FEATURED QUOTE :
"I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error."
~Sara Stein, My Weeds, 1988
Yes, you can grow avocados here and many people do! Location, location, location
is of utmost importance. Even the hardiest of avocado trees do not enjoy frost.
Against a heat-retaining wall is the most protected--thus best place for your
tree. As to which variety to plant, well, that is a matter of what you like to
eat, balanced with your location, and how much frost protection you are willing
or able to provide.
In our area, there are two main strains grown successfully: the Mexican varieties
(example: 'Jim Bacon') and the predominantly Guatemalan (example:'Hass') varieties. The
Mexican varieties are thin-skinned and hardier while the Guatemalans tend to
be thick-skinned and more frost-tender. Yamagami's offers both strains. As our
area has hugely fluctuating weather, avocado flowers do not open all at once
and the "A" and "B" types do not make any difference in fruiting, so we have no need to have both types present. However, good pollination IS very important. Plant bee-attracting plants near
your avocado tree to encourage vigorous pollinator activity. For specific avocado
varietal information and even a guacamole recipe, consult our Avocado
Saturday, March 24th, at 10 AM, Nancy Garrison, our leading local
avocado expert, will talk about successful avocados for our area. Space is limited.
$20 fee is rebated as a coupon for merchandise. Call us at (408) 252-3347 to
Come to Yamagami's and learn how to "guac" successfully!
Ruben's Picks: Tomato Season Begins!
first of our amazing tomato selections are starting to arrive. More varieties
will be arriving throughout April and well into May. With over 100 varieties
to choose from, there is something perfect for every garden. We will offer dozens
of heirloom varieties and dozens of organically grown plants. See
our entire list (pdf) here.
In addition to the listed varieties, we are also offering 7 varieties grafted
onto Mighty 'Mato rootstock for greater disease resistance and bigger harvests.
These plants will be resistant to viruses, blights and blossom end rot. They
will also show greater vigor so that not only will they bear more fruit, but
it will taste better too! The 7 varieties are: 'Amish Paste,' 'Black Krim,' 'Early
Girl,' 'San Marzano,' 'Stupice,' 'Sun Sugar,' and 'Sweet Million.' We encourage
you to try your own side-by-side test and see for yourself!
planting the early, smaller tomatoes or cherry tomatoes first, as they are generally
more tolerant of the cooler spring weather. 'Stupice' or 'Early Girl' are good
varieties for early planting. It's still a good idea to protect those young plants
from cold with red mulch and row cover or a frost cover to keep them warm. John
and Bob's Soil Optimizer is a good source of humic acid that helps
young plants develop even in cooler temperatures. Plan on adding large, later-ripening
varieties, like 'Beefsteak,' as the season progresses.
We recommend planting more than one variety since our summer weather can
best be described as erratic. Include at least one of the following which will
bear fruit no matter how cool or erratic our summer weather might be: 'Stupice,'
'Early Girl,' 'Celebrity,' 'Taxi' or any cherry type. We have just received an
early-ripening Russian heirloom variety, 'Koralik,' that should do well here.
Check our stock frequently for exciting new additions. Attend a FREE talk on Tomato Growing Tips
by staff members Carolyn Villa-Scott or Grace Olson.
See Coming Events for dates and times. Depend on Yamagami's Nursery not only for the best plants
and advice, but also for our terrific growing supplies. We are here so that you
will succeed...the first time!
Plant For Success: Amend, Fortify and Mulch Your Soil
The best gardens start from the ground up. Most of the soil in our area is
alkaline clay with drainage issues. Yamagami's Planting Guides are written with
that in mind.
We suggest you start by turning your soil and digging in soil amendments
to allow water and air into the root zone of plants. Bark products have the benefit
of also being acidic, which helps counteract the native alkalinity. Gardner & Bloome products
are all-organic and include many beneficial nutrient sources, The texture of
the wood particles serves to make space between the compacted clay particles
to improve drainage. As the amenments break down in the soil, they provide humic
Clay soils tend to be nitrogen deficient. We recommend Dr. Earth
Fertilizers to fortify your garden, because they too are all-organic.
They break down slowly so that nutrients are not wasted by leaching out or running
off and the plant gets the full benefit. They also contain beneficial soil microbes,
which enable plant roots to utilize fertilizers efficiently.
Mulching may be the most important component of healthy soil. It protects
roots from heat in summer, provides nutrients as it breaks down, suppresses weeds
and conserves water. Mulching is not just important to new plantings, it is invaluable
for established plants too. It makes a world of difference to Japanese maples,
citrus and other trees and shrubs. Gardner & Bloome Soil Building
Compost is a great, economical choice that also contains beneficial
See our How to Get the Most from Your Soil guide for
more specific recommendations. We want you to succeed the first time--and every time!
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Follow us on facebook and take advantage of our Wednesday ONLY facebook specials.
Examples of deals you've already missed are: 50% OFF Fruit Trees, 50% OFF
Roses, 50 % OFF Sunday Afternoon Hats, and 50% OFF Cyclamen.
Check our page every Tuesday afternoon for the latest announcement. You'll also find news of
new arrivals, garden updates and photos. Check
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Time to get those summer-blooming bulbs planted ! If you haven't gotten any
yet, come in while we still have a good selection.
Tuberous begonias are showstoppers
in the shade garden! Their huge velvety flowers in brilliant colors are a delight
to the eye. Plant them in containers or in the ground.
Calla lilies, canna lilies and gladiolas are all available for vertical elements in the border. A treat
for the nose is a clump of Tuberose. Prized all over the world for their intoxicating
fragrance, tuberoses are easy to grow in a warm spot.
Follow our Spring Bulb Guide for complete planting
instructions. Those funny looking bulbs will transform into amazing flowers in
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.
21st 11 AM – 3 PM
Cupertino's 4th Annual Earth Day Festival at
Cupertino Civic Center Plaza. Preston Oka and Brittany Lambert will be representing
Yamagami’s Nursery and handing out FREE Smiles in the form of 'Bubble Gum
Pink' Supertunias. Limited supply, so get there early!
Yamagami's Nursery is donating 5% of our sales to Washington Open
Elementary School in Santa Clara to benefit their
gardening program. Come shop that day and help support this vital educational
experience for kids.
March 24th at 10 AM
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
Early, prepaid registration is strongly suggested . Walk-ins are allowed
only if space is still available. Register by phone at (408) 252-3347.
31st at 10 AM and 2PM
Tips for Tomato Success! Staff Member Carolyn
Villa-Scott shares tips for growing bountiful tomato harvests and answers your
|| Sunday, April 1st
at 11 AM
Tips for Tomato Success! Staff MemberGrace
Olson shares tips for growing bountiful tomato harvests and answers your questions.
|| Saturday, April
7th at 10 AM
Tips for Tomato Success! Staff MemberCarolyn
Villa-Scott shares tips for growing bountiful tomato harvests and answers your
Saturday, April 14th -
Proven Winners Color Planting Demo,
details to come.
||Sunday, April 15th
at 11 AM
Tips for Tomato Success! Staff MemberGrace Olson shares
tips for growing bountiful tomato harvests and answers your questions. FREE
|| Sunday, April 21st
at 10 AM
Specialty Citrus Talk with Aaron Dillon of Four Winds Growers. Learn
about yuzus, sorrento lemons, Thai lime leaf, limettas, Palestinian sweet limes
and more! $20 fee returned as coupon for merchandise. Walk-ins
are allowed only if space is still available. Register by phone at (408)
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!
- 2 lb. potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 6 tbsp. whole milk
- 1 stick butter, cubed
- 1 tbsp. butter for the sauce
- Salt and ground black pepper
- 1/2 tbsp. lard or dripping
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup finely diced carrots (see substitutions below)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 cups ground or minced lamb
- 1 3/4 cups beef stock
- 1 cup chopped white mushrooms
- 2 tbsp. finely chopped flat leaf parsley
- 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (if you can get an Irish cheddar, by all means, do!)
- Vegetables: you can also use peas, corn, mixed veggies...if you use frozen veggies, thaw first. Canned veggies are not recommended.
- If you don't like mushrooms, add another cup of veggies.
- You may substitute ground beef for the lamb--but then it's a Cottage Pie, not a Shepherd's Pie.
Step by Step:
- Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Boil the potatoes until soft; then drain into a colander.
- Place the milk and butter in the pan used to boil the potatoes, return to the heat and warm gently until the butter has melted.
- Add the potatoes and mash. Salt and pepper to taste and keep to one side.
- Melt the lard or dripping in a large deep pan.
- Add the onion and carrot and fry for 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
- Add the ground lamb and one-third of the beef stock to the onion and carrot mixture and cook, stirring constantly until all the meat is browned.
- Add the remaining stock, parsley and mushrooms, season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and cook for 15 minutes.
- Mash the flour into the remaining 1 tbsp. butter then add in small pieces to the ground meat sauce, stirring until all the flour has dissolved and the sauce has thickened slightly, approx. 5 mins (use more or less flour to adjust to your desired consistency).
- Place the meat and sauce into an 8" X 3" deep ceramic of glass baking dish and cover with the mashed potato.
- Sprinkle the grated cheese on top of the potato and bake in the heated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the surface is crisp and browned.
- Serve immediately
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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, yamagamisnursery.com
for help in making your yard into a beautiful garden.
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