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Cal Expo hosts Sacramento Home and Garden Show

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Garden gadgets and more will be offered at the Sacramento Home and Garden
show this weekend. (Photo courtesy Sacramento Home and Garden Show)

Seniors get discount admission on Friday; hundreds of vendors at 38th annual event

Get ready for home improvement season during the 38th annual Sacramento Home and Garden Show, which opens Friday at Cal Expo.

Hundreds of vendors and displays will be offered during this three-day show, billed as Sacramento’s original home show. According to show organizers, the vendor list features experts in “patio covers and sunrooms, heating and air conditioning, landscaping, solar, building contractors, electrical and plumbing specialists, real estate, travel, finance, floor covering, garage cabinets, home entertainment, interior design, home furnishings, kitchen and bath cabinets and appliances, lighting, roofing, painting, gutters, home security, windows, doors, siding, tile, stone, marble and granite counters/surfaces.”

And of course, gardening and landscaping will be part of this big show with demonstration gardens and displays. Discover gadgets galore as well as garden art, sheds, furniture, hardscape, ceramics, plants and more. A full list of vendors is available from the show’s website. Click here for the vendor map:

Forming a one-stop home marketplace, most vendors will be inside Cal Expo’s Pavilion Building. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. General admission is $7; children age 12 and younger admitted free. Parking: $10. No pets allowed.

Friday is seniors day; admission is $3 for patrons age 62 and older.

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Take care of garden chores early in the morning, concentrating on watering. We’re still in survival mode until this heat wave breaks.

* Keep your vegetable garden watered, mulched and weeded. Water before 8 a.m. to conserve moisture.

* Prevent sunburn; provide temporary shade for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, squash and other crops with “sensitive” skin.

* Hold off on feeding plants until temperatures cool back down to “normal” range. That means daytime highs in the low to mid 90s.

* Don’t let tomatoes wilt or dry out completely. Give tomatoes a deep watering two to three times a week. Harvest vegetables promptly to encourage plants to produce more.

* Squash especially tends to grow rapidly in hot weather. Keep an eye on zucchini.

* Some weeds thrive in hot weather. Whack them before they go to seed.

* Pinch back chrysanthemums for bushy plants and more flowers in September.

* Harvest tomatoes, squash, peppers and eggplant. Prompt picking will help keep plants producing.

* Remove spent flowers from roses, daylilies and other bloomers as they finish flowering.

* Pinch off blooms from basil so the plant will grow more leaves.

* Cut back lavender after flowering to promote a second bloom.

* One good thing about hot days: Most lawns stop growing when temperatures top 95 degrees. Keep mower blades set on high.

* Once the weather cools down a little, it’s not too late to add a splash of color. Plant petunias, snapdragons, zinnias and marigolds.

* After the heat wave, plant corn, pumpkins, radishes, winter squash and sunflowers. Make sure the seeds stay hydrated.

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