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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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!

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251 S Business Hwy 5 Camdenton, MO

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