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Auburn Fall Home Show filled with ideas

The Auburn Home Show includes Landscapers Meadow, which offers many inspiring ideas for gardeners and landscapers. (Photo courtesy Auburn Home Shows)

Senior discount on Friday; get advice from master gardeners

With more than 1,000 exhibits, this large show features hundreds of vendors. A special highlight is the Placer Harvest Fest with 15 vendors offering Placer-grown farm-fresh products such as homemade pies, baked goods, pesto, olive oil, jams and jellies, citrus, apples, pears and more.

Earlene Eisley of Eisley’s Nursery will lead canning demonstrations, including how to make homemade applesauce and barbecue sauce. In addition, more than a dozen other cooking demonstrations are planned.

Placer County master gardeners will be on hand to offer advice. Pick up a copy of their new 2020 Garden Guide and Calendar.

Landscapers Meadow showcases outdoor designs and plants in a parklike setting. See the Tiny House Village and enter to win your own tiny house, valued at $50,000.

Fall Home Show hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 ; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 ; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Admission is $8; children age 12 and younger admitted free. Seniors age 60 and older get $3 admission on Friday only. First responders, active and retired military are admitted free with ID. Parking: $6.

Gold Country Fairgrounds is located at 1273 High St. , Auburn.

- Debbie Arrington


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Garden Checklist for week of July 7

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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