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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 April 14

It's still not warm enough to transplant tomatoes directly in the ground, but we’re getting there.

* April is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

* Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

* Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

* Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

* Spring brings a flush of rapid growth, and that means your garden needs nutrients. Fertilize shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

* Azaleas and camellias looking a little yellow? If leaves are turning yellow between the veins, give them a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

* Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

* Mulch around plants to conserve moisture and control weeds.

* From seed, plant beans, beets, cantaloupes, carrots, corn, cucumbers, melons, radishes and squash.

* Plant onion sets.

* In the flower garden, plant seeds for asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

* Transplant petunias, zinnias, geraniums and other summer bloomers.

* Plant perennials and dahlia tubers for summer bloom.

* Mid to late April is about the last chance to plant summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

* Transplant lettuce seedlings. Choose varieties that mature quickly such as loose leaf.

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