

  • Budgerigars
  • Carolina wrens
  • Dark-eyed juncos
  • Eastern towhees
  • House Finches
  • Indigo buntings
  • Mourning doves
  • Northern cardinals
  • Painted buntings
  • Pine siskins
  • Scarlet Tanagers
  • Snow buntings
  • Sparrows
  • Spotted towhees
  • Varied thrushes
  • Yellow-throated warblers
  • Pheasants, quail, and grouse

Safflower

White safflower seeds may be a bit uncommon for birders, but they are picking up in popularity quickly and becoming one of the more known bird seeds. If you've never used this type of birdseed before, you can start introducing it, and before you know it, your backyard friends will love it!

Because this isn't as popular of a birdseed it can be challenging to find if you don't know where to look. Thankfully, your local farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks stocks it regularly and you can buy it easily! Here are a few bird species that really enjoy this type of birdseed:

  • Black-capped chickadees
  • Black-headed grosbeaks
  • Blue jays
  • Carolina chickadees
  • Downy woodpeckers
  • Evening grosbeaks
  • House Finches
  • Mourning doves
  • Northern cardinals
  • Purple Finches
  • Red-bellied woodpeckers
  • Rose-breasted grosbeaks
  • Tufted titmice
  • White-breasted nuthatches

Sunflower Hearts & Chips

Sunflower hearts and chips are just the inside of the sunflower seed without the messy hulls to worry about. It can also be easier for the birds to eat this type of birdseed because they won't have to work with the hulls. They are a great combination of vitamins and minerals for your bird, along with necessary fat and fiber. The main difference between the hulled sunflower seeds and the sunflower hearts is that aside from being hulled they can seem a bit more expensive. Just remember that you won't be paying for the hull, which is a saving in itself. PLUS, if you buy your white sunflower hearts in January at Camdenton Farm and Garden you can get 10% off!


Here are a few birds that really enjoy sunflower hearts (along with many others that aren't listed):

  • American goldfinches
  • Black-capped chickadees
  • Black-headed grosbeaks
  • Carolina wrens
  • Downy woodpeckers
  • Hairy woodpeckers
  • House Finches
  • Mourning doves
  • Pine grosbeaks
  • Pine siskins
  • Red-bellied woodpeckers
  • Red-breasted nuthatches
  • Tufted titmice
  • White-breasted nuthatches
  • White-throated sparrows

If you are looking for the BEST place to stock up on birdseed in Camdenton, MO, we would be glad to serve you. We have a WIDE selection, from our top-secret house blend, Jim's Mix, to a variety of other seed, nuts and more. This is a great time to make sure that your birds are being fed, with colder temps and icy weather. Of course, now is a great time to stock up on those white favorites since we have a great discount on our white birdseed! Come out and get your favorite whites for the January White Sale - see ya soon!

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

www.CamdentonFarmAndGarden.com



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