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Edition 13.21 Yamagami's Garden Center May 23, 2013
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"I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright."
~Henry David Thoreau


Fresh Fruit Trees!

It's not too late to plant fruit trees; our problem was simply that we had run out of many varieties. Yamagami's has just received a fresh crop of some of the most popular fruit tree varieties in 5 gallon size cans!

'Fuji' Apple--the most popular apple we sell. It's sweet, and crisp.

'Red Fuji' Apple --a beautiful form with a redder skin.

'Black Mission' Fig--the most popular black fig, prized for its sweetness.

'Black Jack' Fig--a dwarf black fig ideal for container growing or use as an espalier.

'Dapple Dandy' Pluot--one of the first (and still one of the best) pluots, with a sublime sweet and tart flavor.

'O'Henry' Peach--a large, yellow-fleshed peach which is delicious from the firm stage all the way through the soft stage, when it has a sweet, juicy, melting quality.

'Strawberry Free' Peach--a sweet, juicy, flavorful, white-fleshed peach. It's a long-time favorite.

Warning! These trees are in very limited supply. If you want to add one of these taste treats to your garden of eatin', come in today!


Some Like It Hot,
Some Do Not!

Ruben, our Vegetable Buyer, is rightfully proud of the amazing selection of pepper plants we offer. Peppers from incendiary to rich and sweet, in every color size and shape can be found. Right now our pepper selection is at its best.

For those of you who like it hot, we've got Trinidad Scorpion pepper, the hottest in the world! It may be happier in a container, as it is tropical in origin and doesn't handle clay soils well.

Delayed; now arriving May 25th.

Trinidad Scorpion Pepper

Also in stock is the infamous Ghost pepper. (It's only a rumor that it got its name because one bite and presto! You are a ghost.) Until the Scorpion came along, it was considered the hottest pepper. Some people (with asbestos mouths) even claim it has elements of citrus in its flavor.

Ghost Pepper

A tasty pepper that can be hot is Padron, a Spanish green pepper prized in Tapas dining. 1" to 2" padron peppers are usually enjoyed cooked in olive oil then salted. Kind of like pepper roulette, one out of every 10 will be HOT; the rest are just tasty with some heat. As the peppers get over 2" long, they become hotter.

Padrone Pepper

For those who prefer peppers not hot, 'Big Bertha' is the standard for great bell peppers. It is large with thick walls and that sweet, aromatic quality you want in a bell pepper. It is wonderful stuffed, grilled, or raw.

'Big Bertha'

The Banana Pepper (sweet) has been popular for more than 70 years. Bananas are mild yellow peppers which ripen to a bright red. The pointed peppers measure 6-7" long and 1.5" across, and are great for pickling.

Sweet Banana Pepper

Italian Long Pepper (sweet) ripens to a deep rich red. It looks hot, but it's not. The peppers are 8 inch long, conical, thick walled, and very sweet. When fully ripe, the fruit is amazingly tasty and great for making sweet pickles. Perfect for munching or in a salad.

Italian Long Pepper

NOW is the ideal time to plant, as our soil is now (finally) on a warming tend. Peppers do best in well-amended soil. We recommend using Gardner & Bloome Harvest Supreme to amend your vegetable bed before planting. They prefer a long, warm growing season. If it is too cool, peppers might not quite ripen fully. Use Gardner & Bloome Tomato and Vegetable Fertilizer when planting and continue through the growing season for best harvest.

It's very important to water regularly without keeping soil soggy. If allowed to dry out to the point of wilt, the peppers can crack or get sun scald. If kept too wet, they can develop blossom end rot or a root rot. Check your soil regularly to determine how long it takes to dry out to a depth of 2", then water. You will be able to set a schedule based on this interval. They do take more frequent watering than tomatoes. Come to Yamagami's for the best pepper selection around.


'Ed's Millennium' Are Here!

Wow! We just received a few 'Ed's Millennium' tomato plants. This is a Brandywine selection, cultivated by a local Master Gardener and not commercially available. It is my favorite of all tomatoes, a huge heirloom beefsteak with a rich flavor. It's also very prolific. Since we could only get a few, we are limiting them to 2 plants per customer. Better come in or call us today if you want one!


Savvy Succulents

Savvy gardeners know that succulents are among the easiest plants to grow! The Savvy Succulent Collection from Prove Winners consists of succulents chosen for their color, texture and sturdiness. Yamagami's has just received Savvy Succulent Bowls full of color and texture. They are available in 8", 10" and 12" bowls. They make terrific centerpieces and can be grown indoors in bright light or outdoors in morning sun. If you would rather not have to fuss with maintaining a container flower garden, Savvy Succulent Bowls are for you!

Savvy Succulent Bowls


Downy Mildew on Impatiens

There have been a lot of articles in newspapers and magazines about impatiens being attacked by downy mildew.

In the past couple of years, it had been a problem for growers and gardens in areas with high humidity. Sadly it has now been found in Northern California gardens. Since it can come from infected seed or soil, local growers are being extremely careful.

Downy mildew begins as a subtle leaf yellowing. Next, the leaves on the new growth begin curling downward, sometimes giving the appearance that the plants need to be watered. Eventually leaves develop yellow or gray spots--looking as if they have spider mites.

If infected when young, plants will be stunted. As the disease progresses you can see the white "down" (which can also resemble spider mites) on the underside of the leaves.

The best strategies for avoiding Downy Mildew are:
• Space your plants so they get good air circulation.

• Check your plantings weekly for symptoms and remove questionable plants.

• Use organic rather than chemical fertilizers.

• Avoid overhead watering especially in the evening or at night.

If you suspect you see the disease, your best move is to remove and replace the plant, then spray the new plant and its neighbors with all-organic Serenade. Downy mildew can swiftly spread and take out an entire planting.

Curling--early symptom of
downy mildew

The "down" under the leaf


Coming Events

FREE Fuchsia Show and Talk. Saturday, June 1 from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Talks at 12 noon and 1 PM.

FREE Cavanaugh Color in the Summer Garden Talk on Saturday, June 8th at 10 AM.

Grower Dave Cavanaugh talks about clematis, dahlias, Peruvian lilies and angel's trumpets. Learn how to succeed with these glamorous bloomers and other summer color!

FREE Watering 101 Talks with Alan Tagami on Sat., June 15th at 10 AM and Sun., June 16th at 11 AM.

Learn the principles of efficient watering for a healthy garden.

Bearded Iris Rhizome Sale from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, August 3rd to benefit the Clara B. Rees Iris Society.


Ongoing Events

Dianne Jensen can guide you through the design and planting process of creating your own colorful container gardens and salad bowl. 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.


Best Stuffed Bell Peppers

What You'll Need:

  • 6 large red or green bell peppers
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups onion (chopped)
  • 6 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 2/3 cup cooked white rice (cooled)
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 large egg

Step by Step:

  • Cut off top 1/2 inch of peppers and reserve.
  • Scoop seeds from cavities.
  • Discard stems and chop pepper tops.
  • Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions, parsley, garlic, and chopped pepper pieces.
  • Sauté until onions soften, about 8 minutes.
  • Transfer to large bowl.
  • Mix in rice, paprika, salt, pepper, and allspice.
  • Cool 10 minutes.
  • Mix in 1/2 cup tomato sauce, then beef and egg.
  • Fill pepper cavities with beef mixture.
  • Stand filled peppers in single layer in heavy large pot.
  • Pour remaining 2 cups tomato sauce around peppers.
  • Bring sauce to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover pot and simmer 20 minutes.
  • Spoon some sauce over each pepper.
  • Cover; cook until peppers are tender and filling is cooked through and firm--about 20 minutes.

These can be made 1 day ahead. Cool, cover and chill. Rewarm covered over low heat.
Select peppers that are flat on the bottom--they stand up better while cooking.

Recipe from Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association -


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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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