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Edition 12.10 Yamagami's Garden Center March 8, 2012
Spring hours:
9 AM to 6 PM, beginning March 12

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"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed."

~Francis Bacon

Growing And Curing Your Own Olives

Olive trees are the quintessential Mediterranean garden plant. Their handsome shape and tolerance of our climate and soil make olive trees the perfect choice for water-wise landscapes. Many folks opt for fruitless varieties, then turn around and buy their favorite olives at the market. Why? Why not grow your own! Curing olives can be easier than you might think. The easiest method is called "water curing." It does not require any specialized equipment.

Phillip Manela, a local gardener, followed a recipe called "Mediterranean Style Cracked Olives" from the UC Davis Guide for the first time last year and is thrilled with the results. Pictured here is a bowl of his home-cured harvest of Picholine olives. His one tip for curing: It took longer than the 6 to 7 recommended days of soaking before he was satisfied with the taste.

Yamagami's Nursery is currently offering several varieties of fruiting olive trees, each with its own fans. Undecided? Sample the wares at an olive bar, then decide how you wish to cure--Spanish, French, Italian or Greek style. Come to Yamagami's for all your fruit trees and the information you need to succeed.

Note: Olive fruit flies have attacked local olive trees. If you are growing olives to cure, Yamagami's suggests you use the ISCA Ball Trap to give you early warning of their presence.

Amy's Garden Pick: Gilmour Weeper Soaker Hose

Be water-wise and have a healthy, lush garden at the same time. Gilmour Weeper Soaker Hose provides gentle, even, and efficient watering suitable for new plantings as well as established trees and anything in between. It works best with low water pressure for even coverage at both hose ends. Since water runs off our clay soils easily, slow gentle watering is the best way to ensure deep watering for the whole rootball.

Flexible and easy to use, Gilmour Weeper Soaker Hose is flat so it stays better where placed and is easier to cover with mulch than round hoses. It is the perfect solution for deep watering of established fruit trees. Save water, save money on water bills and have a healthier garden with Gilmour Weeper Soaker Hose.

Featured Fruit: Persian Green Plums

Persian Green Plums are a Middle-Eastern favorite. Usually they are picked green and enjoyed tart and crunchy. Often they are salted as "goje sabz." Another traditional preparation is to cook them, either by themselves or with sour cherries.

If allowed to ripen, they do get sweet and juicy.

Ruben's Garden Pick: Strawberries!

Add some berry tasty treats--strawberries--to your garden this year. We have just received a fresh shipment of three varieties. Plant all three for a prolonged harvest or plant just one variety if you have homemade jam in mind. Plant them in full sun for best fruit production. They grow well in containers, even hanging pots!

Follow our Strawberry Guide for guaranteed success!

Bears medium-sized, conical, firm fruit with excellent flavor all summer long. New, from UC Davis. Disease resistant.

Patented, spring-bearing variety. Fruit is a flat wedge shape. Glossy, very firm skin with very firm flesh. Good dessert and freezing quality. Plants are semi-erect and runner production is excellent.

Everbearing strawberry with large, red, cone-shaped, exceptionally flavorful strawberries. Produces a crop in spring and then again at six-week intervals throughout the summer and into fall.

Early Warning Tools: Insect Traps

Yamagami's offers several pest traps to provide early warnings of potential problems. Pest infestations can be controlled so much more easily and effectively with this information. If traps begin to fill rapidly, it is a clear signal that a quick responsive treatment is called for! Traps most recommended are:

• Sticky Whitefly Traps for tomato plants, other veggies, and hibiscus.

• ISCA Ball Traps for spotted wing fruit fly for plums, cherries, and grapes. This trap also works well for the olive fruit fly.

• Codling Moth Traps to prevent wormy apples and pears. Ideally they should be up two weeks before the trees start to bloom.

Be on the lookout for garden thugs and prevent an invasion.

Coming Events

Monday, March 12

Yamagami’s store hours go to 9 AM to 6 PM daily.

March 17, 10 AM to 2 PM.
Do more than wear the green, live green! Recycled, refurbished Bicycle Sale to benefit Hope Services.

March 21st – 25th
San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.
Get your tickets here, bring them back after the show and receive store credit for their purchase price. Note: Ticket price goes from $16 to $20 on March 12th.

2012 Spring Classes

Saturday, March 24th
Avocado Trees For Silicon Valley with Nancy Garrison. Learn which varieties will perform best for you in your garden from the area’s leading expert. $20 fee returned as coupon for merchandise. Early, prepaid registration is strongly suggested . Walk-ins are allowed only if space is still available. Register by phone at (408) 252-3347.

Ongoing Events

Friday mornings, 11 AM to 1 PM

Come let Dianne Jensen guide you through the design and planting process of creating your own colorful container gardens and salad bowls. All you pay for is the plants and container; the soil, fertilizer and instruction are FREE!

Strawberry Asparagus Salad

What You Need

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion (grated)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 pound asparagus (trimmed)
  • 1 pint strawberries (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese (crumbled)

Step by Step

  • In a jar with tight-fitting lid, combine the sugar, vinegar, sesame seeds, onion, salt if desired, paprika and Worcestershire sauce; shake until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the oil; shake well. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
  • In a skillet, cook the asparagus in a small amount of water until crisp-tender, about 6-8 minutes; drain well.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • Arrange the asparagus and strawberries on a serving plate; sprinkle with blue cheese if desired.
  • Pour the dressing over all. Serve with a slotted spoon.

Servings: 8

Recipe from Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association -


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Since 1948, Yamagami's Nursery has been committed to the promotion of beauty and the plants, products and friendly, professional support needed to attain and maintain that Beauty. In my parents' footsteps (and Taro Yamagami's before them), I promise to continue that tradition. I invite you to visit us in the nursery and on our website, for help in making your yard into a beautiful garden.
Thanks for visiting,

Preston Oka

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