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The Pre-Autumn Issue Yamagami's Garden Center August 29, 2019
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
Featured Quote

Featured Quote:

"When summer opens, I see how fast it matures, and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool of autumn."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our Picks This Month

The lazy days of summer are officially winding down, and here at Yamagami's, we're falling forward into the last half of the year! Join us as we squeeze all we can out of summer's bounty, prep our yards for outstanding autumn color, and sow seeds for our cool-weather gardens.

Botanical Immigrants: Australia & New Zealand:

Take a trip Down Under without leaving your yard! Australian and New Zealander plants are low maintenance, require little water, tolerate heat well, and provide ideal habitats for local pollinators and wildlife. These Kiwi transplants adapt beautifully to our Mediterranean climate, proof you don't need to be "native" to California to thrive here!

Kangaroo Paws
These adorable, highly-adaptable plants are happy growing in the ground or in containers. Plant them anywhere you want some fuzzy, fuss-free color!

You've probably already met Euphorbia before - Poinsettias are a well-known member of this family. After some initial pampering, Euphorbia becomes very self-sufficient. With its architectural form and fascinating foliage, you won't be disappointed!

Evergreen, deer-resistant, and no-nonsense, Grevillea is an excellent choice for privacy screens, specimen plants, and groundcovers (depending on the species). These plants look like something Dr. Seuss dreamed up, and will add a touch of whimsical charm to your yard.

One To Grow!

"One for the rock, one for the crow,
One to die, and one to grow."
~ English saying

This year, try something different and start your fall garden from seed!

Stop by our Seed Room to browse our wide selection of seeds (including heirlooms and hard-to-find varieties), as well as pick up your starter pots, planting mix, and fertilizer. Never started your own seeds before? No problem! Our Nursery Pros are always on hand with tips, tricks, and moral support. We'll be happy to walk you through it

Product We Love: GreenGro Nature's Pride Veg 6-3-3.5

Detox your garden of chemical fertilizers and supercharge your soil with all-natural ingredients!

Nature's Pride Veg Food utilizes components long employed in turn-of-the-century farming and Native American agriculture. Nature's Pride is packed with dry amendments like seabird guanos, oyster shells, volcanic ash, glacial rock dust, and more. Wood biochar is added to improve soil fertility, and provides a hospitable environment for the beneficial bacteria and mycorrhizae also present in the blend.

Using Nature's Pride in your yard couldn't be easier. At the start of the season, till in 1 cup per cubic foot of soil BEFORE planting. Throughout the growing season, apply up to 1 cup of Nature's Pride per 4x4-foot area, up to once a week. Water thoroughly following application. Want to give your container plants a treat? Once a week, apply 1 tablespoon of Nature's Pride per gallon of container soil.

The Nature's Pride formula provides all the nutrients a growing garden needs. Stop by our Garden Pharmacy to grab a bag and get growing!

Rock Around Your (Yamagami's) Christmas Tree!

Starting this month, pre-order your best Christmas tree ever from Yamagami's Garden Center!

Pre-order by mid November, and we'll give you 10% off your tree. Noble and Douglas firs will both be available, so you can deck your halls in style!

Coming Events

11 AM, Saturday, October 19 |
Not Your Average Mum Talk

Join us for a talk from the Bay Area Chrysanthemum Society about basic cultivation, types of mums and tips on how to preserve the heirloom varieties your grandmother grew and loved. Bring your questions!

Garden Center Scrapbook

We've got a great selection of plants: Alstroemeria, Agapanthus, Begonias, Orchids, Carnivorous plants, Kalanchoe, Ornamental Grasses and more!

Featured Recipe
Roasted Curry Tomato Pie

Another great opportunity to put those homegrown tomatoes to use! With colors like a late-summer sunset and flavors that make your taste buds stand and salute, this stunning, free-form pie is the perfect way to celebrate the close of the season. While the recipe looks intensive, the individual steps are actually quite simple. The result is a unique treat well worth the effort!

Serves 8.


Pastry Crust
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
1 teaspoon kosher salt (1/2 teaspoon if using Morton's kosher salt)
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

Tamarind Onions
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 large red onion, thinly sliced into half-moons
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate

2 pounds ripe, medium-size and cherry tomatoes
1/2 tablespoon Madras curry powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
8 ounces low-moisture mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 serrano chile, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten


For Pastry Crust
1. Pulse flour, salt, turmeric, and black pepper in a food processor until combined.
2. Add butter, and pulse until mixture is crumbly and butter is cut into small bits, about 10 times.
3. Slowly add 4 tablespoons ice water while pulsing
4. Add up to 1 more tablespoon ice water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until dough comes together and forms a ball.
5. Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.

For Tamarind Onions
1. Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high until shimmering.
2. Stir in onion, salt, black pepper, and red pepper.
3. Cook, stirring often, until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes.
4. Stir in tamarind concentrate until combined.
5. Remove from heat, and set aside.

For Filling
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with 2 layers of paper towels.
3. Cut medium-size tomatoes into 1/2-inch-thick slices; cut cherry tomatoes in half.
4. Place tomatoes on paper towels; sprinkle one side with curry powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt
5. Flip and sprinkle the other side with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.
6. Let stand 10 minutes.

Put It Together
1. Stir together cheeses, onion, mayonnaise, serrano, and red pepper in a large bowl.
2. On a floured surface, roll pastry dough into a 12-inch circle or oval, trimming edges, if needed.
3. Transfer dough to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
4. Spread cheese mixture over dough, leaving a 2 1/2-inch border around edge (you may not need all of mixture.)
5. Layer sliced tomatoes, curry side down, on cheese mixture; fill in with cherry tomatoes.
6. Top with tamarind onions.
7. Fold exposed border of dough circle toward center, pleating as necessary.
8. Drizzle tomatoes and onions with olive oil; brush exposed crust with egg.
9. Bake 20-25 minutes, until filling is bubbling and crust is golden brown.
10. Let cool 10 minutes.

Serving Suggestions:
Serve alongside a simple Mesclun salad.
Perfect Pairing: Cassis-scented Provençal rosé.

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Especially formulated for all varieties of roses, flowers and blooming shrubs

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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Cupertino, CA 95014

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Harvest Supreme
Improves a variety of soils for vegetable gardens or flower beds.

Rose & Flower fert
Use for roses and flowers for the best blooms possible.

Eden Vally
G&B Organics Eden Valley Blend Potting Soil with BiocharMax™. BiocharMax™ is a soft-wood biochar that provides soil, plant and environmental benefits.

Soil Building Compost
Great for breaking up hard clay soils to improve drainage.

Potting Soil
The perfect container mix. It drains well, yet retains just the right amount of moisture around tender roots.

Native Planting Mix
Ideal for CA natives and other water-wise plants.

Acid Planting Mix
Made especially for acid-loving, shade-dwelling plants.

Finally, the perfect soil for raised beds!

GBO Fruit Tree Fertilizer
Grow better tasting, more nutritious fruit, with more abundant crops.

Planting Mix
Great for in-ground projects including planting, amending, mulching or seed cover.

Vegetable fertilizer
Helps produce more abundant, better tasting and more nutritious vegetables.

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