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Edition 16.12 Yamagami's Garden Center March 24, 2016
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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"I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error."
~Sara Stein, My Weeds, 1988


Easter Sale!

Make time on Easter Sunday, March 27th, to hunt garden bargains! Pick up an Easter egg from the cashier when you're ready to check out. Open it to discover a discount from 20% to 50% OFF your entire purchase!

This Easter discount cannot be combined with other offers. Note: Yamagami's will be closing at 2 PM.


Bush Peonies Have Arrived!

Bush peonies offer vibrant crimson, purple, pink, cream, coral and even nearly black blooms. The clumping bush has ferny foliage that dies back every winter. A single peony bush can produce bountiful blossoms.

Bush peony shrubs can live for decades, providing beauty for several generations. Big and showy peony flowers spring up in late spring, presenting striking blooms that can reach up to 7 inches around.

They prefer a sunny location with a bit of afternoon shade in the summer. We offer 10 varieties, spanning their color range.

Their one demand is for winter chill. Plant them or place their pot where they will be exposed to as much frost as possible.

Some people use a whiskbroom in the fall to gently whisk the soil from the crown of the root. They then put a tray of ice cubes on the exposed roots every night in December and January. This ensures best flower production. Simply add mulch the following spring as they start to leaf out.

Buckeye Belle Peony

Inspector Laverne Peony

Shirley Temple Peony

Bowl of Beauty Peony

Paul M. Wild Peony


Growing Tomatoes In Containers

Tomato season is moving into full gear in the next few weeks. If you have planted them in the same plot for a few years, it's time to replenish that area and let it sit out a season. Maybe your clay soil is so compacted that you'd need a jackhammer to dig a tomato-sized planting hole. Luckily tomatoes grow very well in containers, and heirloom varieties may even prefer them. When space is an issue, choose determinate (bush) varieties, which will bear - even in a 12" to 16" pot.

Cherry tomatoes will also tolerate smaller containers, although the plant itself becomes quite large. Larger plants appreciate larger pots. Other vegetables can also be grown in containers. Newer compact varieties of squash and cucumbers bear delicious crops in little space. Peppers and eggplants grow well in pots too.

When planting tomatoes before May, using Kozy Coats is a way to provide heat on cooler days and nights. In the ground or in pots, weather fluctuations slow down tomato growth, reducing their vigor. If you are in a hurry for that first, precious, vine-ripened tomato, using Kozy Coats is the best strategy.

Because you will plant in G&B Potting Soil, your plants will have perfect drainage. It also means the plants will be safe from soil-borne diseases and pests. This is a great benefit to many heirloom tomatoes that may not have much disease-resistance bred into them. Heirloom or not, large-fruited tomatoes like beefsteaks will benefit, because being in a pot means that the sun will warm the rootball, tricking the plant into believing maybe it is in the Central Valley where beefsteaks thrive. Good amendments to boost the nutrients of potting soil are Worm-Gro and/or Harvest Supreme.

Yamagami's Nursery offers many container choices. Smart Pots are a popular choice, because they are reasonably priced and come in large enough sizes to comfortably hold even the largest of plants. Smart Pots even come in sizes large enough for a raised bed vegetable garden. Plants thrive in Smart Pots, because their roots are able to breathe and get air-pruned instead of getting rootbound. Come see the entire line of Smart Pots.

Tomato in a Smart Pot,
with a Kozy Coat

We also offer other lightweight plastic pots in a range of sizes. Of course, you can plant tomatoes in dressier ceramic pots too. Yamagami's offers many options for the container gardener. We do not recommend using saucers under your pots because root rot can occur if the roots sit in water. If you must, we recommend that you fill the saucer with rock so that the bottom of the pot cannot sit in water. We even have some attractive rock choices for a finished look.


Traps Are Great
Preventative Medicine

If you had any of the following insect pets last year in your garden, it's almost a sure bet they'll be back, but how to know? Trapping is an excellent way to determine if certain common pests are setting up camp your garden. In the case of a light infestation, trapping alone will eliminate some of the breeding population. For heavier infestations, trapping will serve as an indicator of when to spray. Like any other pest or disease problem, early detection makes the problem easier to control!

• You can prevent wormy apples. Set Codling Moth traps out two weeks before apple and pear trees come into bloom. Codling moths lay the eggs that become the worms you find in apples and pears. Encourage your neighbors to do the same.

If traps become half full, replace them and start spraying at dusk with Monterey Garden Insect Spray (Spinosad). See our FREE Fruit Tree Care Calendar for more information.


• Hang Sticky Whitefly Traps to monitor the whitefly population and Sticky Blue Thrip Traps help monitor thrip populations before either pest can get out of control.

The traps are safe to use in flower, fruit or vegetable gardens.

• Citrus Leaf Miner has become a widespread pest. Leaves are curled with whitish trails when the pest is present. If you are not sure about your funny looking leaves, bring samples in plastic bags to the Info Center for ID. If a neighbor's tree shows symptoms, hang Citrus Leaf Miner Traps in your trees to monitor for an infestation. Do not cut off damaged branches or leaves because that promotes new, vulnerable growth. Spray with 3 times, 10 days apart, with Monterey Garden Insect Spray to control. Then hang traps again, to monitor for a re-infestation.

• Set out Biocare Yellowjacket and Wasp Traps now to catch the newly emerging queens out looking for a place to nest. If you can trap one now, that represents a whole nest that will never be. Traps do not attract honey bees!

Talk to your neighbors about working together to keep your area free of these stinging pests so you can enjoy your garden.


Coming Events

Sunday, March 27th
Easter Sunday Special!

Pick a plastic Easter Egg at the cashiers and receive the 20% to 50% discount printed inside the egg on your purchase. Discount cannot be combined with other offers. Yamagami's is closing at 2 PM.

Tips for Tomato Planting - 30 minute talk, with a brief guided tour of our veggie section. Free.
Sunday, April 3 at 11 AM, led by Chris Yamashita
Saturday, April 9 at 3 PM, led by TBA
Sunday, April 10 at 11 AM, led by Grace Olson
Saturday, April 16 at 3 PM, led by TBA
Sunday, April 17 at 11 AM, led by Grace Olson


Garden Fresh Fettuccine Alfredo

What You'll Need:

This recipe makes any novice cook a gourmet chef! Enjoy!
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 8 ounces parmesan cheese [for creamier texture, grate fresh]
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 lb. fettuccine
  • 8 ounces cauliflower florets
  • 8 ounces broccoli florets

Step by Step:

  • In a double boiler, combine butter, cream cheese and heavy cream over low heat until thoroughly melted and smooth.
  • In a large pot, cook fettuccine in boiling water until done. [Note: salted water will speed up the time to wait for water to boil and add some flavor to the fettuccine]
  • Blanch broccoli and cauliflower in boiling water until tender; do not over-cook. Drain and place aside for combining with other ingredients.
  • Drain fettuccine (do not rinse with water!), then place in a large bowl.
  • Mix in vegetables and sauce and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Serve immediately.


3 day forecast

3 day forecast


New Native Planting Mix
G & B Organics
Native Planting Mix
is ideal for CA natives and other water-wise plants.

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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