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Edition 13.08 Yamagami's Garden Center February 21, 2013
  Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM  
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"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves."
~Mohandas K. Gandhi


Pick a Peck of Plums for Pickling!

Umeboshi, also called pickled plums, are an Asian treat harvested from Prunus mume. The fruit is then dried and pickled. Although they are frequently called plums, technically they are more closely related to apricots and thus are sometimes called Japanese Apricots. They have been used for centuries for their health benefits. Samurai warriors ate them to combat fatigue. Umeboshi are commonly used to improve digestion and prevent nausea, and as a hangover remedy. They are considered a healthy snack. The fruit is also used pickled but not dried, the juice is used, and a paste is used in sushi.

Yamagami's Nursery is pleased to offer a few different varieties of Prunus mume, some with white flowers and some with pink flowers. They are lovely spring-blooming trees. Add one to your garden, enjoy the flowers, then pickle your own Umeboshi.


All-Organic Gardner & Bloome Fertilizers!

Yamagami's is excited to announce that we are now offering natural, organic, and OMRI approved Gardner & Bloome Fertilizers, in addition to their organic soil and amendment products that we have offered for years.

Gardner & Bloome fertilizers are carefully blended of organic materials sourced from earth-friendly suppliers. We are proud to be partnered with such a green conscious company. Not only are Gardner & Bloome fertilizers earth-friendly, they are also gardener-friendly as they have been pelletized so they can all be broadcast on top of the soil instead of having to be raked in. Grow organic with Gardner & Bloome and Yamagami's Nursery.

Don't miss our FREE Grow Organic Talk with Giselle Schonniger, organic garden educator. She will discuss the importance of feeding your soil and your plants for optimum growth and a healthy planet.

Saturday, March 16th at 10 AM. Get here early for a seat. Win door prizes and have fun as you learn!


Talavera Pottery Is Here!

Come see our new shipment of Talavera Pottery from Mexico. These beautiful containers are glazed with a white background and adorned with colorful flowers and patterns.

Even when the plants inside the containers are not blooming, you have a colorful creation. They are available in many styles, sizes and shapes.

Come see our selection while it is still good!


Where There Is Hope Services
There Is Hope...

HOPE Services, founded in 1952, provides a full range of life-long services for people with developmental disabilities by facilitating their inclusion and participation in their communities. In 2006, HOPE Services started their own used bike business, which enables about thirty HOPE clients to work while acquiring new skills. Find more info about Hope Services at

Yamagami's Nursery is partnering with HOPE Services to host a Recycled Bicycle Sale on Saturday, March 2nd from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Expect a wide selection of pre-owned bikes for adults and children, all lovingly refurbished and maintained by HOPE Services' clients. Samples of sale bikes are already on display. Proceeds from the bike sale benefit HOPE Services' programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. If you have a bicycle you can donate to their program, bring it in that day. It's a win for Hope's clients, a win for recycling, and a win for those looking for a rebuilt bike at good price. Win-Win-Win!


2013 Winter Classes

Classes are outdoors in a covered area. Dress warmly and bring a cushion for your chair. Fee (unless otherwise noted) is $20, which is rebated as credit on merchandise. Early, prepaid registration is strongly suggested as many classes sell out. Walk-ins are allowed only if space is still available. Classes last between 1 and 2 hours.

Japanese Maple Pruning Class with Alan Tagami, Landscape Consultant. Learn how to bring out the natural beauty in your maples. See fee information above.

Sun., Feb. 24th at 11 AM.

Winter Fruit Tree Care with Bradley Strawhorn. Class covers pruning, dormant sprays and general care. See fee information above.

Sat., Feb. 23rd at 10 AM.

Beginning Bonsai Class/Demo with Clay Warner. Clay will guide beginners through creating a bonsai. Limited to 10 students. Fee will be $25 plus pot.

Sun., March 3rd at 11 AM.


Coming Events

March 2nd, 10 AM to 2 PM.
Recycled, refurbished Bicycle Sale to benefit Hope Services.

FREE Citrus Tasting with Generations Growers! Come sample winter-ripening citrus fruit. Talk with the grower about any questions you might have about different varieties.

Sat., March 9th, 10 AM to 2 PM

FREE Growing Organic talk with Gisele Schonniger, Organic Gardening Educator from Gardner & Bloome. Learn about the importance of building and feeding your soil as well as your plants. It's healthier for you and the planet! Door prizes and fun as you learn.

Saturday, March 16th at 10 AM.

FREE Spring Vegetable Gardens talk with Ms. Green Jeans (Carolyn Rosen). Learn what to plant and how to have it thrive! She'll cover starting seeds and container gardening. Door prizes and fun as you learn.

Sunday, March 17th at 11 AM.

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show! A fun experience for the whole family. Buy your tickets here, bring them back after the show and receive store credit in the amount of your ticket price. Wow! It's like going for free!

March 20th-24th

FREE Fruit Trees for the South Bay talk with Nancy Garrison, local fruit expert. Nancy will recommend fruit and berry varieties and their care. Door prizes and fun as you learn.

Sunday, March 24th at 11 AM


Ongoing Events

Most Fridays from 11 AM to 1 PM, Dianne Jensen can 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.


Orange Marinated Beef

What You Need

  • 4 large Navel oranges
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • Beef roast

Step by Step

  • Squeeze 3 of the oranges for 2 cups juice.
  • Combine juice with other ingredients (through ginger).
  • Add roast; Marinate roast from 2 hours to overnight.
  • Drain well.
  • Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes to sear, then reduce to 325 degrees until done (time depends on roast size).
  • For the last 15 minutes, place orange slices over top of roast.
  • Use pan juices as sauce.

Recipe from Four Winds Growers


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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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