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Edition 12.30 Yamagami's Garden Center July 26, 2012
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"How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!"
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Seedless Grapes For The Garden!

There has been a surge of interest in growing grapes in the home garden. Not only do they produce great tasting fruit, but they can also provide an excellent, heat-loving alternative to flowering vines on fences, arbors, and gazebos. Grape vines are an excellent way to create shade too, either by blocking the sun from the side or filtering it from overhead.

Grapes are sun-loving, deep-rooted vines. Once established, they need deep but infrequent watering. Good aeration is important in preventing powdery mildew. Since grapes are rampant growers, prune them regularly.

Basic winter pruning is simple. The coarser bark of old wood is easily recognizable. Follow the growing tip back to the older wood from the year before. Then come forward, leaving four to five buds, and prune the rest of the branch off. Remove all the weak, thin shoots and leave only the strongest shoots to develop. Flowers from these shoots precede the development of fruit. Grapes will grow on the new wood that comes from these pruned shoots. During the summer, keep your vine tidy by pruning shoots back to the third or fourth leaf (after fruiting). Remove any new growth. Also, remove all leaves around growing fruit clusters to give the fruit maximum sun.

Many homeowners harvest grapes too early, pulling grapes off the vine when they begin to color. This is a mistake because coloring, known as "veraison" (meaning the onset of ripening), occurs weeks before the grapes are actually ripe. Grapes need time to attain a good sugar content and acid balance. It pays to sample your grapes a few times before you harvest them.

Growing grapes in the backyard or garden can be a rewarding experience if done correctly.

Yamagami's currently offers the following seedless table grapes:
'Black Monukka'
'Ruby Seedless'
'Thompson Seedless'

'Black Monukka'



Ruben's Picks For Heat-Loving Color:

Tuberous Begonias and New Verbenas

One of the joys of hot summer shade gardens are the huge velvety blossoms of tuberous begonias. Radiant colors and high drama are their allure. They bloom well into fall, die back, then come up the next year to grow and glow all over again. Keep them in pots so you can store them away, out of sight, during the winter. Come in to see our selection.

Garden Tip: It is the male flowers with all the petals that are the showiest. The female flowers are single and have a triangular base. Pick the female flowers off regularly to prevent seed production. This keeps the plant producing both genders of flowers in its attempt to set seed.

Verbenas are true heat and sun lovers! Their only drawback is a tendency towards powdery mildew, especially if crowded or in an area with poor air circulation.

The Aztec™ series was developed to be exceptionally mildew-resistant, with vibrantly colored blossoms.

Currently, Yamagami's offers Aztec™ 'Velvet Blue' and Aztec™ 'Burgundy.' Both grow 8" to 10" tall and 12" to 18" wide with blooms from late spring well into fall. Their rich, jewel-toned blossoms glow in the garden.

Come in to see our great selection of heat-loving color and let your garden glow!

Aztec™ 'Velvet Blue'

Aztec™ 'Burgundy'

Tammy's Gift Pick: Light-Reflecting Metal Wall Art

Come see this beautiful wall art that almost appears 3-D.

These fanciful pieces are created with a special process that fuses colors on the metal, giving each one incredible clarity and vibrancy. They are crafted in the USA of 18 gauge steel, powder-coated and fused for use indoors or out. They hold up to the weather without fading or flaking in the sun.

Choose from several designs from nature including birds, dragonflies, butterflies and more. They are perfect for dressing up a garden shed or fence.

Coming Events


Saturday, August 4th from 10 AM to 2 PM
Bearded Iris Rhizome Sale

Find some real beauties at great prices! Rhizomes are from members of the Clara B. Rees Iris Society who will be on hand to talk about digging and dividing Iris and their culture. All sales benefit CBRIS.

Saturday, August 11th, 10 AM to Noon
Fruit Tasting with Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery

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!

Gardening for a Second Season.

Gardening for a Second Season

Mid to late summer is an ideal time to plant seeds for a second gardening season that can be as productive as your major early spring plantings.

For a delicious and very nutritious cornucopia of fall meals, late summer is the time to plant juicy lettuces, the cool-season aromatic herbs - dill, garlic chives, chervil, cilantro, arugula, and parsley; hearty greens like chard or kale; baby pak choi, and other Oriental greens; carrots, beets, leeks, peas, green onion, spinach, radishes, fennel and all the cabbage and broccoli family members.

Late-planted crops have less competition from weeds and pests and grow beautifully with less garden work. You'll have great harvests in time for Thanksgiving and many crops will hold perfectly through the low light winter months without bolting to seed or becoming bitter tasting.

It may seem odd to be starting new seeds when a lot of your summer produce, like squash and tomatoes are still cranking, but it's well worth the effort. For reliable harvests in cooler weather, seedlings must have good initial growth and well-established root systems. The goal is to have fully grown, ready-to-pick plants that basically store themselves in the garden throughout the fall, so you can pick them as you need them over a long, sustained harvest season.

Start seeds in containers or in a garden area with dappled sun or light shade -- wherever seeds can germinate comfortably out of the hot sun but still get plenty of light after seedlings are well-established. Transplant into well-prepared, moist soil in the evening, so they will have the advantage of cooler night temperatures to settle in and minimize shock. If daytime temperatures are still in the high 80's, shelter your newly transplanted seedlings with row cover or shade cloth for a few days so they can adjust to heat and sun.

Vegetables and Herbs for Second Season Planting:







Broccoli Raab




Mesclun Mixes



Pak Choi







Bronze Fennel






This article and information from Renee Shepard of Shepherd Garden Seeds is reprinted with permission (and our gratitude).

NOTE: All 2012 flower and vegetable seed in stock is 50% OFF through August. The 2013 seeds arrive in September, so stock up now!

Glazed Cornish Game Hens with Cantaloupe Cucumber Salad

What You Need

  • 2 Cornish game hens
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons Asian chili sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar (packed)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 small cantaloupe
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 English cucumber

Step by Step

  • Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. Season the hens all over with salt and pepper, place on a rack in a roasting pan and roast 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, whisk the chili sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, olive oil and 2 teaspoons salt in a measuring cup to dissolve the sugar. Set half of the mixture aside in a bowl for the salad.
  • Baste the hens with some of the remaining dressing, then rotate the pan and continue to cook until the hens are golden and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 160 degrees F--about 20 more minutes.
  • Meanwhile, peel and thinly slice the cantaloupe and shallot. Peel the cucumber, then halve lengthwise, seed and thinly slice. Toss the cantaloupe, shallot and cucumber with the reserved dressing.
  • Divide the salad among plates. Use kitchen shears to cut each hen in half and place one half on each plate. Drizzle the pan juices over the hens and salad.
Servings: 4

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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,

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