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Edition 17.21 Yamagami's Garden Center May 25, 2017
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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"I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright."
~Henry David Thoreau

Guac This Way...

Yes, you can grow avocados here, and many people do! Location, location, location is of utmost importance. Even the hardiest of avocado trees do not enjoy frost. Against a heat-retaining wall is the most protected, thus best place for your tree. As to which variety to plant, well, that is a matter of what you like to eat, balanced with your location, and how much frost protection you are willing or able to provide.

In our area there are two main strains grown successfully, the Mexican varieties (e.g. Jim Bacon) and the predominantly Guatemalan varieties (e.g. Hass). The Mexican varieties are thin-skinned and hardier while the Guatemalans tend to be thicker skinned and more frost-tender. Yamagami's offers both strains.

As our area has hugely fluctuating weather conditions, avocado flowers do not open all at once, so the presence of both "A" and "B" types does not affect fruiting. Good pollination; however, IS very important. Plant bee-attracting plants near your avocado tree to encourage vigorous pollinator activity.

For specific avocado varietal information and even a guacamole recipe, consult our Avocado Guide. Please note that not all varieties listed are present here at the same time, AND that we may also have varieties in stock that are not listed.

Summery Sunflowers

Nothing sings summer garden like blooming sunflowers. They're not just for edible seeds; you can plant sunflowers for their awesome display, for the delight of pollinators, or for cut flowers. There are many different kinds for different uses. Following are some of our favorites:

Autumn Beauty blossoms are in mixed shades of autumn colors (orange, yellow, bronze, red) and are a great favorite of pollinators. Flowers are about 6" in diameter on 1 to 3 foot long stems, and are good for cutting. The multi-branched plants grow to 5 feet tall.

Big Bear has fuzzy-wuzzy golden flowers (up to 6" across) on a multi-branched plant. It grows to 6 foot tall for a spectacular show.

Strawberry Blonde has pastel yellow and pink flowers unlike any other sunflower. Flowers are 5" to 6" in diameter on sturdy stems and are pollen-free, making them excellent cut flowers.

Valentine has bright yellow flowers, with dark centers 5" to 6" in diameter. Cut each stem as the flower bud swells, and it will open and last up to 2 weeks as a cut flower. Plant gets about 5 feet tall.

What's New in Veggies:
Peppers and More Peppers!

Now that our soils and nights are warming, peppers are starting to thrive! We offer a tremendous selection of hot peppers as well as sweet peppers.

Picnic Peppers are sweet "snack" peppers that come in 3 colors, red, orange, and yellow. They have a rich, sweet flavor and are beautiful on the plate. They are open-pollinated, yet have out-performed hybrid peppers.

Iko Iko Peppers are bell peppers that go through amazing color changes as they mature. They start out dark purple, lavender, pale yellow or even lime-green. They then mature to a red-orange with purple streaks. Wow!

Cabai Burong are hot peppers from Malaysia. They are small (2" long by 1/2" wide) green peppers that mature red.

Good News For The Organic Garden:
Organocide 3-in-1 Garden Spray!

Organocide 3-in-1 Garden Spray is a safe and effective control for insects, mites, and fungal diseases. It works primarily by smothering rather than by poisoning. Its active ingredients are sesame oil and fish oil.

It is safe to use on fruits and vegetables and does not harm birds, bees, butterflies or us! It can be applied as often as once a week for hard-to-control scale. It's your organic garden's new best friend!

Pamper Yourself!
B. Witching Lotions And Potions

This wonderful collection of skin care products features the finest botanicals and essential oils with minimal preservatives. Crafted batch by batch in the USA, the products are hypoallergenic, a labor of love and are never animal-tested. B. Witching is committed to natural and organic ingredients and the use of recyclable containers and packaging.

Currently we offer B. Witching hand and body lotion, moisturizing liquid cleanser and exfoliating sugar scrub in the following scents:

Sea Glass
Coconut Milk
One-Hundred Roses
Spa Tonic
Honey & Apricot

Come in and sample the testers to find the one that best suits you.

May's Soil Special!

G&B Organics Potting Soil: Buy 3, get 1 FREE! This all-organic potting soil is ideal for fruit, veggie and flower container gardens. Sale ends Wednesday, May 31st!

Coming Events

Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th - from 10 AM to 2 PM both days :
Chrysanthemum Starter Plant Sale

Purchase starts for florist-type mums started from society members' own collections. Society members will be present and happy to answer all your questions.

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

Come see some beautiful Fuchsia blossoms on display and purchase starter plants to benefit the Fuchsia Society. Learn how to grow your own.

Saturday and Sunday, June 17th & 18th

Father's Day Special: 20% OFF All Cacti and Succulents!
They're the perfect plants for busy dads. We offer a great selection, from starter size to landscape size - plus dish gardens.

Thursday through Sunday, June 22nd through 25th:

Summer Sale! 30% to 50% OFF Fruit Trees, Landscape Plants (in 1 gallon cans and larger), Houseplants and Pottery! It's your chance to decorate for summer entertaining!

Monday, July 3rd, Yamagami's is closed for inventory.

Tuesday, July 4th, Yamagami's is closed
to celebrate the 4th with our families. We wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July!

Grilled Japanese Eggplants

Japanese eggplants, nasubi, are often grilled because of their full flavor and beautiful purple color. The flesh and skin are very tender and rarely bitter. Soaking eggplants in water will reduce or remove any bitterness.

Japanese Eggplants
Peanut, canola or vegetable oil.

For grilling, leave Japanese long eggplants whole and brush the eggplant with oil and poke a few holes through the skin. Put on a grill for about 15 minutes. Turn eggplants so they will cook evenly. If the skin gets charred, place the eggplants in cold water and peel off the charred skin.

Dip the cooked eggplants as you are eating them into the Ponsu sauce with grated daikon.

Recipe from Kitazawa Seed Co.


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Potting Soil
G&B Organics Potting Soil is the perfect container mix. It drains well, yet retains just the right amount of moisture around tender roots.

Since 1948, Yamagami's Garden Center 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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1361 S. De Anza Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014

7 Days a Week:
9 am to 6 pm

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

Vegetable fertilizer
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