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Find California natives at ‘really big’ tiny plant sale

Find out farms’ sale includes some larger plants, too

The snowberry is a California native and will be among the tiny plants sold Saturday at find out farms.

The snowberry is a California native and will be among the tiny plants sold Saturday at find out farms.

Kathy Morrison

Find out farms, an urban farm in South Oak Park, will hold a 'really big' sale of really small California native plants this Saturday, Nov. 12.

The farm's founder,  Matthew J. Ampersand, typically sells plants every Saturday morning, but this "flash sale," he notes on Facebook, specifically features small starts that he'd rather sell than transplant to larger containers.

The tiny plants on sale will range from common yarrow and blue-eyed grass to California sagebrush and snowberry. 

How tiny is tiny? The pots are 2-1/4 inches square by 3 inches deep, with "very affordable" prices.

"They're ready to be planted or potted up at the time of purchase," Ampersand posted on the Facebook page for the Sacramento Native Plants and Wildlife Gardening Group. "Our goal is to make these plants available to a wide variety of gardeners and to offer some less common species at a price that makes it feel safe to take a little risk."

Rain or shine, the sale will run from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the farm, 4712 Parker Ave., (Parker at Howard avenues), Sacramento

The sale will include some gallon-sized pots, too. There also will be a free seed swap box just for California native plants. And Hedgerow's Central Valley Pollinator Seed Mix also will be available for purchase.

For more on find out farms, including its community fruit gleaning project, visit its Facebook page or go to


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For week of Dec. 10:

Take advantage of these dry but crisp conditions. It’s time to get out the rake!

* Rake leaves away from storm drains and keep gutters clear.

* Fallen leaves can be used for mulch and compost. Chop up large leaves with a couple of passes with a lawn mower.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while they’re dormant. Without their foliage, trees are easier to prune.

* Rake and remove dead leaves and stems from dormant perennials.

* Make sure to take frost precautions with new transplants and sensitive plants. Mulch, water and cover tender plants in the late afternoon to retain warmth.

* Succulent plants are at particular risk if temperatures drop below freezing. Don’t water succulents before frost; cover instead. Use cloth sheets, not plastic. Make sure to remove coverings during the day.

* Clean and sharpen garden tools before storing for the winter.

* Brighten the holidays with winter bloomers such as poinsettias, amaryllis, calendulas, Iceland poppies, pansies and primroses.

* Keep poinsettias in a sunny, warm location. Water thoroughly. After the holidays, feed your plants monthly so they'll bloom again next December.

* Just because it rained doesn't mean every plant got watered. Give a drink to plants that the rain didn't reach, such as under eaves or under evergreen trees. Also, well-watered plants hold up better to frost than thirsty plants.

* Plant garlic (December's the last chance -- the ground is getting cold!) and onions for harvest in summer.

* Bare-root season begins. Plant bare-root berries, kiwifruit, grapes, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb. Beware of soggy soil. It can rot bare-root plants.

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