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Edition 15.13 Yamagami's Garden Center March 26, 2015
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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"Plants give us oxygen for the lungs and for the soul."
~Linda Solegato


Nanjing Beauty Sweet Olive

We have just received Nanjing Beauty Sweet Olive (Osmanthus fragrans 'Fodingzhu' or 'Fudingzhu') in 5 gallon size cans.

These incredibly fragrant beauties will make an amazing hedge. Nanjing Beauty blooms prolifically and often.

Hurry in if you are interested, as they sell out quickly.


Tomato Season Begins!

With the arrival of spring comes the full onslaught of tomato varieties! Our selection is rapidly expanding and will be at its peak in April. Some varieties will be available during most of the season, while others may just show up once or twice. Browse our veggie section often for new arrivals.

Planting veggies and tomatoes weekly for the next 6 weeks will yield staggered harvests. Since our summer weather tends to be erratic, some tomatoes will produce better one year than the next. This is why we recommend planting at least one "tried and true" tomato variety, no matter what else you plant.

We offer organically grown starts as well as conventionally grown plants. Our buyer, Ruben, works hard to bring in the best varieties for our area. Our plants all have signs to help you make your choices. Follow our FREE Tomato Planting Guide to success.

Some Staff Favorites:

'Early Girl' - A hybrid tomato considered to be tried and true. It bears well no matter what our summer weather is like. The tomatoes are early ripening, salad-sized, and have a rich tomato-ey flavor. The plant is highly disease-resistant when its name on the tag is followed by VFN.

'Ed's Millennium' - An absolutely delicious heirloom beefsteak-type developed by a local Master Gardener. Huge and meaty, it has few seeds and a thin skin. It is a large plant and very productive.

'Stupice' - An early bearing heirloom tomato that consistently produces tasty fruit. We consider it to be tried and true. Both early and late plantings thrive.

'Sungold' - A favorite of many, it is a golden, sweet, cherry tomato that bears prolifically. It scores high in every taste test. Kids love it!


Tomato Cages

Studies have shown that caged tomatoes bear more heavily than staked or unsupported plants. Personal experience has taught me the importance of caging plants when planting - or very soon thereafter.

Yamagami's offers a large selection of cages in different, sizes, colors and degrees of sturdiness. Bear in mind that determinate (bush) tomatoes only need small cages, while indeterminate (vine) types need tall, extra-sturdy cages.

Some cages are round, some are square and some come in curved pieces that can be used solo against a wall, or in pairs, or even in groups of three. They range in heights from 3' tall cones to 6' folding square cages. Check out our cage selection while you are browsing our extensive tomato selection!


Spring Lawn Care!

With yet another thirsty summer approaching, it is more important than ever to get your lawn healthy enough to withstand some drought stress. This means watering deeply and infrequently, and using organic fertilizer.

Consider taking your sprinklers off automatic and using it on the manual setting only as needed. The deeper you can grow the lawn's roots, the healthier it will be. Raise your mowing height so that the grass can shade its roots better and keep its roots cooler.

G & B Organic Lawn Food feeds your soil and your lawn. It releases slowly and steadily to green without increasing mowing requirements and water needs. It contains beneficial soil microbes that enable roots to process water and fertilizer more efficiently. Best of all, it is earth-friendly with no run-off pollutants.

If your lawn (or your neighbor's) was torn up by varmints last fall, it's time to get those grubs NOW! OMRI-approved Safer Grub Control uses Neem Oil (from the Neem tree) to kill newly emerging grubs before they have a chance to mate and lay eggs for the next generation. Just attach the bottle to your hose and spray. It's safe, organic and easy!

Another organic grub control choice is to sic beneficial nematodes on to those grubs. Beneficial nematodes lay their eggs in grubs. The eggs hatch and eat their way out of the grub (just like in Alien). Beneficial nematodes are also safe to use in vegetable gardens. Just mix them with water and spray them, or use them in a watering can. Whichever grub control treatment you choose, repeat it in August.


Coming Events

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 Start An Organic Garden, with Gisele Shoniger at 10 AM. Learn about soils and fertilizers and how they interact to produce bountiful crops. FREE

Vegetable & Herb Gardening Class at 2 PM with Mrs. Green Jeans. Learn about what to plant now and how best to plant it. FREE

Easter hours:
Sunday, April 5th from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Easter Sunday Sale
Each customer gets to choose an Easter egg,containing a discount from 20% to 50% off their purchase. Happy Easter!


Shrimp with Orzo and Feta

What You'll Need:

  • 10 ounces orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, shelled and de-veined
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 3 medium tomatoes, seeded, chopped
  • 4-6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tbsp. fresh basil, minced
  • Make orzo according to package directions (about 6 minutes after water boils).
  • Meanwhile, in large non-stick skillet, melt butter over high heat.
  • Add shrimp, salt, pepper, and dried basil.
  • Cook 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until shrimp just turn pink.
  • Add tomatoes and cook about 30 seconds, stirring.
  • Remove skillet from heat.
  • Drain orzo and add it and feta to shrimp mixture.
  • Toss to mix. Top with fresh basil and serve.


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Finally, the perfect soil for raised beds!

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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