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See 1,000 exhibits at Auburn Spring Home Show

Huge home and garden event returns May 13-15; Placer County Master Gardeners on hand, too

See how a shipping container can become an extra room. (Photo courtesy Auburn Home Shows)

More signs that we’re returning to normal: A big home show!

The Auburn Spring Home Show returns to Gold Country Fairgrounds on Friday through Sunday, May 13-15, with hundreds of vendors and lots of inspiration.

Voted the best event in Auburn seven times, the Auburn Home Show has been coping with the pandemic, just like everybody else. COVID precautions will be observed, say organizers, although at this time no masks or proof of vaccination will be required.

Organizers say the show will feature more than 1,000 displays, from beautiful landscaped vignettes to the latest home and garden products. In addition, the International Food Court will offer a global-spanning menu from Asian favorites and crepes to barbecued tri-tip and garlic fries.

Get excellent gardening advice, too. The UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Placer County will be on hand to answer questions all three days.

Cooking demonstrations and other free seminars will be offered throughout the three-day run. Find everything you need for the pets in your life at Critter Corner (plus a petting zoo). See how a shipping container can be turned into a fun extra guest room or office. Enter to win a custom backyard fire pit with seating wall from Gloria Landscaping.

General admission is $8; children age 12 and younger admitted free. Active and retired police, military, fire personnel and first responders admitted free with ID. Friday is Senior Day with $3 admission for all seniors. No animals other than service animals are allowed.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Gold Country Fairgrounds is located at 209 Fairgate Road, Auburn.

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Jan. 29

Bundle up and get work done!

* Prune, prune, prune. Now is the time to cut back most deciduous trees and shrubs. The exceptions are spring-flowering shrubs such as lilacs.

* Now is the time to prune fruit trees, except apricot and cherry trees. Clean up leaves and debris around the trees to prevent the spread of disease.

* Prune roses, even if they’re still trying to bloom or sprouting new growth. Strip off any remaining leaves, so the bush will be able to put out new growth in early spring.

* Prune Christmas camellias (Camellia sasanqua), the early-flowering varieties, after their bloom. They don’t need much, but selective pruning can promote bushiness, upright growth and more bloom next winter. Feed with an acid-type fertilizer. But don’t feed your Japonica camellias until after they finish blooming next month. Feeding while camellias are in bloom may cause them to drop unopened buds.

* Clean up leaves and debris around your newly pruned roses and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch or bark to keep roots cozy.

* Apply horticultural oil to fruit trees to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective.

* This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl. Avoid spraying on windy days.

* Divide daylilies, Shasta daisies and other perennials.

* Cut back and divide chrysanthemums.

* Plant bare-root roses, trees and shrubs.

* Transplant pansies, violas, calendulas, English daisies, snapdragons and fairy primroses.

* In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.

* Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.

* In the bulb department, plant callas, anemones, ranunculus and gladiolus for bloom from late spring into summer.

* Plant blooming azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. If you’re shopping for these beautiful landscape plants, you can now find them in full flower at local nurseries.

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