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Edition 14.36 Yamagami's Garden Center September 4, 2014
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
Featured Quote

Featured Quote:

"Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders."
~ Henry David Thoreau


Got Tulip Bulbs? Chill 'em!
Got Bearded Iris Rhizomes?
Plant 'em.

We have just received our first shipment of Fall Bulbs. Plant them in fall for spring flowers. Some bulbs, notably tulips (and hyacinths), will have better, stronger blooms if they get several weeks of chill before they are planted. Although the bud is already stored in the bulb (cut 1 open if you're skeptical), if the bulb is planted in warm soil, the energy that has been stored to push that bud into spring glory will be detoured into producing foliage. Ideally, tulip bulbs, in our area, should be planted between Thanksgiving and New Years Day for the biggest blooms on the sturdiest stems. Chill your tulips in paper bags in the vegetable crisper of your refrigerator for 12 weeks. Chilled bulbs are best if you plan to "force" them in pots for Christmas bloom. Buy your bulbs now while selection is good. Keep your other bulbs stored in paper or ventilated bags in a cool, dark, dry place until you are ready to plant.

Bearded Iris rhizomes should be planted as soon as you get them. Plant them in a sunny spot for best blooming. They are very easy to grow and reward very little effort with magnificent flower spikes in the spring. See our Iris Planting Guide for complete growing instructions. We offer a good selection of bearded Iris including reblooming varieties. Come get yours while selection is good.

Yamagami's offers bulb planting guides and the supplies you need to succeed. Enjoy the thrill of planting what looks like garden litter, and watch it turn into a spectacular spring display!


Ornamental Peppers:
Spicy, Showy Edibles

Check out our new fiesta of ornamental peppers! They are striking container plants and spicy additions to your cuisine. They are perfect host/hostess gifts and make great centerpieces.

We offer 4 varieties: 'Hot Burrito' (medium to mild heat), 'Hot Fajita' (hot to very hot), Hot 'Salsa' (hot to very hot), and 'Hot Taco' (hot to very hot). All have an abundant crop of peppers, and harvesting can begin immediately.

These peppers can be grown outside in sun or indoors in a sunny window. They grow to about 1 foot tall.

'Hot Burrito'


Fall Lawn Care

Many lawns have had a rough time this summer. Now is the time to remove, replace, or revive them. Whether you simply want to reduce the size of your lawn or replace it entirely, “sheet mulching” is a chemical-free method. You will be able to plant a water-wise landscape over the top of the former lawn area. See Bay-Friendly Landscaping instructions at Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition.

Replace a tired lawn with either seed or sod this fall. Soil prep is the key to success. Heavily compacted soils should be rototilled and have compost added to improve soil permeability and provide nutrients. Yamagami’s offers FREE guides for both projects on our website,, under Garden Guides. We offer Delta Sod and Pacific Coast Seed, both high quality sources.

Lawn revival should involve aerating to relieve soil compaction and improve drainage. Effective aerating means removing plugs of sod so that the soil can flex and be more open for water and air. Rake off the resulting plugs so they can’t settle back into the soil. Compost those plugs and use them as garden mulch next season. After aerating, reseed or resod bare patches. Again, we offer FREE guides for both projects on our website,, under Garden Guides.

The next step in revival is to fertilize with G & B Organics Lawn Fertilizer. It contains beneficial microbes to revive your soil as well as your lawn.

Fall is for planting lawns and landscapes. Let us guide you through the process. We want you to succeed...the first time!


Fall Vegetable Gardening

Summer vegetable gardening enthusiasts seem to outnumber those that grow vegetables in the fall by quite a bit. We're not really sure why. Fall vegetable gardening has a lot of things going for it. The temperatures are not as hot, so the garden does not require as much water as it did in the summer; it's also much more pleasant to garden in the cooler weather. There are not as many pests and generally the weed growth is not quite as rampant.

Of course, the variety of vegetables you will be growing in the fall will be different. While summer is all about plants that bear delicious fruits (think tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, etc.), fall vegetables shift the focus to leaves, stems, roots, flower buds and pods.

Leafy vegetables include lettuce, chard, spinach, collards, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, mustard, endive and chicory. In the lettuce category, you can grow either leaf lettuce or head lettuce and there are enough varieties to keep your gardening endlessly interesting. Until recently a rarely-grown vegetable, healthy kale seems to be enjoying a cult-like following of late, with many recipes available for a variety of dishes, from modernized steamed dishes to kale chips. Leeks could also be put in this category, as the edible part of the plant is actually the bundle of leaf sheaths near the soil surface. Leaf crops like ample water, so be sure to keep the soil evenly moist.

A well-known vegetable grown for its stems is celery. Try celery only if you have some experience with gardening. It is slow growing and requires a long, cool growing season of 120-140 days to produce a crop, so be sure your climate can provide for its needs before planting. Another, less well-known stem-type vegetable is kohlrabi; give it a try if you're feeling adventurous!

In the root vegetable line-up we have beets, carrots, turnips, rutabagas, parsnips and celery root. With flavors that range from slightly bitter to pleasantly sweet, these vegetables will contribute some interesting additions to your fall and winter menus. Useful in salads, they also provide a hearty addition to soups and stews and many are great roasted.

Broccoli and cauliflower are the contenders in the flower bud category. These plants will form heads best when the nighttime temperatures average 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit. With broccoli, once the large main head is harvested, the plant will form side shoots which also can be used.

Garden peas, snow peas and sugar snap peas make up the pod section. Garden peas are the traditional pea which must be shelled before eating; snow peas have a translucent, thin pod and are never shelled; sugar snap peas are a cross between garden peas and snow peas, with a thicker edible pod than a snow pea. All varieties are available in climbing and bush varieties. Regular water is the name of the game for peas, with a slight drying-out period between applications.

When selecting the area for your garden, choose a spot that will receive at least six hours of sun per day (more is even better). Cultivate the soil (either by hand, if the area is small or with a rototiller for larger plots), mixing in G & B Harvest Supreme and some G & B Tomato and Vegetable Fertilizer. Container gardens can be very productive in small spaces. Try a salad bowl.

Think about starting a garden journal to detail your successes and failures. Keep track of varieties used (save the seed packages or variety labels that came with the plants) and problems encountered. This will help you decide which vegetables to plant in next year's fall garden! Bon appétit!


Coming Events

Thursday, September 25th-Sunday September 28th

Fall Celebration Sale..
Stay tuned for details

Wednesday, October 1st

5% of our sales will be donated to the Great Schools Week campaign to benefit local schools. Shop and contribute!

Saturday, October 11 at 10 AM

Karrie Reid presents the UC Davis All-Star Plants for water-wise gardens. Free.


Aunt Joan's Tomato Pie

A super flavorful twist on a garden favorite! Enjoy!

What You'll Need:

  • 1 pre-baked pie shell (homemade or store bought)
  • 5 tomatos
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise [optional]

Step by Step:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Slice all five tomatoes into thin slices.
  • Layer the bottom part of the pre-baked pie crust with tomato slices, completely covering the bottom.
  • Sprinkle a dash of oregano, basil, salt and pepper.
  • Spread 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise over layer of tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheddar and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese over first layer.
  • Place another layer of tomatoes over the cheese, covering completely; repeat the above steps with the seasoning and mayonnaise.
  • Sprinkle remainder of cheeses on top.
  • Place on a baking sheet to catch any melting cheese.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.
  • Insert knife in the center, tomatoes should be slightly firm.
  • Remove from oven and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Slice and enjoy this Southern traditional dish!


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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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