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Edition 17.15 Yamagami's Garden Center April 13, 2017
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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"A weed is but an unloved flower."
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Good Things In Small Packages: Berries!

They may be small, but berries pack a wallop of nutrition! In addition to their delicious taste, berries have lots of health benefits. For quite a while we have known that the flavonoids in berries that give them their color are beneficial to your heart. Researchers keep finding more benefits from eating berries - including lowering the risk of cancer, fighting Alzheimer's disease, reducing inflammation, and even help with weight loss. There even seems to be a link between eating lots of berries and lowering the risk of erectile dysfunction.

Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries all grow well here. Yamagami's currently offers a good selection of berries in different sizes. Here are a few of our favorites:

Triple Crown Blackberry has that perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors. It's very productive and is thornless!

Pink Lemonade Blueberry offers deep pink, very sweet fruit. It is tasty and best eaten fresh.

Autumn Gold Raspberry is just too pretty to resist. Sweet and tasty, it blends beautifully with other berries and fruit.

Ruben's Tomato Picks

Ruben, our veggie buyer, has stocked our veggie section with great varieties, some old favorites and some lesser-known ones. Following are a few tomatoes he feels should be planted more often.

Early Cascade Tomato is a delicious, early-ripening (62 days) tomato. It is sturdy, disease-resistant, and more tolerant of cool evenings. It bears clusters of red, salad-size tomatoes. Indeterminate.

Big Mama bears heavy crops of large (up to 5" long) paste tomatoes. Tasty and meaty, Big Mama peels easily and has few seeds, perfect for sauces. Indeterminate.

Super Fantastic VFN is a hybrid beefsteak tomato that that bears large, meaty, smooth-skinned fruit with excellent flavor. It has built-in resistance to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F), and nematodes (N). Indeterminate and very vigorous, so cage or stake carefully.

For more tomato info, attend a free Tips For Tomato Success Class on Saturday, April 22 at 11 AM or Saturday, April 29 at 11 AM. Hannah will give a brief planting and growing talk, demo, and tour of our veggie section.

Buy 3, Get 1 Free!

Through the month of April we are offering all-organic G & B Raised Bed & Potting Mix and Harvest Supreme at the buy 3, get 1 free deal. Yes, you can mix and match them.

Get Grubs NOW!

That's right, it's time to get grubs and timing is everything! They are now coming out of their winter slumber, hungry and ready for love. Soon they will emerge from the ground to fly and mate and lay eggs for the next nasty generation. Grubs eat roots (which is bad enough), but what is worse are the varmints who eat the grubs! Maybe your lawn was torn up last fall or you saw your neighbor's lawn ripped asunder. That was the work of greedy raccoons and skunks who just love fat, tasty grubs on their fall menus.

Strike now and again in August to rid yourself of these pests. Yamagami's offers two safe and natural controls. For the vegetable garden as well as lawns and flowerbeds, beneficial nematodes are the answer. They hit the soil looking for food and fat, juicy grubs hit their spot! Beneficial nematodes are safe for food crops and are an important weapon in the organic gardener's arsenal.

Another organic (OMRI approved) treatment good for lawns is Safer Grub Killer, which contains Neem oil (from the Neem tree) and comes in a handy, ready-to-spray bottle. Just attach it to your hose and spray. Thwart those masked marauders by getting their grubs NOW (and again in August).

Coming Events

Sunday, April 16th
Easter Sunday Special!

After shopping, pick out an Easter Egg at the cashier's and get a 20% to 50% discount (listed in the egg) off your entire purchase. Do you feel lucky?

We will close at 2 PM.

Saturday, April 22nd at 11 AM:

Tips For Tomato Success with Hannah Soriano. A quick demo, a brief tour of our veggie section, some great advice - and you will grow the tastiest tomatoes ever! Class will be repeated Saturday, April 29th at 11 AM. Class is FREE!

Sunday, May 14th is Mother's Day!

Say it with flowers or herbs and veggies. A container garden assembled by her loved ones is a precious gift. We can help!

Saturday, June 3rd from 10 AM to 2 PM:
Chrysanthemum Starter Plant Sale

Members of the local Chrysanthemum Society will be selling florist mum starter plants at very reasonable prices. They are cuttings from the members' own personal collections. Members can teach you how to grow your own show-stopping specimens!

For information on growing Chrysanthemums, catch Jeffrey Mac Donald, President of the Bay Area Chrysanthemum Society, at Gamble Garden in Palo Alto. He'll be teaching a class on Saturday, May 6th from 10 AM to 12 noon. Call 650.329.1356 for details.

Saturday, June 10th from 10 AM to 2 PM:
Fuchsia Show and Sale!

Come see some beautiful Fuchsia blossoms and learn how to grow your own. Starter plants are for sale by Fuchsia Society members. Come get some great deals on some wonderful varieties.

Creamy Lemon Chicken Soup

What You'll Need:

  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 1/2 quarts chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup orzo pasta
  • 5 ounces chopped fresh spinach
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Step by Step:

  • Bring chicken and broth to a boil in a small soup kettle or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add orzo; cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add spinach, reduce the heat and simmer 8 to 10 minutes.
  • While soup simmers, beat eggs and lemon juice until frothy in a medium bowl.
  • Gradually whisk several ladles full of the hot soup into the eggs, being careful not to curdle the eggs.
  • Turn off the soup kettle; return egg and soup mixture to the pot and stir well.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve at once.


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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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Cupertino, CA 95014

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