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Landscaping, gardening, patio ideas and more will be on display at the show this weekend. (Photo courtesy Original Sacramento Home & Garden Show)

Original Sacramento Home and Garden Show returns to Cal Expo


Looking for garden inspiration? Got home projects to tackle? Want to comparison job among several vendors?

This week, the 39th annual Original Sacramento Home and Garden Show rolls out the latest trends and products in one giant marketplace at Cal Expo.

Friday through Sunday, March 6 through 8, find hundreds of vendors and exhibits showcasing everything from air conditioning to window replacements. A big emphasis will be on “green” products that are kind to the planet – and can save money, energy and water, too.

“You’ll see the newest in landscaping, gardening, patios, fencing, decks, heating and air, solar, insulation, remodeling, new construction, plumbing, kitchens, baths, closets, home furnishings, appliances, lighting, roofing, painting, gutters, home security, windows, doors, siding, tile, stone, granite, BBQs, pools, spas and more,” say the show organizers.

A list of vendors and locations will be available on the show’s website.

Also online find discount tickets ($5.25), available through Thursday.

At the gate, general admission is $7. Friday is Senior Fun Day with admission $3 for those age 62 and older. All three days, children age 12 and younger are admitted free with an adult. Parking is $10. Only certified assistance animals allowed.

Show hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Details:
www.sachomeandgardenshow.com .

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Garden Checklist for week of May 19

Temperatures will be a bit higher than normal in the afternoons this week. Take care of chores early in the day – then enjoy the afternoon. It’s time to smell the roses.

* Plant, plant, plant! It’s prime planting season in the Sacramento area. If you haven’t already, it’s time to set out those tomato transplants along with peppers and eggplants. Pinch off any flowers on new transplants to make them concentrate on establishing roots instead of setting premature fruit.

* Direct-seed melons, cucumbers, summer squash, corn, radishes, pumpkins and annual herbs such as basil.

* Harvest cabbage, lettuce, peas and green onions.

* In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters.

* Plant dahlia tubers. Other perennials to set out include verbena, coreopsis, coneflower and astilbe.

* Transplant petunias, marigolds and perennial flowers such as astilbe, columbine, coneflowers, coreopsis, dahlias, rudbeckia and verbena.

* Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, earwigs and aphids that want to dine on tender new growth.

* Feed summer bloomers with a balanced fertilizer.

* For continued bloom, cut off spent flowers on roses as well as other flowering plants.

* Don’t forget to water. Seedlings need moisture. Deep watering will help build strong roots and healthy plants.

* Add mulch to the garden to help keep that precious water from evaporating. Mulch also cuts down on weeds. But don’t let it mound around the stems or trunks of trees or shrubs. Leave about a 6-inch to 1-foot circle to avoid crown rot or other problems.

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