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Edition 13.10 Yamagami's Garden Center March 7, 2013
  Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM  

Beginning March 11,
store hours are 9 AM to 6 PM

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

~Francis Bacon


Hot Seed News from
Renee's Garden Seed!

What's the hot news in seed these days? We're thrilled that in addition to the hard to find, super-hot Ghost Pepper seed (Bhut Jolokia) , we have just received seed for Trinidad Scorpion Pepper!

According to the New Mexico State University Chile Institute, the Trinidad Scorpion Pepper ranks as high as 2,009,231 SHU on the Scoville scale, making it the hottest chili pepper in the world to date. Yikes!

The previous world's hottest pepper, Ghost Pepper, entered the Guinness World's records in 2007. At over 1,000,000 Scoville units, it is nearly twice as hot as the infamous Red Savina. Yikes again!

In either case, they are hotter than you can imagine! Seeds for these incendiary varieties are limited, so if you like it hot, come in right away!




Spring Kick-Off

Kick off your spring gardening at Yamagami's Nursery! Spring officially starts March 21st, and our Spring Fling begins on March 16th, with specials and classes. Successful gardening starts with healthy soil, so we start there too.

Saturday, March 16th at 10 AM, attend "Grow Organic," a FREE class led by Gisele Schoniger, Organic Gardening Educator from Gardner & Bloome. Learn the importance of feeding your soil so it can feed you! G & B is our source of natural and organic soil amendments and fertilizers and they are committed to a healthier planet and a healthier you. Gisele will discuss growing food and flowers in the ground as well as in raised beds and containers. Fun and door prizes as you learn!

Starting Saturday, March 16th is our popular Buy 3, Get 1 Free Sale on G & B Harvest Supreme and G & B Planting Mix. They are both all natural and organic! Harvest Supreme is the perfect soil amendment for your vegetable garden, for annual flowers and a great mulch for fruit trees. G & B Planting Mix is an ideal soil amendment for planting fruit trees and other woody shrubs and trees. This is your chance to stock up and save!

Also starting Saturday, March 16th is a Buy 3, Get 1 Free Sale on organically grown cool-season tomatoes. Come see our examples of how to dress cool-season tomato plants for success!

Sunday, March 17th at 11 AM, attend " Spring Vegetable Gardening" led by Mrs. Green Jeans (Carolyn Rosen). Learn about seed starting and growing vegetables in the ground, as well as in raised beds and containers. Bring her your vegetable-growing questions. She will also discuss which vegetables grow well here. Fun and door prizes as you learn! Class is FREE!

Saturday, March 23rd at 10 AM, attend a FREE talk by Steve Morrill, of Monrovia, introducing 'Raspberry Shortcake,' the new dwarf thornless raspberry, and other edible garden treats for 2013. Look for a special offer on Monrovia berries. Fun and door prizes as you learn!

Sunday, March 24th at 11 AM, attend "Fruit Gardening," a FREE class with Nancy Garrison, local fruit guru. Nancy has her own extensive backyard orchard, is the past President of the Rare Fruit Growers and, as a UC Co-op Extension officer, developed the Master Gardner Program for Santa Clara County. She will recommend varieties and discuss how to incorporate fruits into any size garden. Fun and door prizes as you learn!


Early Tomato Planting:
Dress for Success!

Spring fever starts early for the garden lover, and folks ask for tomato plants on the first sunny day in January. Sunny days even in late February can easily be followed by frost the next day. So when do we recommend planting tomatoes? Unless you have a greenhouse, we recommend starting when you are willing and able to dress your tomatoes for success, OR wait until mid-April when the night temperatures are 50 degrees F. The first of Yamagami's tomatoes will arrive March 14th. They will be early varieties, many of them from areas with short, cool growing seasons. This gives them an edge, but you should give them an even greater edge by dressing them for success.

Season Starter (Wall o' Water) is a wall of water-filled tubes that warm up during the day, then radiate that heat all night, protecting the young plant from the chill. Season Starter also warms up the soil directly around the new seedlings, enabling them to get established more quickly. Install one around all your early plantings of tomatoes and peppers for a head start. You can leave them on the entire growing season and re-use them for many years.

Dress your early tomatoes for success with Season Starters! They are even better than an unheated greenhouse because water holds its heat so well. They are available in the traditional clear green plus a newer red variety. Come to Yamagami's for everything you need to succeed in your garden of eatin'.

Season Starter

Dressed for success and planted in a Smart Pot
Look for Sweetwater Nursery at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show for a special offer on their organically grown tomatoes at Yamagami's Nursery!


Preventative Medicine for
Fruit Trees

Citrus Leaf Miner is a nasty pest that showed up in the last few years in great numbers. Protect your Citrus trees by placing ISCAlure Citrus Leafminer traps in your trees now. They work by attracting the leafminers with a pheromone they can't resist. The leafminers get stuck in the traps and are unable to breed. Hurray! If you had leafminers last year, chances are good you will again this year. Monitoring the traps will let you know when they are back. If your trap starts to fill, then you'll want to spray with OMRI approved Monterey Garden Insect Control. It will take 3 applications, 10 days apart, to knock them out. Spray at dusk, so as not to spray your bees.

Fireblight is an infection that affects apples, pears and quince. It shows up in late spring or early summer as blackening of small branches, usually starting at old flowers. We recommend pruning it off in summer and spraying Monterey LiquiCop during the blooming season to prevent re-infection. Left untreated, fireblight can kill a tree.

Brown Rot is a problem for apricots and peaches. It shows up as a brown, sometimes fuzzy, rotten spot on the fruit. Thinning the branches and the fruit can help prevent it. Heavy rains during the bloom season will spread the infection and can ruin the entire crop. Brown rot can be prevented with an application of Spectracide Immunox during the blooming season.

Spotted Wing Fruit Flies are newer pests that seriously impact cherries and other fruits, including grapes. The fly lays eggs on developing fruit, which hatch into maggots that burrow into the fruit. Yuck! The ISCA Ball Trap and yeast bait are highly effective in attracting them before they can work their destructive magic.

If infestation is heavy, and your traps fill quickly, we recommend spraying. OMRI approved Monterey Garden Insect Control is effective when sprayed as fruit develops. Apply either very early in the morning or at dusk to avoid any contact with honeybees.

This trap is also recommended for the Olive Fly, which has the same nasty sort of offspring.

If you have had any of these problems before, you will certainly want to take preventative measures now. See our Fruit Tree Care Calendar for more fruit tree care recommendations. Yamagami's Nursery is here to help you succeed...the first time.


The Buzz Is...
the Queen's the Thing!

Now is when young yellow jacket queens hatch, emerge, and fly out searching for a place to a nest. What if your backyard looks like Eden to them?

Prevent a summer of evading aggressive yellow jackets by trapping queens now, before they can set up housekeeping in or near your garden.

Rescue! Yellow Jacket Traps use pheromones to attract them. The queens enter it, get stuck and the result is, no nest. We recommend placing a few strategically in the outer areas of your garden (away from entertaining areas) for best results. You'll want to suggest to your neighbors that they do the same for best protection.


Coming Events

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 Introduction to Raspberry Shortcake and other edibles by Steve Morrill from Monrovia. Learn about some of the newer delicious garden choices for this year. Door prizes and fun as you learn. Saturday, March 23rd at 10 AM.

Saturday, March 23rd at 10 AM

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.

chocolate Truffle Cookies

Wrap individually in colorful cellophane for your Easter Baskets!

What You'll Need:

  • 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups total, split)

Step by Step:

  • In the microwave or in a metal bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt unsweetened chocolate, 1 cup of the chocolate chips, and the butter. Stir occasionally, until smooth.
  • Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, whip eggs and sugar until thick and pale (about 2 minutes).
  • Stir in the vanilla and the chocolate mixture until well mixed.
  • Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually stir into the chocolate mixture.
  • Fold in the remaining 1 cup chocolate chips.
  • Cover dough and chill for at least an hour or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Roll chilled dough into 1 inch balls.
  • Place on ungreased cookie sheets so they are 2 inches apart. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes in the preheated oven.
  • Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yield: 3 dozen


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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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