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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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This week's warm break will revive summer crops such as peppers and tomatoes that may still be trying to produce fruit. Pumpkins and winter squash will add weight rapidly.

Be on the lookout for powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that may be enjoying this combination of warm air and moist soil.

* Late September is ideal for sowing a new lawn or re-seeding bare spots.

* Compost annuals and vegetable crops that have finished producing.

* Cultivate and add compost to the soil to replenish its nutrients for fall and winter vegetables and flowers.

* Plant for fall now. The warm soil will get cool-season veggies and flowers off to a fast start.

* Plant onions, lettuce, peas, radishes, turnips, beets, carrots, bok choy, spinach and potatoes directly into the vegetable beds.

* Transplant lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower.

* Sow seeds of California poppies, clarkia and African daisies.

* Transplant cool-weather annuals such as pansies, violas, fairy primroses, calendulas, stocks and snapdragons.

* Divide and replant bulbs, rhizomes and perennials.

* Dig up and divide daylilies as they complete their bloom cycle.

* Divide and transplant peonies that have become overcrowded. Replant with "eyes" about an inch below the soil surface.

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