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Edition 14.38 Yamagami's Garden Center September 18, 2014
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
Featured Quote

Featured Quote:

"A man should never plant a garden larger than his wife can take care of."
~T. H. Everett

Four Days ONLY

September 25th-28th

66th Anniversary Sale

40% OFF
Outdoor Plants

in 1 gal. size and larger

Pottery, Fountains
and Statuary
20% to 50% OFF

40% OFF Giftware

40% OFF Houseplants
in 6" pots or larger

No other discounts apply.
All sales are final


Rubens Picks:
Fall Garden Greens

Cool season veggies include leaf crops (greens), root crops (beets), stem/flower crops (broccoli), and peas.

Now is the perfect time to plant. We offer an astonishing selection of greens.

Here are a few of Ruben's picks:

'Bahamas' Spinach is a tasty and very productive variety. It tolerates our occasional cool season heat waves without “bolting” (going into bloom prematurely). It is an upright grower and easy to harvest a little at a time.

'Dinosaur' Kale (lacinato) is an Italian favorite and an important component of minestrone soup. The plant gets its name from its bumpy leaves said to resemble dinosaur skin. It has a milder flavor than its curly cousins and is a foodie fave.

Mustard greens offer a spicy bite. 'Wasabi' mustard is exceptionally pungent. Grow some and add zest to stir-fries and other dishes containing greens. It's terrific when you want to clear your sinuses! We also offer milder mustard greens.

Come to Yamagami's for the best veggie selection around! We offer all the supplies you need to succeed in your fall veggie garden.


Fruit News

This year we are excited to bring in a group of 3 gallon size fruit trees this fall, instead of getting them dormant next year in paper pots. This will enable the trees to get their roots growing early, so that they can focus more of their energy into growing next spring.

This group of trees will have lower branching already to make them easier to keep shorter and fruit production in easy picking range. You can place orders for the plastic potted trees over the phone using a credit card, or order them in the nursery. See the list of trees arriving here.

In other fruit news, once again members of the Yamagami's staff recently attended a fruit tasting at Dave Wilson, supplier of many of our fruit trees.

Grace Olson and Carolyn Villa-Scott spent an entire morning sampling 31 varieties of fruit including peaches, nectarines, Asian pears, apples, figs--and interspecfic crosses like pluots (plum and apricot), apriums (apricot and plum) and pluerries (plum and cherry).

The Fruit Lineup

Grace and Carolyn hard at work

Many of these interspecifics are still in the development stage and may not reach the market for a few years. One aprium currently in stock is 'Cot-N-Candy,' a white-fleshed apricot crossed with a plum. It is incredibly sweet and flavorful. It was the star of its debut at a past tasting. It is our diligent (and delicious) ongoing study that ensures we have the best fruit varieties for our area.

Come to Yamagami's for your garden of eatin' needs.


Forcing Bulbs

Forcing bulbs is the practice of fooling bulbs into thinking it is spring and time to bloom, even when it's as early as Christmas. Bulbs most commonly used for forcing are paperwhite narcissus, tulips and hyacinths. They all need to be chilled to keep them dormant until the time is right for planting.

Narcissus will bloom in 6 weeks. With planning and two identical pots, it's possible to have blooming narcissus all through the holiday season. Tulips and hyacinth take ten to twelve weeks, so it's important to start chilling now for holiday blossoms. Forcing narcissus and hyacinth can be done in rock and water in non-draining pots for indoor blooms. They all can be forced in potting soil in pots that drain for indoor or outdoor blooms.

See our Bulb Forcing Guide for instructions.


Gopher Baskets

Because of the drought, fewer plants were well-watered through the summer, leaving gophers even hungrier than usual. Protect roots from gophers by using gopher baskets when planting. Don’t forget baskets for tulip bulbs, gophers love munching them.

We offer the best-designed baskets on the market. They are constructed of heavy-duty stainless steel and are pre-formed for easy installation. They are available in 1 gallon size, 5 gallon size and 15 gallon sizes.


Coming Events

Thursday, September 25th-Sunday September 28th

66th Anniversary Celebration Sale. 40% off outdoor plants 1 gallon size and larger.

Wednesday, October 1st

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

Sunday, October 5 th at 11 AM

Fall Veggie Class with Grace Olson. FREE.

Saturday, October 11 at 10 AM

Karrie Reid presents the UC Davis All-Star Plants for water-wise gardens. A representative from the SCV Water district will be present to talk about their rebate program. FREE.

October 18th at 10 AM

Well-Behaved Suburban Trees with Dave Wood of Serrano's Expert Tree Service. He will discuss smart tree choices for your landscape. FREE.


Teriyaki Beef Kabobs

What You'll Need:

  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. seasoned salt
  • 1-1/2 lbs boneless sirloin steak, cut into 1-1/4 inch cubes
  • 12 whole large fresh mushrooms
  • 1 large green pepper, cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • 12 cherry tomatoes

Step by Step:

  • In a bowl, combine soy sauce, oil, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and salt; mix well.
  • Pour half of the marinade into a large re-sealable plastic bag or shallow glass container; add beef and turn to coat.
  • Seal or cover and refrigerate for 4-8 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  • Drain meat; discard marinade.
  • On metal or soaked bamboo skewers, alternate meat, mushrooms, green pepper, onion and tomatoes.
  • Grill uncovered over medium heat for 3 minutes on each side.
  • Baste with reserved marinade.
  • Continue turning and basting for 8-10 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness (for rare, a meat thermometer should read 140°; medium - 160°; well-done 170°).
  • Serve meat and vegetable over rice pilaf if desired.
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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