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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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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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