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Edition 15.40 Yamagami's Garden Center October 1, 2015
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
On October 12th, Store Hours Become 9 AM to 5 PM Daily
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"The watering of a garden requires as much judgment as the seasoning of a soup."
~Helena Rutherford Ely


Plant Doctor Rides Again!

Yamagami's has re-launched our Plant Dr. and Consultation Programs, with more options than ever. Services range from a home visit and general inspection to a brief (not to scale) sketch to a to-scale landscape design (excluding hardscape). Click here to see fees and more info.

Alan Tagami will be running the show; he has many years of experience with our local soils and conditions, as well as plant knowledge and a designer's eye. His fans are legion. He will be training new consultants, so we will be able to expand our services.

If you are interested, you can leave him a phone message at Yamagami's (408.252.3347) or email him at to set up an appointment.


New! A Planting Service!

In response to many requests, Yamagami's is starting a Planting Service. For all the details, click here. We hope to be able to help those who need a little help getting things planted with the confidence that the job is being done right! Let us know if you are interested next time you are here shopping for plants. We will only install plants purchased at Yamagami's.


Fruit Trees...Water-Wise? Yes!

Many people do not seem to realize that many deciduous (lose their leaves in winter) fruit trees are quite water-wise. So much so that the Santa Clara Valley Water District is revising their rebate-approved list to include them.

Planting fruit trees in the winter, when they are dormant, allows them to root in before the growth spurt of spring. Fruit trees can be ordered to arrive next January either bareroot, or in paper pots. Time to start planning your backyard orchard. Need help deciding what to grow and finding the right space for fruit trees?

Join us Saturday, October 3rd at 2 PM as Nancy Garrison talks on Fruit For The South Bay. Nancy has a wealth of information to share from her many years of professional and personal experience with fruit and fruit growers. She was the UC Coop Extension officer responsible for forming the local Master Gardener Program. She is also a past president of the local chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers and is directly responsible for the fruit tree plantings at Prusch Park. Her own garden in Willow Glen is as close to Eden as we get. All this means is that Nancy can help you succeed with your own harvests. Talk is FREE so get here early for a seat!

Click here for the complete listing of bareroot trees (SOFT) that can be special ordered. Cut-off date for orders is November 4th. Bareroot trees have several advantages: they're less expensive, there are more choices, and they are faster to "take". The trade-off is that they must be planted or at least "heeled in" immediately. Some winters that is not a big deal, but often they arrive during a rainy stretch. For that reason, it's a good idea to prepare your planting holes in advance and cover them (and the soil mound for backfill) with a plastic tarp. Do not ever plant in wet soil. See our Bareroot Planting Guide.

Click here for the complete listing of 2016 Paper Potted Fruit Trees. These trees will arrive in biodegradable paper pots that can be planted, then break down with time. There are a couple advantages of the paper pot offerings over the bareroot ones. They can wait in those paper pots for up to a year until you are ready to plant them - and there are varieties that are not available bareroot. For example, EZ Pick trees have already been grown and pruned to have low branches for ease in keeping the tree and fruit within reach. Multi-graft and espaliered fruit trees are only available in paper pots. Follow our Planting Fruit Trees From Paper Pots Guide carefully for guaranteed success.

One way or another, Yamagami's can help you with how to create your own garden of eatin' and still be water-wise!


The Cool Season Veggie Garden

Because of the cooler weather and rain (hopefully), cool season veggie gardens are easier to maintain. Greens, root crops, and peas thrive here through spring. Many herbs also thrive when planted in the fall, particularly those used in holiday dinners - for exampe, parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Many herbs are also water-wise perennials, excellent landscape plants as well as culinary must-haves. Rosemary, thymes, sages, oreganos, and French tarragon are all examples and now available in 1 gallon cans. Look for these exciting varieties: Greek Oregano, Berggarten Sage, Portuguese Thyme, True English Thyme, and real French Tarragon.

Whether you are starting from scratch or merely recharging your existing summer garden, Yamagami's can help with the best selection of plants and seed, but also the supplies that guarantee success. Join us on Sunday, October 4th for a fun and informative afternoon of cool season veggies.

Sunday, October 4th, at 1 PM Kerri Gardner will lead a class on soil and fertilizer for the organic vegetable gardens. You'll learn about adding life to back to your soil for the heaviest and healthiest harvests. Class participants will each receive a FREE 1 quart bottle of all natural and organic G & B Liquid All Purpose Fertilizer!

Sunday, October 4th, at 2 PM, Mrs. Green Jeans discusses what to plant and offers growing tips from many years of experience. She'll cover planting edible container gardens too. After her talk, she will lead attendees through a tour of our vegetable and herb department and answer your questions. Class participants will each receive a FREE 1 quart bottle of all natural and organic G & B Liquid All Purpose Fertilizer!

Make this year's cool season veggie garden your best ever!

Barbecue Rosemary is prized for its long, straight stems that make excellent skewers!

Berggarten Sage is one of the tastiest culinary sages; it also has a lovely flower.

Portuguese Thyme is a tidy ground cover and a taste treat!


Water-Wise Bulbs!

Bulb season is in full swing and a great selection is available. Many of the fall bulbs are native to a Mediterranean-type climate and can naturalize (go native) with little or no extra water needed.

Daffodils, Ixia (Corn Lily), Freesia, Allium, and Sparaxis (Harlequin Flower) are all excellent choices. Follow our Fall Bulb Planting Guide for success! Come browse our selection and add bulbs to your water-wise garden!


Fragrant Freeesias


Hair Allium, Yow!


Coming Events

The Edible Garden Weekend: October 3rd and 4th

Saturday, October 3rd at 2 PM
Fruit For The South Bay,
with Nancy Garrison, local fruit expert.

Nancy has extensive experience with all kinds of fruit (including rare and unusual varieties) in her Willow Glen garden.

Sunday, October 4th - Veggie Garden Day!
Both talks are FREE. Come early to get a seat.

1 PM
Kerri Gardner talks about Soil Prep and Organic Fertilizers .

FREE Gardner & Bloome Liquid All-Purpose Fertilizer to class participants!

2 PM
Mrs. Green Jeans talks about Fall Veggie and Herb Choices, plus gives Growing Tips.

Monday, October 12th Yamagami's store hours change to 9 AM to 5 PM DAILY

Saturday, October 24th at 10 AM Fairy Garden Class ed by Tammy McKenzie. $40 fee covers materials and instructions to create and bring home your own whimsical garden. It's fun to do with family or friends.

Wednesday, November 4th - Last day to special order bareroot fruit trees.

Please click here for details.

Sunday, November 15th - last day to pre-order and get a 10% discount on your Cut Christmas Tree.
Please click here for details.


Slow Cooker Stuffed Bell Peppers

What You Need:

  • 4 bell peppers
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 (10 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup diced white onion
  • 1 cup cooked instant rice
  • 1 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese, divided
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Step by Step:

  • Cut the tops off of each bell pepper.
  • Remove any seeds and stems from the inside.
  • Dice the tops of you removed.
  • In a large bowl, combine the raw ground beef, tomato sauce, onion, rice, diced bell pepper tops and 1/2 cup of the cheese.
  • Season mixture with salt and pepper.
  • Stir to combine with a spatula.
  • Stuff each pepper with the ground beef mixture.
  • Fill crock pot with one inch of water.
  • Place bell peppers inside.
  • Cover with lid and cook on Low heat for 6 hours OR on High for 4 hours.
  • Top each stuffed pepper with the remaining shredded cheese.
  • Cover with lid until cheese has melted.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!


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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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