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Edition 16.04 Yamagami's Garden Center January 28, 2016
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM
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"Knowledge consists of knowing that a tomato is a fruit, and wisdom consists of not putting it in a fruit salad."
~ Miles Kington


Spring-Flowering Trees

Few plants proclaim spring like a beautiful flowering tree. Winter is a great time to plant, because the trees are dormant and easy to handle. Yamagami's offers many choices. Here is a sampling of some of our favorites for our area:

Japanese Flowering Apricots (Prunus mume)- Whether you want their lovely blossoms or their ume (fruit), we offer several varieties including Matsubara Red, Single Pink, and Shiro kaga.

Matsubara Red Japanese Flowering Apricot

Flowering Crabapples- Spectacular in spring, flowering crabapples come in a range of colors, shapes, and sizes. They are sturdy and reliable in the landscape. Many bear small fruit, which are much appreciated by birds. Radiant, Prairie Fire, and Royal Raindrops are currently in stock.

Prairie Fire
Flowering Crabapple

Flowering Cherries may be the most universally beloved flowering tree. The delicate beauty of Akebono Cherry inspires visitors to Washington D.C. every year when it puts on its show. The dramatic, huge, double pink flowers of the Extraordinaire Weeping Cherry are truly awesome. For the traditionalist, the umbrella form and dainty pink flowers of the Double Weeping Cherry are an important element in a Japanese garden.

Akebono Flowering Cherry

More flowering trees will arrive as we get closer to spring, including Dogwoods, Magnolias and Flowering Plums. Stay tuned!


Winter Fruit Tree Care

It's time to spray to protect your fruit trees from insect or disease problems. No matter what you are spraying, time it so that there will be 48 rain-free hours afterwards. Otherwise, you'll need to repeat the spraying. Protect your fruit trees now and reap bountiful harvests!

Peach trees are susceptible to peach leaf curl, which is spread in winter storms. Spray Monterey LiquiCop on them now, and one more time as their buds swell - but before they open.

The ready-to-spray bottle means no more mixing or measuring; just attach it to your hose and go! If there are no plants growing under your peach, spray the ground too, as diseases will live in the soil.

Plums and cherries are susceptible to aphid damage, especially on their very young tender growth. Since aphids over-winter on the bark of limbs and trunks, spray the trees with Monterey Horticultural Oil to smother them, one time during in the winter.

Watch plums and cherries carefully as their new growth emerges and spray again if aphids appear. Aphids reproduce rapidly as soon as spring is here, so early intervention will save you (and your trees) a lot of grief.

It's also time to prune most deciduous fruit trees (not apricots). We offer an invaluable little book, How to Prune Fruit Trees and Roses. We suggest getting a copy and taking it with you as you prune. For more information and answers to your questions about your own particular trees, attend a class!

We are lucky to host Nancy Garrison, fruit expert, for another fun and informative class on Winter Fruit Tree Care on Saturday, February 6th at 10 AM.

The founder of the local Master Gardeners, and past president of CA Rare Fruit Growers, Nancy Garrison is very knowledgeable about fruit and how to succeed with bountiful harvests. She currently works as an Edible Garden Consultant and teaches pruning.

Class is FREE and attendees get a coupon for 20% OFF their purchases that day!


New Products For Organic Gardeners

Tammy, our garden supply buyer, has brought in a few new supplies for the organic garden.

We have had many requests for compost tea, but the liquid has a short shelf life, is bulky to handle, and generally not user friendly. We now offer Xtreme Compost Tea Bags, which store well, are easy to handle, and are user-friendly.

They contain earthworm castings and kelp and are formulated to increase microbial activity in your soil. This translates into more nutrients available to your plants and overall greater vigor.

From Messina, we offer Dog and Cat Stopper and Rodent Stopper. Both products repel critters through taste and scent, not poisons. They are organic and safe to use around fruits and vegetables.

The Dog and Cat Stopper is pleasant smelling to us, then dries clear and odor-free. It lasts about 30 days, rain or shine. Use it on flowers, shrubs, turf, and other areas that dogs and cats use to bed down, dig or leave their droppings.

The Rodent Stopper is used to keep mice and rats away from indoor storage areas, residences, sheds, garages and other spaces

Guess who gets frisky in the rain? Snails and slugs!

Slimy babies start appearing just in time for seedlings and tender young spring growth. Spray Gro•Power Snail and Slug Away on and around vulnerable young plantings to protect them.

It is natural, organic and non-toxic, so it is safe to use on flowers, fruits and vegetables, and around humans, pets and wildlife. It does not harm earthworms.

Let the friendly staff at Yamagami's guide you to a successful earth-friendly garden!


It's Seed Starting Time!

Time to get your garden growing! Begin with starting seeds for early crops. Root crops like beets and carrots can be sown directly into the ground while greens can be sown directly or started in flats or pots.

Yamagami's offers a great selection of seeds including many organic choices and many Asian choices. One of our favorite sources is Renee's Garden Seed, because all her seed is test grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and because Renee travels the world looking for superior sources and varieties of seeds.

One area of her focus is providing colorful blends of seeds such as multi-colored beans or chard in one packet. Colorful veggies mean more healthful anti-oxidants. It also means prettier gardens and dishes. Every year she adds new choices. Here are some for planting now:

"Five Color Rainbow" Beets
This gorgeous five-color mix is a visual knockout in both garden and kitchen. Enjoy as sweet baby beets when you thin your seedlings. Let the rest mature before harvest. Deep purple, orange-yellow, candy-striped, cerise and white colors are beautiful to behold and a real taste treat!

Rainbow Mix, "Harlequin" Carrots
Exclusive – A mix of great-tasting, early-maturing carrots in a kaleidoscope of fun colors: orange, yellow, white and purple. Each color tastes subtly different and all are first-rate for eating and juicing.

"Ruby & Emerald Streaks" Mustard
A mix of feathery ruby and emerald salad mustards is fast growing and as pretty as a picture with a delicious tart but mild flavor.

They really liven up a salad both visually and in flavor.

Come in to see the rest of our seeds. We also proudly offer Kitazawa Seeds and Botanical Interest Seeds. You'll also find Gardner & Bloome Seed Starting Mix, peat pots, and other seedy supplies.


Coming Events

Saturday, February 6th at 10 AM

Pruning and Care of Fruit Trees with local fruit expert, Nancy Garrison. Her specialty is helping people to feel confident in pruning their own trees. FREE. Attendees will receive a coupon for 20% OFF their purchases that day!

Chinese New Year starts February 8th

We are entering the Year of the Monkey! We have a great selection of Kumquats and other Citrus for your celebration. We also have a good supply of other blooming plants.

Sunday, February 7th at 11 AM

Fairy Garden Class. $40 fee covers materials to create and take home your own garden. It's a fun experience to share with friends and family.

Sunday, February 14th at 11 AM, Saturday, February 20th at 10 AM, and Saturday, February 27th at 10 AM

Japanese Maple Pruning Class with Landscape Consultant, Alan Tagami. Learn how to bring out the beauty of your maple.

Sunday, March 13th, 11 AM to 1 PM

Celebration of Citrus! Taste many varieties of citrus fruit and citrus-enhanced goodies! Talk with the grower and discover the best citrus for your garden. FREE!   


March 16th - March 20th
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

It's a fun experience for the whole family, with gardens, classes and fun. Early tickets (through Feb. 28th) are $17.50. Buy your tickets here, and avoid the line 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 3rd. Wow! Its like going for free!


California Stuffed Chard

Bright chard leaves make perfect wrappers for this handsome entrée, which is halfway between stuffed grape leaves and stuffed cabbage but lighter than either dish.

What You'll Need:

  • Meat Filling:
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground veal or turkey
  • 1/4 pound lean ground pork
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1 teaspoon each chopped fresh (or 1/2 tsp. dried) oregano and thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 15 chard leaves, stems removed and reserved
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons good, fruity olive oil
  • Garnish:
  • Lemon slices
  • Fresh yogurt or sour cream

Step by Step:

Mix the meat filling ingredients together until well combined and set aside.

Immerse the chard leaves, 4 or 5 at a time, in a pot of boiling water for 2 minutes or until limp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well. Repeat with all the leaves and drain. Discard the water.

Lay chard leaves out flat. Mound several rounded tablespoons of the reserved meat filling on the center of each leaf. Fold sides of leaf over center, then fold top and bottom down. Roll each leaf into a compact bundle. (Can be made ahead until this point.)

Finely chop reserved chard stems. In a large heavy pot, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Sauté the chopped onions and chard stems for 5 minutes or until the onion is soft. Lay chard bundles on top of the sautéed vegetables, add chicken stock and sprinkle with lemon juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Drizzle 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil over the bundles. Simmer over low heat until filling is done - about 35 minutes. Garnish savory chard bundles with fresh yogurt or sour cream to top the bundles.

This recipe is courtesy of Renee's Garden Seeds.
For more great garden-inspired recipes, see Renee's books available at Yamagami's:
Recipes from a Kitchen Garden
More Recipes from a Kitchen Garden


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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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