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Solano County Home and Garden Show returns to Dixon Fairgrounds

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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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Nov. 27

Before the rain comes later in the week, take advantage of sunny, calm days:

* This may be your last chance this season for the first application of copper fungicide spray to peach and nectarine trees. Leaf curl, which shows up in the spring, is caused by a fungus that winters as spores on the limbs and around the tree in fallen leaves. Sprays are most effective now, but they need a few days of dry weather after application to really “stick.” If you haven’t yet, spray now.

* Rake and compost leaves, but dispose of any diseased plant material. For example, if peach and nectarine trees showed signs of leaf curl this year, clean up under trees and dispose of those leaves instead of composting.

* Make sure storm drains are clear of any debris.

* Give your azaleas, gardenias and camellias a boost with chelated iron.

* Trim chrysanthemums to 6 to 8 inches above the ground after they’re done blooming. Keep potted mums in their containers until next spring. Then, they can be planted in the ground, if desired, or repotted.

* Prune non-flowering trees and shrubs while dormant.

* Plant bulbs for spring bloom. Don’t forget the tulips chilling in the refrigerator. Other suggestions: daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, anemones and scillas.

* Seed wildflowers including California poppies.

* Also from seed, plant sweet pea, sweet alyssum, bachelor buttons and other spring flowers.

* Plant most trees and shrubs. This gives them plenty of time for root development before spring growth. They also benefit from winter rains.

* Set out cool-weather annuals such as pansies and snapdragons.

* Lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and cool-season greens can be planted now.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* If you decide to use a living Christmas tree this year, keep it outside in a sunny location until Christmas week. This reduces stress on the young tree.

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