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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 Sept. 25

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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