After year off due to pandemic, popular event is back March 26 and 27
Succulents are among the top garden trends of 2022. See more trends this weekend at Dixon Fairgrounds. (Photo: Debbie Arrington)
It’s spring – which means it’s home and garden show season.
That wasn’t true last year or for most of 2020, when several local shows were canceled due to pandemic restrictions.
But with mandates relaxed, shoppers are eager to get out and see the latest in home and garden innovations. And vendors are eager to greet them.
The next show to return is the Solano County Home and Garden Show , set for Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27, at the Dixon Fairgrounds – 20 minutes from downtown Sacramento.
“(This) home and garden show has been a tradition since 2015,” said the event organizers. “Attendees are able come out and meet with home improvement specialists who can share their expertise on the latest products and services to find those finishing touches for unfinished projects and more.
“Come enjoy a unique shopping experience with our local artisans who design and make unique gifts and home decor items,” they added. “Our vendors offer a wide range of products and services on upgrades, repairs for heating and air, solar, kitchen and bathroom, doors and windows, screen, garage flooring, alarms, electrical and more.”
It will be a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere with a Kids Korner, Bingo Scavenger Hunt, lots of food and outdoor displays, say the organizers.
Although mask mandates have been relaxed, vendors and patrons are asked to wear face masks while indoors. Hand washing and social distancing are encouraged.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8; seniors and military, $5. Children age 12 and under admitted free.
Dixon Fairgrounds is located at 655 S. First St., Dixon.
Details: www.SolanoHomeShow.com or call 707-655-8439.
— Debbie Arrington
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For week of March 19:
Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:
* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.
* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.
* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.
* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.
* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.
* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.
* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.
* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.
* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.
* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.
* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.
* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.
* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.
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