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Edition 14.06 Yamagami's Garden Center February 6, 2014
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM
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"An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life."
~ Cora Lea Bell


Izu Persimmons Are Back!!

We have just received a small shipment of Izu Persimmons, and it looks as though they will be the only ones available for the year. Yikes!

This very popular variety is a compact (12' to 15') Persimmon tree with crunchy, delicious Fuyu-type fruit. It has been called dwarf Fuyu because the fruit is so similar. It is perfect for many residential gardens that lack the space for a 25 'plus Fuyu tree.

If you are interested, come in soon because these treasures will not last long!


Be Water-Wise!

After an incredibly dry winter, the need to conserve water is greater than ever. No need to panic! This doesn't mean you can't have a healthy landscape, it means you need to make every drop count. New landscaping should be water-wise and planted as early in spring as possible. Existing landscapes should be watered deeply and infrequently. We see many more people kill or weaken their plants by over-watering than under-watering. Mulching is critical to retain the water that is applied, and to keep the soil cooler to reduce heat stress.

Organic fertilizers promote slow and healthy growth without increasing water needs dramatically. Lawns especially benefit from Gardner & Bloome Natural and Organic Lawn Fertilizer. If you are watering your lawn more often than twice a week, it's too often. This is the perfect time of year to adjust your watering schedule. See our Lawn Watering Guide for more info.

Another part of being water-wise is targeted watering--like drip irrigation. For container gardens, raised beds, and small spaces that are easily hand-watered, we offer new, handy watering tools from DRAMM. Look for the One Touch handles that offer thumb-tip control of the water flow. It's easy to water only the areas that need to be watered. The shower nozzle delivers water gently and evenly, so it is absorbed by the plant better--plus it will not splash soil from the roots.

To really get a handle on what you need to maintain your landscape in the water-thriftiest manner, attend a FREE Watering 101 class with Alan Tagami on March 1st at 10 AM or on March 2 at 11 AM. Alan gives practical, non-technical tips on being water-wise. Also present will be representatives from the Santa Clara Valley Water District to talk about homeowner programs they offer, including rebates.

Let Yamagami's Nursery help you become more water-wise!


Think Seedy Thoughts!

Yes, it's time to start thinking seeds! Many vegetables can be started now in flats or pots and then transplanted in a few weeks; spring is right around the corner! See our Vegetable Planting Guide for details on the vegetables you want to grow. Our seed selection includes Asian, European, and gourmet offerings as well as old favorites and some very old favorites! Every year we are excited to offer more and more varieties of organically-grown seed.

New Offerings from Renee's Garden Seeds include such treasures as:

'Ortolana di Faenza' is an Italian heirloom zucchini with light green, tender, delicious fruit. It bears early and is a real treat! Organically-grown seed.

'Tasty Treat' is a Japanese cucumber with thin tender skin that never needs peeling. It is crisp and sweet and aptly named. Organically-grown seed.

'Black Cherry' Tomato is an heirloom tomato with a sweet, smoky, complex flavor. It bears abundantly. Organically-grown seed.

These are just a few of the gourmet taste treats available this year. Come in to see our entire seed selection. Yamagami's offers soil, pots, heating pads--everything you need for a successful seeding. Yes, it's time to get seedy!

Incredible Edibles:
Perennial Vegetables!

Plant bareroot perennial veggies now. Some of these are so attractive that there is really no need to hide them in the kitchen garden. Go ahead and plant them with your other landscape plants and enjoy their show. Dormant rhubarb, horseradish and asparagus are now in stock and ready to go.

Rhubarb is an excellent example of a showy perennial whose red stems and large leaves make a bold statement in a landscape. Growing to about 2' tall and wide, a clump of dramatic, rhubarb works well as a punctuation point in the landscape. Plant it in full sun. We offer 'Canada Red' and 'Victoria' varieties.

Asparagus is another good example of an attractive addition to the landscape. After bearing edible shoots in spring, it develops tall ferny fronds that make a beautiful backdrop to summer flowers or even summer vegetables. Good companion plants for asparagus are tomato, parsley, and basil. Plant in full sun. We offer both 'Purple Passion' and 'Jersey Knight' varieties.

Yamagami's Nursery offers FREE Planting Guides for asparagus as well as for rhubarb and horseradish. Buying and planting these now will yield harvests at least a year before seed or seedling crops. Come in soon while they are in stock. Let Yamagami's Nursery Pros help you succeed in your own Garden of Eatin'.


Summer Blooming Bulbs!

Summer blooming bulbs are arriving with the promise of a show-stopping season of color. Some favorites include crocosmias, tuberoses, dahlias, and tuberous begonias. There is a rainbow of color choices--and many of them will grow well in containers.

Crocosmias make a grassy clump with spikes of brightly colored, tubular flowers. They naturalize (go native) easily here and will produce more and more flowers every year. Plant them in the sun as borders or accents. They are a great favorite of hummingbirds!

Tuberoses also make a grassy clump with spikes of waxy white flowers that are incredibly fragrant. They bloom in late summer and require a lot of heat. Used for leis in Hawaii, Tuberoses are also prized as cut flowers. A single stalk can scent an entire room.

Dahlias are a remarkable diverse group with a large range of sizes, colors and flower types. Feast your eyes on the brightly colored packages for heights. Plant in full sun and put in a sturdy stake for tall varieties. Once the plant gets tall enough to really need the stake, it can be difficult to install.

Tuberous Begonias have large velvety flowers and thrive in shade. They come in a wide range of colors. There are hanging varieties and upright ones and both do very well in containers.

These are just a few of the many bulbs in stock. Lilies, cannas, callas and gladiolas all do well here. Follow our Bulb Planting Guide for planting instructions. Start your summer garden from bulbs and enjoy a rainbow of color!


Coming Events

Saturday, February 8th at 10 AM, and Sunday, February 16th at 11 AM
Japanese Maple Pruning
with Alan Tagami. Learn how to bring out the shape of your Japanese maple. . $20 fee is rebated as an in-store coupon for $20. Call us at (408) 252-3347 to register using a credit card.

Save your seat! Call us at (408) 252-3347 to register using a credit card. Don't miss out!

Saturday, February 15th at 10 AM
All About Mason Bees

Learn about these tiny, non-stinging, native bees. Learn how to nurture them in your garden and harness their pollinating powers! Bees and their habitats are available for sale. Talk is FREE!

Saturday, February 22nd at 10 AM and Sunday, February 23rd at 11 AM
Bonsai Beginners Class led by Clay Warner. You will plant and shape a bonsai to take home. $45 fee includes materials.

Saturday and Sunday March 1st at 10 AM and March 2nd at 11 AM
Watering 101
with Alan Tagami. Learn practical tips for maintaining a healthy landscape and conserving water. Your plants may very well end up healthier! SCV Water District will have a representative here also to talk about homeowner programs and rebates. Talk is FREE


Saturday, March 8th 10 AM to 2 PM
Bike Sale
Bikes refurbished by Hope Services. Sales benefit their programs.

Sunday, March 9th from 11 AM to 2PM
Citrus Tasting. Sample some great fruit and choose what you want in your garden. Talk with our Citrus grower. FREE!

Saturday, March 15th at 10 AM.
Get Started Growing Organically! Gisele Schoniger, Organic Garden Educator from Kellogg Garden Products, talks about soils, fertilizers and how to maintain a healthy garden organically. FREE!

Saturday, March 15th at 10 AM.
Vegetable Gardening with Mrs. Green Jeans. Learn how to start, grow and maintain a healthy, bountiful vegetable garden. Mrs. Green Jeans suggests best veggies to plant now. Talk is FREE!

March 19th through March 23rd
2014 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
at the San Mateo Event Center.

Buy advance tickets at Yamagami's! Bring your tickets back after the show (by April 30) to receive $20 OFF a purchase of $50 or more.

Easy Greek Pasta with Tomatoes and White Beans

What You'll Need:

  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans Italian-style diced tomatoes
  • 1 (19 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach, washed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Step by Step:

  • Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente.
  • Meanwhile, combine tomatoes and beans in a large non-stick skillet.
  • Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.
  • Add spinach to the sauce; cook for 2 minutes or until spinach wilts, stirring constantly.
  • Serve sauce over pasta, and sprinkle with feta.
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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