Please click here to read the newsletter if it does not display correctly below.
Edition 16.15 Yamagami's Garden Center April 14, 2016
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
featured quote


"A weed is but an unloved flower."
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Grow Your Own Health;
Plant Antioxidant-Rich Berries!

We've just received a fresh shipment of berries in starter-size pots. Berries, so yummy, turn out to be some of the healthiest food you can grow. You can even grow many in containers if space is an issue. Listed below are some of the berries now in stock:

Goji berries have been scientifically linked to aiding the body's fight against diseases including cancer. They have been shown to protect the liver from contaminates and contain more beta-carotene than a carrot! Toss them in everything from cereal to salads to marinades.

Blueberries contain high amounts of antioxidants that neutralize free radical damage on a cellular level. Blueberries also help to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, cataracts, and peptic ulcers.

Blackberries (and Boysenberries) not only contain high amounts of antioxidants, they are also rich in pectin, a soluble fiber that helps lower cholesterol levels. They are high in vitamins C, E, and ellagic acid. Current research is focusing on their cancer-fighting properties.


Strategies of Tomato Planting

We get so many questions about when to plant tomatoes - and with our weirdly fluctuating weather, a specific week or day is almost impossible to predict. Every year the tomato planting fever hits earlier than the weather is right. All the different climate pockets in our area complicate predictions.

Our best recommendation is to plant tomatoes when the night temperatures are consistently above 50°F. Does this mean you should NEVER plant before that? No. It means it is a gamble and you should hedge your bets.

• Kozy Coats keep the air around the plant and the soil at its base warmer at night.
• Plant at staggered dates in reverse order of tomato size, cherry tomatoes first and giant beefsteaks last.
• Always plant more than one variety and include one early variety every year. Because our weather seems to be different every year, it may be the only one that thrives.
• Plant tomato starts deep, leaving only 2 or 3 sets of leaves above ground.
• Mulch.

These strategies can help you harvest the earliest possible vine-ripened tomatoes!

Lesser-known varieties worth mentioning, that are currently in stock:

• Sugary is an award-winning, incredibly sweet, grape-shaped, cherry tomato.

• Sweet Clusters has very sweet 4 oz. tomatoes growing in clusters of 6 or more.

• Ed's Millennium: A local selection of Brandywine, with very large and meaty tomatoes and a wonderful flavor. A staff favorite!

• San Marzano Gigante 3 is a very large San Marzano (paste) variety with meaty fruit. It has an excellent, rich, robust flavor, and is so sweet it's even good eaten fresh. It really shines for making sauce.


Beautiful Night Lights

Lithophanes are etched porcelain panels that come alive when turned on. Their transformation, going from off to on, is almost magical. The light they cast is warm and glowing and the scenes portrayed are amazingly detailed. We offer lots of different scenes.

Use them in bedrooms, bathrooms, and halls. They make excellent gifts for new homeowners, children, and for older folks who don't want to stumble in the dark. They are made in the USA.

Night Light Off

Night Light On


Now Is The Time
For Grub Control!

Grubs in your lawn are a problem. First, because they eat lawn root, causing yellow or brown spots. The grubs have hatched from eggs laid by beetles and they come into this world hungry!

Then second, because grubs are considered a real taste treat by hungry skunks and raccoons that will tear up your lawn in the fall to find the grubs. What to do?

The best way to prevent dead grass spots and a destroyed lawn is to treat in April and August, in other words, NOW. This is when the grubs are closest to the soil surface and actively feeding and thus, most vulnereable.

There are some organic and safe treatment options.

Beneficial nematodes are microscopic worms that lay their eggs in grubs which then hatch and eat their way through the grub.

Safer Grub Killer is a spray that contains Neem Oil as its active ingredient.

We also offer Bayer Grub Control, which comes in granular form.

Whichever control you choose, apply it right away. Lawns are recovering quickly from the drought with all the rain, and actively growing vulnerable new roots.


Coming Events

Tips for Tomato Planting - 30 minute talk, with a brief guided tour of our veggie section. 2 more sessions. Free.
Saturday, April 16 at 3 PM, led by Carolyn Rosen
Sunday, April 17 at 11 AM, led by Grace Olson

Friday, April 22, is Earth Day!

Do something nice for Mother Earth - plant a tree and/or mulch your soil.

May 6, 7, and 8 - Mother's Day Sale

20% OFF All Roses


Spring Vegetable Casserole

What You'll Need:

  • 8 small new potatoes
  • 1 small cauliflower, broken into florets - or an equivalent amount of broccoli florets
  • 8 baby carrots
  • 4 stalks asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Chopped fresh parsley

Step by Step:

  • Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan over high heat. Add potatoes; cover and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes; drain and set aside.
  • Repeat cooking process with the cauliflower (or broccoli), carrots and asparagus, cooking separately just until crisp-tender.
  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole with butter or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Arrange vegetables in buttered casserole.
  • For sauce, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth. Gradually stir in milk.
  • Cook until thickened, stirring constantly.
  • Add cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Pour sauce over vegetables and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
  • Bake until heated through - about 15-20 minutes.
Yield: 4-6 servings


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

Have a Look
Around the Site:

Visit us online at
Yamagami's Nursery
for planting guides, our monthly
garden planner, upcoming events
and so much more!

Click for full map.

Find us on Facebook

Subscribe to
What's Growing On!

Click here to subscribe, unsubscribe or change your address.

For timely reminders about lawns, sign up for our FREE Lawn Care Reminder Service here.

Be a Guest Gardener:

Gardeners love to learn from other gardeners "over the fence." We would love to include a tour and/or an article from one of our readers!

Contact Information:

Click to e-mail us.


1361 S. De Anza Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014

7 Days a Week:
9 am to 5 pm

Finally, the perfect soil for raised beds!

Seed Starter

Vegetable fertilizer

Soil Building Compost
print thisclick here to print articles