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Edition 13.40 Yamagami's Garden Center October 3, 2013
  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


Celebrating 65 Years in Business!

Yamagami's is celebrating our 65th anniversary with free activities and special promotions every weekend of October. It's our way of thanking you, our loyal customers.

October 5th and 6th, we offer FREE classes in Fall Veggie gardens, along with a special of: Buy 3, get 1 FREE for G&B Harvest Supreme.
October 12th and 13th, we are offering 20% OFF ALL Fall Flower Bulbs.
October 19th and 20th, we are offering classes relating to water-wise gardening (see Coming Events for details) and 20% OFF all UC Davis All Star Plants.
October 26th and 27th, we are hosting several community gardening groups and a Chrysanthemum Show (see Coming Events for details) along with a special offer on bedding mums.

We hope you are able to join us this fall!


UC Davis Arboretum All-Star Plants:
Attractive and Water-Wise!

Yamagami's Nursery is designating October to be Water-Wise Month. We are encouraging everyone to feature water-wise plants in their gardens, as drought cycles are part of the Mediterranean climate. That's why you will see plants labeled All-Stars prominently displayed.

After much test planting both in the Arboretum and in other locations, the UC Davis Arboretum has come up with a collection called All-Stars. These plants have proven themselves to be easy to grow, water-wise, have few (if any) pest problems, and best of all - attractive in the landscape. They are also generally good hosts for birds, butterflies and bees. No wonder they are called All Stars!

Yamagami's has many All-Star plants on display. The "Rethinking The Lawn" talk (10/19) will use them as water-wise plant alternatives for lawns and the "Designing a Water-Wise Landscape with All Stars"(10/20) will also feature their use. For these two days (10/19 and 10/20), we are offering 20% OFF the entire All Star Collection!

For more information about the All Star Program see:


Cool-Season Veggies

Yamagami's offers a terrific assortment of cool season veggies from the common to the adventurous--many of them grown organically. Many are so attractive that they should be considered as edible ornamentals for their value to the landscape. Here is a list of organically grown, edible ornamentals from Sweetwater Nursery in Sebastopol.

Finocchio Romanesco (fennel bulb) is a staple of Italian cuisine with a delicate anise flavor. The bulbs can be eaten fresh or cooked, and the fronds are good in salads and as garnish. The ferny plant can get up to 4 feet tall, and is a showstopper as an accent plant.

Finocchio Fennel Bulb
Artichokes are very showy, with huge grey-green cut foliage. The stems and the buds are scrumptious. They easily grow to four feet tall and more. We offer three delicious varieties.

'Green Globe' artichokes are the most popular variety in this country. Their flower buds are deep green with a light purple tinge. They have wonderfully thick, flavorful hearts and remain productive for at least 5 years.

'Green Globe' Artichoke
'Purple of Romagna' artichokes are Italian heirlooms with large, round-headed purple buds that are very tender and tasty.
'Purple of Romagna' Artichoke

Romanesco Artichoke is a thorn-free Italian heirloom. The purple tinged buds are delicious, with a large, nutty flavored "heart" that's free from fuzz!

'Romanesco' Artichoke
Come see our amazing collection of edibles. Ruben, our buyer, is always on the look-out for taste treats for our area. Attend one of our FREE Veggie Garden Talks on October 5th and 6th. See coming events for details. Take advantage of our buy three, get one FREE for G&B Harvest Supreme for that weekend.


Citrus Leaf Miner

Citrus Leaf Miner is rapidly becoming an epidemic on Citrus trees in the Bay Area. Look for curled yellowish leaves with white trails between the upper and lower leaf surfaces on the new growth--especially on "water sprouts*".

Hang Citrus Leaf Miner traps in your trees to watch for infestation. Unlike with other pests, removing damaged leaves is NOT recommended because pruning stimulates new growth, which attracts the leaf miners.

The exception would be if you see leaf miner damage on water sprouts* which should be removed down to the base. Watch the area carefully and if new growth starts again there, use your thumb to rub it out.

Citrus Leaf Miner trails on leaf
Curled new growth
Citrus Leaf Miner damage

* Water sprouts (seen mostly on dwarf citrus) grow rapidly, with huge leaves and thorns. Water sprouts look very different from the rest of the plant, and rarely flower or fruit. Always remove water sprouts, because they will overtake and dominate the plant, choking out the desired variety. If you are not sure what you are looking at, feel free to email a photo (or 2 or 3) to, where we can help you diagnose it.

Water Sprout on a Dwarf Citrus

Spray affected trees 3 times, 2 weeks apart with Monterey Garden Insect Control. Check again in spring.

Most citrus will not develop a lot of new growth in the winter, so check your trees and place traps as trees start to produce new leaves.

Strategies for minimizing the damage include using only organic fertilizers (like Gardner & Bloome) as they do not produce the soft, vulnerable new growth that is so attractive to insects in general. It is a good idea to know if your neighbors have citrus trees and if they are using traps. Pests don't stop at fence lines.


Coming Events

Fall Veggie Garden Classes with Lorena Gorsche.

Sat., Oct. 5th at 10 AM and Sun., Oct. 6th at 11 AM.

Learn what to grow and how to plant it! FREE

Sat., Oct. 19th, from 10:00  to 11:30 AM.
Bay Friendly Gardening presents "Rethink Your Lawn."

If you are considering converting some or all of your lawn to a water-wise, low maintenance landscape, this is for you!


Sun., Oct. 20th 11 AM. FREE

“Designing With All-Star Plants,” with Certified Green Gardener, Heidi Johnson. Talk features water-wise candidates for your garden.

Sat., Oct. 26th

Community Gardening Society Day! Come meet members of several local garden-related groups, including The SCV Master Gardeners, California Rare Fruit Growers, The Mediterranean Garden society, Western Horticultural society and more! No matter how limited or narrow your garden experience is, these groups make wonderful contacts for your specialized questions. Join us! FREE

Sat., Oct. 26th 10 AM to 2 PM and Sun., Oct. 27th
11 AM to 2 PM

Chrysanthemum Show and Info with members of the newly formed Bay Area Chrysanthemum Society.



Pasta with Winter Squash and Walnuts

What You'll Need:

  • 1 pound winter squash, such as butternut, acorn, fairytale, Kabocha or Hubbard
  • 1 pound dried pasta, such as bowties, or shells
  • 1 T. of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T. fresh parsley, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Red pepper to taste
  • 2 T. chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

Step by Step:

  • Place the squash in a saucepan with a little water, cover and steam until it is soft.
  • Drain and mash the squash.
  • Cook the pasta until it is al dente.
  • While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a skillet, add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.
  • Add the mashed squash, parsley, salt and pepper.
  • Toss the drained pasta with the squash mixture and serve topped with the chopped walnuts and grated Parmesan cheese.

Serves 6
Recipe courtesy of RAM Farms, source of our pumpkins, gourds and winter squash.


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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.
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