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Auburn Home Show returns for three-day run

Event features hundreds of vendors, exhibits and cute animals

Auburn's the place  --- the Spring Home Show opens Friday and runs through Sunday.

Auburn's the place --- the Spring Home Show opens Friday and runs through Sunday. Photo courtesy Auburn Home Shows & Events

Need some home and garden inspiration? You’ll likely find it this weekend at the Auburn Spring Home Show.

One of the largest shows of its kind in our area, this popular event features scores of vendors and a wide range of seminars. Set for Friday through Sunday, May 19 to 21, the show fills the Gold Country Fairgrounds.

“With hundreds of exhibits from beautiful landscaped vignettes ready to inspire you to exhibitors offering everything for your home and garden needs, to crafty items just ready to take home with you, you are sure to enjoy your show experience,” promise the organizers.

Hungry? This show’s menu is packed, too. “A variety of tasty food items can be found at the International Food Court,” say the organizers. “Temp yourself with mouthwatering garlic fries, fried seafood, addictive tacos, and much more. Smoothies, wine or beer round out your meal.”

Special features include a walk-through display of tiny home and container conversions. See what can be done with not much space or cash.

Got a gardening question or problem? The Placer County master gardeners will be available at their spring gardening-themed booth all three days to help gardeners find answers or solutions.

Kids will be entertained at the Laser Tag building and Critter Corner. See just-hatched baby chicks and adorable (and petable) goats, sheep and more.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8; children age 12 and younger are admitted free. Senior Day is Friday with $3 admission. Parking: $6.

Gold Country Fairgrounds is located at 209 Fairgate Road, Auburn.

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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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