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Edition 12.40 Yamagami's Garden Center October 4, 2012
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM  
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"The watering of a garden requires as much judgment as the seasoning of a soup."
~Helena Rutherford Ely


A Deal Made In The Shade!
30% OFF Shade Trees
(15 gallon and up)

Now, while the memory of the searing summer sun is still fresh, is the time to plant shade trees. You may have noticed that Yamagami's is starting to offer more larger-sized trees for instant landscape gratification. Fall planting is the easiest time for these larger trees to get established. Be sure to follow our FREE Tree Planting Guide for guaranteed success. Staking, watering and soil prep are all important for healthy tree transplanting. Come see our assortment of larger trees and let one of our Nursery Pros help you find the right trees for your garden.

30% OFF all shade trees in a 15 gallon can (and larger) runs for the entire month of October.


Ruben's Fall Veggie Picks

It's time to get your cool season veggies planted for spring harvest. Fall veggies include root crops, generally sown by seed directly into the ground; leaf and flower crops (including broccoli, cabbage, spinach, etc.), which can be planted by seed or starts; and peas (including snow peas, snap peas and shelling peas) which also can be planted by seed or starts. There are lots of variety choices even within every type. Here are a few of Ruben's favorite leaf and flower crops currently in stock as starts.

'Gypsy' Broccoli is a newer tasty hybrid grown for its sturdiness and tolerance of occasional heat spells. It has medium sized heads and stems and produces lots of side shoots.

'Vitaverde' Cauliflower has green heads that are creamy white on the inside and keep their colors when cooked. More than just another pretty head, they are tasty and sturdy plants.

'Santorini' Spinach has great flavor and texture. It is dark green, fast-growing and bolt-resistant (heat tolerant). You can harvest it young for "baby" spinach or harvest it mature; it will be tender and tasty either way.

Come in for these varieties (and many more) for your fall veggie garden. Ruben works hard to offer the best varieties for our area.

Don't miss our FREE Fall Veggie Class on Saturday, October 6th at 11 AM with Ms. Green Jeans herself, Carolyn Rosen. Also present will be Start Organic, a company that installs organic raised bed gardens. Let us help you get growing!


Sweet Pea Bliss

Sweet Peas are sweet, sweet in the garden, sweet in bouquets, and very often sweetly scented. Planted by seed now, Sweet Peas will begin to blossom in early spring. If you would like super early blossoms, look for early blooming varieties like 'Regal Robe', 'Chiffon Elegance' and 'Zinfandel' offered by Renee's Garden.

In addition to early Sweet Pea varieties, Renee's Garden offers seeds of antique varieties, bouquet varieties, dwarf varieties, and varieties chosen especially for their fragrance. By planting a combination of varieties, one can have Sweet Peas blooming from winter into summer, even in containers. Sweet Pea bliss! For best results follow the Renee's Garden's directions at:

Come in to pick up your Sweet Pea seeds and while you are here, be sure to look at the new additions to organic seeds at Renee's Garden. All of her seeds are test-grown in the Santa Cruz mountains so you know they will all thrive here!


20% OFF Flats of Groundcover!

It's the perfect time to plant groundcovers. They will root in now, then spring forth in spring. They will keep the soil from eroding in the rain and reduce the amount of mud. When planting, be sure to space the plants properly so they have room to grow. The closer you plant, the taller the plants will get and their roots will not have the room they need to spread. See our Flower and Groundcover Spacing Guide for spacing tips.

Tips for success: Prepare your soil with Gardner & Bloome Planting Mix and Dr. Earth All Purpose Fertilizer. Mulch with Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost in between the young plants to keep mud from splashing over them. Use Preen after you plant to keep weed seeds from sprouting and growing in the spaces between the plants. You'll end up with a tidy, attractive area that will become a carpet next year.

Groundcovers for part shade or morning sun and afternoon shade:
Bowles Blue Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
Dalmatian Bellflower (Campanula muralis)

Vinca Minor

Groundcovers for part or mostly sun:
Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma)
Candytuft (Iberis)
Ornamental Strawberry
Veronica repens


Groundcovers for full sun:
Elfin Thyme
Green Carpet (Herniaria)
Pink and Purple Floribunda Iceplant
Wooly Thyme



Coming Events

Sat., October 6th at 11 AM.
Fall Veggie Gardens From Soil To Harvest with Ms. Green Jeans, Carolyn Rosen, FREE. Also present will be Start Organic, a company that installs organic raised-bed gardens.

Sat., October 13th at 10 AM
Basic Canning Demo with Brendan McGuigan. Learn how to preserve your harvest. FREE.

Sun., October 21st, at 10 AM
Free Garden Talk in Mandarin on Basic Gardening. Presented by Mr. Xu of SOH FM 92.3.

Sat., October 27 at 10 AM
Best Fruit Trees for the Silicon Valley with Nancy Garrison. FREE. Learn which fruit varieties perform best in our area. It is also the last weekend to order bareroot trees (SOFT).

Mon., Nov. 5th: Store hours change to 9 AM to 5:00 PM.


Ongoing Events

Most Fridays from 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!

Call ahead (408) 252-3347 to make sure Dianne is here.


Acorn Squash Galette

What You Need

  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup butter (chilled, cut in small pieces)
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons carbonated water (chilled)
  • 1 acorn squash (peeled, seeded, halved)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 cups Gruyere or Maytag Bleu cheese (grated or crumbled)
  • 1 large onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Mixed greens

Step by Step

For the dough:
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the flour and butter with your fingers until the butter is just mixed in throughout the flour.
  • Add the chilled water 1 tablespoon at a time and mix it into the flour mixture with your fingers.
  • Use just enough water so that the dough just comes together.
  • Gather the dough into a ball and wrap in parchment paper.
  • Set it aside in the refrigerator or until ready to use.
For the filling:
  • Cut the acorn squash into thin slices.
  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Add the sliced squash and 1/4 cup water, cook until the squash is soft and cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  • Add the heavy cream to the pan halfway through, about 5 minutes into the process.
  • Remove the squash from the pan and set aside in a bowl to cool. Once the squash has cooled, toss together with the cheese.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in the pan. Add the sliced onion and sugar and cook over low heat about 30 minutes, until the onion has browned and caramelized.
  • After the onion has cooked, divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and let cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature for about 10 minutes.
  • Cut the dough into 6 equal portions.
  • Take each portion and roll it out into a small circle, about 3 inches in diameter. The dough does not have to be rolled out perfectly evenly--a galette is a rustic, free-form tart.
  • In the center of each galette, place a portion of the cooled caramelized onion and squash mixture.
  • Create an edge to the galette by folding the edges of the pastry up towards the center and pressing down gently.
  • Don't cover the filling with the pastry.
  • Place the pastries onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 25 minutes until the crust is lightly browned.
  • Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil and kosher salt over each galette.
  • Serve slightly warm with mixed greens.
Serves 6

Recipe from Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association


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