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Edition 15.11 Yamagami's Garden Center March 12, 2015
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM

Featured Quotation:

"In the end, color combinations come down to our personal preferences, which we must discover through observation and experiment."
~ Montagu Don



It has been hard for the last few years for us to find Camellias, especially in smaller sizes. We're excited to have just received some wonderful varieties in one-gallon cans. Our selection includes some popular varieties, but also many unusual and hard-to-find varieties.

One of the more exciting Camellias is 'Blushing Maiden'. It is a pink flowering form of a little-leaf tea (Camellia sinensis) Enjoy it for its prolific pink blossoms, its reddish new growth, and the tea made from its young leaves.

The Mermaid Camellias (Camellia japonica quercifolia) have unusual forked foliage said to resemble a mermaid's tail. Their single flowers are sweetly fragrant and ruffled in pink or in white.

Yet another seldom-seen-here variety is the Tea Oil Camellia (Camellia olefira), a Chinese variety grown for the edible oil pressed from its seed. It is a tall plant and can be trained to a 20' tall tree or an espalier against a wall. It has fragrant, single, white blossoms.

Other varieties in stock include: Camellia japonica 'Black Ruby', 'Donation', and 'Peacock', plus Camellia sasanqua 'Hana Jiman', 'Setsugekka', and 'Kanjiro'. We only received a limited quantity, so come in soon for best selection.


Tomato Season Begins!

Every year, it's a gamble trying to decide when to start your tomatoes. The best gauge we can use is nighttime temperature. When night temperatures are consistently above 50° F, tomatoes are fine. If nights are cooler, then protection from the cold is essential to tomato success.

If you don't have a greenhouse, you can still protect your plants. We recommend using a Kozy Coat around each plant. They function as a greenhouse by keeping the top and the soil warm. As the plant grows, just add more water to the tubes until the plant is tall enough to poke out of the top.

For additional protection, you can drape frost protection fabric over the tomato cage, or over the plant at night.

When you really want the first vine-ripened tomatoes on the block, choose early varieties and keep them warm.

We have just received several varieties of tomatoes including the following candidates for first to ripen:

'Beaverlodge Slicer 'is a very early ripener (55 days) developed in Alberta, Canada, so it's fairly cold-hardy too. It is a very compact tomato with a rich flavor. The fruit is the size of a large cherry on a low spreading plant that can even be grown in hanging baskets.

'Bush Early Girl' is an early variety (65 days) that bears profusely on a plant that stays under 2 feet tall. Its fruit is up to 4" in diameter and boasts true tomato taste.

'Urbikany' is an early (62 days) small, round, red sweet and juicy tomato. It is a compact, bush-type plant, growing 2 to 3 feet tall. This beauty is from Eastern Europe, so it is also fairly cold-hardy.

Other less common, but highly desirable, varieties include: 'Berkeley Tie-Dye', 'Brown Sugar', 'Black Krim', 'Sungold', and 'Isis Candy'. Learn more about tomato planting at a FREE class on March 14th. See Coming Events for details.


Raised Beds!

Want an instant garden bed? Consider the Geopot Raised Beds. They are made of fabric, so they are lightweight, easy to set up and best of all, breathable. Roots are "air-pruned" as they reach the edges, so they branch and fill the pot. This makes for vigorous root growth and roots, so plants are better able to process water and fertilizer. The end result is healthy plants!

Choose the garden size that works best for you! Geopot beds are available in three sizes:

36"x16"x14" - perfect for an herb garden

72"x16"x14" - perfect for a salad garden

72"x36"x14" - perfect for a compact vegetable garden

Now that we offer G & B Organic Raised Bed and Container Mix, raised beds are easier than ever! No more mixing soils and amendments! Set yours up in time for spring planting and get growing!


Spring Soil Deals!

Just in time for spring planting; special pricing until April 30th. Buy any of these three organic soils and amendments from G & B and get a 4th one FREE!

G & B Organics Raised Bed and Potting Mix is formulated for raised beds and large planters like half barrels. Just pour it into the raised bed and plant!

G & B Organics Planting Mix is our go-to mix for most plantings of trees and shrubs. It improves your soil for optimum, long-term root development.

G & B Organics Harvest Supreme is the soil amendment we recommend using when planting annuals and vegetables. It is a great source of humus, plus it contains beneficial microbes for fast and sturdy root development.

Stock up now for all your spring planting and save!


Coming Events

Sat., March 14th at 2 PM.

Tips For Early Tomato Planting with Lorena Gorsche. Learn strategies for homegrown success! FREE

March 18th - March 22nd
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

It's a fun experience for the whole family with gardens, classes, shopping and kid-friendly activities. Buy your tickets here, and avoid the lines at the show. Bring your ticket back after the show (no matter where you purchased it) and receive $20 off a $50 or larger purchase until April 5th. Wow! Its like going for free!

Sunday, March 29th at 11 AM.

Fairy Garden Class with Tammy MacKenzie. $40 fee covers all materials. Attendees will also receive 20% off additional Fairy Garden accessories. Class size limited to 10. Call us at 408-252-3347 to register and pay by credit card.

April 4th
Organic Gardening Day at Yamagami's.

How To Get Started, with Gisele Shoniger at 10 AM. FREE

Vegetable & Herb Gardening Class at 2 PM with Mrs. Green Jeans. FREE


Beet, Orange and Walnut Salad

What You'll Need:

  • 6 medium beets (stems removed)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese (crumbled)
  • 3 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 2 teaspoons raspberry vinegar

Step by Step:

1. Preheat oven to 400. 

2. Cut three pieces of aluminum foil into 8x8 squares. Scrub beets vigorously (do not peel) and place two beets in the center of each piece of foil.   Drizzle generously with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bundle aluminum foil together to create a tight pouch around each pair of beets.   Repeat with remaining beets and place pouches on a lined baking sheet.  Roast in oven until beets are fork tender, 45-60 minutes.

3. Carefully remove beets from pouches and place in refrigerator until chilled through (can be done a day ahead). After beets have cooled, peel and quarter them.

4. "Supreme" both oranges by cutting out the juicy flesh from the tough membrane: Cut off the top and bottom half inch of your orange. Place a flat side on your cutting board and remove the rest of the peel and pith with your sharp chef's knife. You should now only see juicy, orange flesh. Pick up the orange, and cut a slit towards the center of the fruit on each of the inner sides of a segment's membranes.  The segment should pop right out. Continue all the way around, reserving any juice by "supreming" over a bowl.  

5. Place beets and orange segments in a medium bowl. Add walnuts and blue cheese and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

6. Into the bowl of reserved orange juice, add walnut oil, raspberry vinegar, and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Whisk until well combined.

7. Pour dressing over salad mixture and toss well to coat. Taste for seasoning, adding salt, pepper or vinegar as needed.

Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association
Recipe by Market Chef Erica Emme.


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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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