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Edition 14.08 Yamagami's Garden Center February 20, 2014
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM
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"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves."
~Mohandas K. Gandhi


Just Arrived: New Citrus!

Hot off the truck are three exciting citrus varieties--two pummelos and a limetta. Pummelos are often called "Chinese Grapefruit," mostly because they are large and golden. They taste like a sweet grapefruit and lack any bitterness. They are incredibly fragrant--and have even been used in perfumes. They have a thick skin and pith but the fruit is so delicious, it is well worth getting into it. If you love grapefruit but use sugar to cut the bitterness--try a pummelo!

'Tahitian' Pummelo (seedling of 'Sarawak' grown in Tahiti) has very large and juicy fruit with a powerful fragrance. Inside it is a pale yellowish green with a flavor described as "intense, sweet, vanilla lime". It has large fragrant flowers and grows to about 6' tall and 8' wide

'Valentine' is a cross between a pummelo and a blood orange, with red blushed flesh. It is acid-free, very fragrant and sweet. Its golden skin is softer than that of other pummelos and is easily cut. You may want to remove the somewhat bitter membrane between the segments. It is slightly pear-shaped, so when it is cut lengthwise, it has a heart shape--hence its name.

Limettas are often called "sweet lemon' or "sweet lime". 'New Zealand Lemonade' is an exciting new variety with a refreshing sweet-tart flavor. Mostly it is enjoyed for its juice, hence its name. It grows to about 8' tall and wide but can be pruned to shape. If you love citrus, here's one you'll want to add to your collection. We hope to have some juice to sample at our Citrus Tasting on March 9th (see Coming Events for details).

Yamagami's offers a terrific selection of citrus--from the unusual to tasty standards. Let us help you help you choose the best varieties for your taste and garden space!


Plant Now To Enjoy
The Fragrance Of Sweet Peas

One of the sweetest fragrances of spring comes from sweet peas. Beautiful in the garden and in vases in the home, sweet peas are available in a range of sizes and colors. Many heirloom varieties are still around in modern gardens. Birds, bees and butterflies love them as much as we do. Here is a sampling of varieties currently in stock.

'Old Spice' is an heirloom variety with sweet spicy fragrance. It comes as a blend of colors. It is tolerant of the occasional heat spells we experience in spring and just keeps blooming away. It grows to about 6' tall.

'Almost Black' has deep maroon blooms with long stems and a powerful fragrance. It will tolerate a little part shade as long as it has good air circulation. It is striking against a white house or trellis. It grows to about 6' tall and can self-seed.

'Miss Willmott' is an older variety dating back to 1901. It remains popular still because of its rich apricot-pink, long-stemmed flowers. It is a terrific cut flower and keeping it trimmed will keep it blooming even longer.

'Barry Dare' is a real showstopper with cherry-red, ruffled blooms on long stems. It offers a mild fragrance that is most noticeable in bouquets. Long blooming, it also reseeds. It grows to about 4' tall.

We offer several other varieties both by seed and plants. Plant them in most to full sun with support for the varieties 4' tall and up. Use Sluggo around new plantings, as they are a real treat for snails and slugs. If you feed birds or have a lot of birds in your garden, it is a good idea to use some netting to protect young plants for their first few weeks. Enjoy the sweet fragrance of spring in your garden with sweet peas.


Some Words About Water:

Spring is right around the corner, meaning lawns and gardens will begin to need watering. Time to adjust your watering habits for healthier plants and water conservation.

Here are some watering guidelines:

• Almost nothing needs daily watering. The few exceptions would be newly sprouting seeds and root-bound hanging baskets in full sun.

• Do not rely on soil surface as a gauge of moisture level in the root zone, especially in our heavy clay soil.

• Since roots grow in search of water, letting plants dry out between watering encourages deep root growth and sturdier plants.

• Because our weather is so erratic, it is better to run watering systems on manual rather than automatically.

For even more tips, attend one of our FREE Watering 101 Classes. See Coming Events for details. Did you know that the Santa Clara Valley Water District offers homeowner rebates for planting water-wise plants, for removing part or all of your lawn, and even has a program for "Laundry to Lawn" gray water use? A representative from SCVWD will be here for the Watering 101 Classes to explain.


Coming Events

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
Reconditioned Bike Sale!

Benefit for Hope Services.

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. Dee, a Master Composter, will be here to answer questions and make suggestions for home composting. 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.

Saturday, April 5th at 10 AM
New Plants From Monrovia with Nicholas Staddon.

Discover exciting new plants and a new way to order them.

Sunday, April 6th at 11 AM.
Tips For Early Tomato Planting.

Learn how to successfully grow abundant harvests!

Creamy Cauliflower and Ham Casserole

What You'll Need:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, broken into buds (4 cups)
  • 2 cups fully cooked ham, cubed
  • 1 can (3-oz.) mushrooms, drained
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup soft bread crumbs (1-1/2 slices)
  • 1 teaspoon softened butter

Step by Step:

  • In a covered saucepan, cook cauliflower in salted water for 10-12 minutes, drain.
  • Combine ham and mushrooms.
  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan, stir in flour, add milk and cook until mixture thickens.
  • Add cheese and sour cream to sauce, stir until cheese melts.
  • Combine with cauliflower and ham mixture and pour into a 2-quart casserole.
  • Combine bread crumbs and butter. Sprinkle on top.
  • Bake uncovered at 350 for 40 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Yield: 6 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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