Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Show Your Cattle Some Appreciation

July 10th is Cow Appreciation Day - and we just have to say how much we love Missouri cattle. These large livestock provide the best dairy products, incredible meat, and are a huge asset to the community. This doesn’t come without a large amount effort and tasks on the farmer’s part though. Especially during a hot summer, cows need some special care and attention to amens sure that they don’t overheat. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you plan to appreciate your cows this summer.


Pair Breeds with Environment

One of the best ways to ensure that your livestock can handle the heat well is by focusing on breeds that are tolerant to hot temperatures. Of course, living in the Midwest means that we also get cool temps in the winter, so they’ll have to acclimate to both. Do your research before purchasing livestock and make sure that they will do well in your area. You can also touch base with local farmers to learn what breeds work well around here.

Keep Water Around

While some symptoms can be due to the extreme temperatures, others are actually just due to dehydration. Make sure that your livestock have plenty of access to water - especially cool and fresh water. You’ll also want to make sure that there is enough space for your animals to be drinking at once, since dominant animals may block others from drinking.

Provide Shady Shelters

If they are left to direct sunlight, it can be much harder on your livestock than necessary. In fact, direct sunlight can increase the risk of heatstroke by 2 to 3 degrees. Proper amounts of shade let your herd get out of the sun and can help reduce the risk of heat stroke. You don’t have to make the shady areas elaborate, simple shade structures or a place with large, mature trees can suffice perfectly.

Watch Air Circulation

Air circulation can be just as important as shade. When animals are inside a building, you can put fans indoors to help blow cool air at your livestock, but you’ll also want ventilation so that the heat doesn’t build up to a dangerous level.

Provide Ways to Cool Off

There are many ways to accomplish this, but the most popular are misting, water pools, and mud wallows. You don’t want to use cold water because it will slow cooling down and can increase the effects of heatstroke.

Serve Dinner Later

Did you know that digestion actually produces heat? No small amount either! By feeding in the evening, you can shift the heat production to a cooler time of the day, as well as free them up from activity during the hottest time of the day. Instead, they can lay around during the heat of the day and focus on staying cool. Studies have shown that heat production from feed intake will peak four to six hours after they eat.


Don’t Handle Them When It’s Hot

Finally, when it’s especially hot outside, you’ll want to limit your handling of them. Muscle movement can lead to increased body temps, which is exactly what you want to avoid during warm temps. The only good reason to move them would be if it provides better shade and water for them.

Missouri Livestock Care

We love all of our local farmers, from smaller hobby farms with only a few types of livestock to large cattlemen who have herds. At Camdenton farm and Garden, we provide the best livestock feed at the Lake of the Ozarks. We provide great prices, and can even help you access the specific brands that your cattle are used to. In fact, last year we started providing MFA feeds! Come out to the best farm store at the Lake of the Ozarks to learn more.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Caring For Your Entire Yard in Hot Temps

The temps have been hitting the 90's lately - and it's no surprise that while you enjoy hiding from the heat, your plants wish they could too. While all plants need sun, and many are quite hardy and can handle the high temps, there are a few things you can do to help your Lake of the Ozarks garden thrive even through the quickly rising temps. At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we help with all things farming and gardening, so we have a few tips to help your plants, wild birds, and landscaping survive the heat wave and thrive into fall.


Caring For Your Lawn

It can be challenging to care for your landscaping during high temps, especially if your city puts restrictions on your water usage. All the same, there are a few things you can do to help your landscape survive the hot temps and come out greener on the other side.

Set Your Mower Higher
The goal is to not cut your grass as short as you usually would. Extra height can keep your soil from drying out and keep your lawn greener longer.

Cut Regularly
While you want to keep the lawn cutter set higher, you still want to cut regularly. At least every couple of weeks to help prevent the grass from running to seed and to keep weeds from taking hold.

Don't Worry
While dry spells may keep your landscape looking dull, don't worry. As soon as rainfall returns it will green up again. There's no need to sow additional grass seed or water it daily. If you are truly worried about it, come in and talk with us. We may be able to prescribe a fertilizer to keep it going for longer.


Caring for Plants

This covers all things growing. from your vegetable garden, your border flowers, and even your container plants. All things green and growing need to be cared for properly in order to give them the best possible chance. It's important to ensure that the plants have enough access to water when the weather is dry as they can become weak and more at risk of pests and disease damaging them.

Water at the Right Time
It's important to not water during the hottest part of the day. This can use the most water because more evaporation can occur. It can also cause heat spots from the sun reflecting on the droplets on the plant's leaves. You can use several different types of watering, from irrigation to doing it by hand. No matter what you choose, just make sure the water is getting to the roots and not just being wasted on the leaves.

Your Container Garden
Be sure to water your potted plants thoroughly and regularly. You can also place them in a tray or sauce. When the water drains through it will collect at the bottom and can then be reabsorbed by the plant. You don't want to leave containers in saucers during the wet spells though. Don't forget to put your plants in a nice shady spot as well so they won't get scorched!

Pick Produce Regularly
Ripe produce consumes a lot of water. Keep picking through the summer months to help keep from putting such a strain on the plant. Of course, root crops are a little different, and they can stay in the ground until you're ready to use them. But for the others, you'll want to farm them as quickly as possible.


Caring for Wildlife

Do you have any wildlife in your yard? Perhaps water gardens or wild birds that use the bird bath? You'll want to think about them during these hot summer months!

Check the Pond
Make sure that the water level is topped off where necessary to help pond life and reduce the likelihood of small animals falling in while getting a drink. You can also put a branch or plank in to help any small animals that find themselves unexpectedly swimming.

Keep an Eye on the Birds
If you have a birdbath, you'll want to make sure and keep fresh water in it. It can be challenging for birds to find fresh water during dry spells, so a bird bath is a wonderful way to help. Also, if you still have your hummingbird feeders out, it's important to make sure that the nectar is changed regularly. The sugar in their food can go bad quickly when the temps are as warm as they are.


Gardening at the Lake of the Ozarks

For all things green and growing, we hope that you can rely on your local farm and garden store at the Lake of the Ozarks for all of the help you need. We have supplies, tools, plants, and a great knowledge base for when you have questions. Give us a call to see if we have what you're looking for, or stop by!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Six Easy Plants to Grow

Gardening has some wonderful benefits. It’s relaxing, can provide food if you grow a vegetable garden, or flowers for bouquets if you prefer that type. The only downside is that if you’ve never gardened before, you may wonder if you even have a green thumb! It’s true that certain plants can require a bit of care and may need more maintenance than others, but SOME plants can be quite easy to grow! At your garden store in Camdenton, MO, we can help you find the perfect plant for your garden - big or small! Here are a few ideas to get you started, these can be some of the easiest plants to grow!



To Eat

For some, gardening is all about getting produce to eat! It can be a very fulfilling task to go out to your garden and harvest fresh veggies and herbs to then serve on your table. Some veggies may require a bit more gardening knowledge, but most are quite easy! Here are a few we think you would love trying out. Don’t forget, if you have any questions about growing these plants - the Plant Doctor at Camdenton Farm and Garden would love to be of assistance!



Tomatoes
There’s nothing quite like fresh tomatoes from the garden. People will pay a pretty penny to get their hands on these at the farmer’s market, so if you can grow them on your own, it will be a summer specialty! They are pretty easy, so as long as they have plenty of sun and some compost, you’ll be set! Don’t forget that you can get the compost at the Lake of the Ozarks right here at our store!

Beans
Green beans can be a family favorite when they’ve been picked straight off of the bush or pole. Fresh green beans are quite the delicacy, and it can be a fun family tradition to sit around on the porch and snap beans if you want to can them. A little sun and water can go a long way for green beans!

Basil
Have you ever tried fresh pesto made from basil that was just picked from a nice sunny spot? It will leave you speechless. You can chop up the leaves and put them right on top of a pizza, or toss it into a pizza sauce. It’s packed full of flavor, and such an easy plant to grow. Put your basil in a nice sunny spot, keep the flowers pinched, and your basil plant will produce bountifully for you.

To Look At

If your gardening goal is to have beautiful flowers all around your yard, that can easily be achieved! You can create a cutting garden so that you always have fresh flowers in your home, or you can strictly plant flowers beds to look at and appreciate from your porch. Either way, with a few tips, and some easy plants, you’ll be well on your way to creating a garden filled with beautiful blooms.



Sunflowers
These bright and sunny blooms can be such an easy flower to grow, especially for kids! It’s so fun to watch as they grow taller and taller through the summer season, and eventually get even taller than they do! Some varieties can even grow up to 14 foot or more - making them quite the sight to behold. Sunflowers (obviously) love sunny, but sheltered soil, and if you support the stems, they’ll get even taller.

Marigolds
Marigolds are another popular favorite among kids. The seeds can grow very quickly so it won’t be long until you see the “fruits of your labors.” You can get tall varieties for the border, and smaller ones for beds and pots. Marigolds love sunny, fertile, well-drained soil. FUN FACT! You can plant French marigolds with your tomato plants to help repel blackly and greenfly!

Sweet Peas
These lovely flowers are pretty and fragrant, they are irresistible in your garden spaces. You can sow seeds directly into the ground, but if this sounds like too much of a challenge for your new green thumb, you can buy plants as well. They love a nice sunny spot with some support like a teepee, fence or arch - and plenty of water! The only thing to be aware of is that mice love to eat sweet pea seeds and young plants so you may want to cover them to keep them safe as they start. You can even use a cut-off plastic bottle to cover them!


Plants at the Lake of the Ozarks

Gardening is a long-time, loved hobby among many people. If you’ve never tried it for yourself, this is the perfect summer to do so! Before you know it, you’ll be a gardening addict, with a bright green thumb, and beautiful plants to enjoy and appreciate every single day. If you aren’t sure where to start, or what tools you need to get going - stop by! At Camdenton Farm and Garden, we can not only supply you with gardening tools at the Lake of the Ozarks, but we can show you how to use them to make your garden grow. Stop by and see us! We’d love to show you how much we love gardening and inspire you to do the same.

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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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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

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