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Edition 13.15 Yamagami's Garden Center April 11, 2013
  Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM  
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"Spring is a true re-constructionist."
~Henry Timrod


Tree Peonies Have Arrived!

The garden glamor queens, tree peonies, have arrived as two-year-old grafted plants. These beauties are truly queenly, with their ferny foliage and brilliant, dramatic blossoms. We have only a limited quantity, so come in quickly! Pictured are three out of the five varieties.

Tree peonies get about four to five feet tall and wide in about ten years so don't let their name fool you. They are NOT trees. They grow best with mostly sun. There is an amazing collection of fifty year-plus beauties grown in full sun in a private garden in San Jose.

Planted at the edge of the canopy of a deciduous tree seems to be their ideal location, as they love the full sun in winter and lightly filtered sun while in bloom. They can be grown in a container but it should be a deep one.

Come in right away for best selection of these dormant beauties. (Located in our bulb section.) While you are here, be sure to look over our dahlias, begonias and other summer-blooming bulbs.

Let our friendly Nursery Pros help you create the garden you've always wanted.





Sweetwater Tomatoes

Looking for organically grown tomato plants? Come in and see the terrific selection we offer from Sweetwater Nursery. They specialize in heirloom and unusual varieties--all grown organically in biodegradable pots. We are pleased and proud to offer their plants. Here is just a sampling of their many choices:

'Abraham Lincoln' is an heirloom tomato with bright red, medium-sized tomatoes in clusters, and a rich tomato flavor. It is disease-resistant, and has consistently scored high in our tomato taste tests.

'Berkeley Tie-Dye' is an heirloom beefsteak tomato. It is green with red and yellow stripes on the outside, while the inside is marbled shades of pink and yellow, hence its colorful name. It has a sweet and tart flavor that is a little spicy.

'Costoluto Genovese' is an Italian heirloom tomato with fantastic flavor. It is a prolific producer of lobed, red, tangy fruit. Its old-world tomato flavor makes incredibly delicious sauce.

'Indigo Rose' was hybridized in Oregon specifically for its deep color and high amounts of anthocyanins (powerful antioxidants). Like all of the "black" tomatoes, it has a smoky, plummy flavor. The fruit ripens to a rich purple wherever it is exposed to sun. It may be the very darkest tomato thus far. Fruit is the size of a large cherry tomato.

These varieties, as well as many others, are available only for a short time and in limited quantities. The time to plant is now! Come in soon for our very best selection.

Confused by all the tomatoes and conflicting info out there? Attend one of our "FREE Tips For Growing Tomatoes" classes on April 13th, 14th, 27th and 28th. See Coming Events for more info.

'Abe Lincoln'

'Berkeley Tie-Dye'

'Costoluto Genovese'

'Indigo Rose'


Multi-Graft Cherries!

We are starting to get in fruit trees that have been grown in containers. It is still a great time to plant! We do have some of our initial dormant offerings (as seen in our 2013 Paper Potted Fruit Tree List) but now are able to fill in for some of the items we ran out of earlier and bring in some larger trees.

We have just received some very nice 4-in-1 multi-graft cherry trees in 10 gallon size cans. The grafts are 'Black Tartarian,' 'Bing,' 'Lambert' and 'Van'--so you can have sweet, dark cherries early, mid and late season. They cross-pollinate each other for optimum fruit production.

Supply is limited, so come in today!


Get Your Soil Ready for
Spring Planting--and Save!

Time to get your soil ready for all those delicious summer vegetables. Heavy rains leach nutrients from soil, so you'll need to recharge it before planting. Yamagami's recommends amending your soil every season with Gardner & Bloome Harvest Supreme and Gardner & Bloome Tomato and Vegetable Fertilizer before planting. If it is an area that has been repeatedly planted for many years, adding Agrowinn Minerals will add back in minerals and trace elements that have been depleted by heavy feeders like tomatoes.

Woody plants and perennials should be planted with Gardner & Bloome Planting Mix in the area surrounding new roots as per our Planting Guides. It is a carefully formulated, all-natural and organic blend that is ideal for improving drainage and encouraging healthy roots.

April Soil Special: Buy 3 bags of Gardner & Bloome Harvest Supreme or Gardner & Bloome Planting Mix and get 1 FREE! Offer expires April 30th.

Successful plantings start with healthy soil. Let the Nursery pros at Yamagami's guide you to garden success and bountiful harvests.


Treat for Grubs Now!

That's right, it's time to get those grubs! They are now coming out of their winter slumber-- hungry and ready for love. Soon they will emerge from the ground to fly, mate and lay eggs for the next nasty generation.

Grubs eat roots (which is bad enough), but even worse are the varmints who eat the grubs! Maybe your lawn was torn up last fall or you saw your neighbor's lawn ripped asunder. That was the work of greedy raccoons who just love to put the fat, tasty grubs on their fall dinner menus.

Strike now and again in August to rid yourself of these pests. For the vegetable garden as well as lawns and flowerbeds, beneficial nematodes are the answer. The nematodes hit the soil looking for food--and fat, juicy grubs hit the nematodes' spot! They are safe for food crops and are an important weapon in the organic gardener's arsenal.

Another organic (OMRI approved) treatment for lawns is Safer Grub Killer, which contains Neem oil (from the Neem tree) and comes in a handy ready-to-spray bottle. We also offer Bayer Grub Control, which can be applied with a lawn spreader.

Thwart those masked marauders by getting their grubs NOW (and again in August).


Coming Events

FREE Tomato Talks

Learn tips for growing healthy, abundantly producing tomato plants.

Saturdays, April 13th and 27th, at 10 AM, with Carolyn Villa-Scott

Sundays, April 14th and 28th, at 11 AM, with Lorena Gorsche.

May 12th is Mother’s Day.

Rather than cut flowers, how about giving her a rose bush that will continue to blossom? How about giving her a pot full of herbs or flowers for a long lasting reminder that you care?


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.


Almond Chicken Salad

What You'll Need:

  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 pound sugar snap peas, halved
  • 2 cups chopped, cooked chicken breast meat
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup blanched slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ground dry mustard

Step by Step:

  • In a large bowl, mix together the onions, carrot, red pepper, peas, chicken, cilantro and almonds. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, teriyaki sauce and dry mustard until smooth.
  • Pour over salad mixture and toss until coated.
  • Serve in pita pockets or on a bed of lettuce.

Yield: 4 servings


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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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