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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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For week of March 3:

* Celebrate the city flower! Catch the 100th Sacramento Camellia Show 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Scottish Rite Center, 6151 H St., Sacramento. Admission is free.

* Between showers, pick up fallen camellia blooms; that helps cut down on the spread of blossom blight that prematurely browns petals.

* Feed camellias after they bloom with fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

* Camellias need little pruning. Remove dead wood and shape, if necessary.

* Tread lightly or not at all on wet ground; it compacts soil.

* Avoid digging in wet soil, too; wait until it clumps in your hand but doesn’t feel squishy.

* Note spots in your garden that stay wet after storms; improve drainage with the addition of organic matter such as compost.

* Keep an eye out for leaning trunks or ground disturbances around a tree’s base, a sign of shifting roots in the wet soil.

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* If aphids are attracted to new growth, knock them off with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap. To make your own “bug soap,” use two tablespoons liquid soap – not detergent – to one quart water in a spray bottle. Shake it up before use. Among the liquid soaps that seem most effective are Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soaps; try the peppermint scent.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Make plans for your summer garden. Once the soil is ready, start adding amendments such as compost.

* Indoors, start seeds for summer favorites such as tomatoes, peppers and squash as well as summer flowers.

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