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Auburn Fall Home Show is on

With safety requirements, huge event features hundreds of vendors

Small outdoor living area
Exhibits at the Auburn Fall Home Show include this instant extra room in a
container unit. (Photo courtesy Auburn Home Shows)

“It’s a Go!” That’s the message on the Auburn Home Show home page, adding, “meeting safety requirements and guidelines.”

So, bring a face mask and remember to social distance, but otherwise enjoy products and ideas from hundreds of vendors at the annual Auburn Fall Home Show, underway today through Sunday, Sept. 24-26, at the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

“Safety requirements are in place that meet safety guidelines," say the show's organizers on the website. "We are fortunate to have a facility that can more easily accommodate the guidelines with plenty of outdoor displays and multiple buildings that allow for ample socially distancing. With the experience of producing two events under COVID restrictions, management is experienced and prepared to welcome guests to the Home Show.”

It may be only the first week of fall, but this home show will focus on the holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Special exhibits and demonstrations will be keyed to each holiday including a “Spooktacular” walk-through Halloween display, Thanksgiving-themed cooking demonstrations on Saturday and Christmas cooking ideas on Sunday.


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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Feb. 5

Make the most of sunny days and get winter tasks done:

* This is the last chance to spray fruit trees before they bloom. Treat peach and nectarine trees with copper-based fungicide. Spray apricot trees at bud swell to prevent brown rot. Apply horticultural oil to control scale, mites and aphids on fruit trees soon after a rain. But remember: Oils need at least 24 hours to dry to be effective. Don’t spray during foggy weather or when rain is forecast.

* Feed spring-blooming shrubs and fall-planted perennials with slow-release fertilizer. Feed mature trees and shrubs after spring growth starts.

* Finish pruning roses and deciduous trees.

* Remove aphids from blooming bulbs with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.

* Fertilize strawberries and asparagus.

* Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells.

* In the vegetable garden, plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, and strawberry and rhubarb roots.

* Transplant cabbage and its close cousins – broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts – as well as lettuce (both loose leaf and head).

* Plant artichokes, asparagus and horseradish from root divisions.

* Plant potatoes from tubers and onions from sets (small bulbs). The onions will sprout quickly and can be used as green onions in March.

* From seed, plant beets, chard, lettuce, mustard, peas, radishes and turnips.

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