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Experience 'Haunted Sacramento' on Saturday

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Stroll the Historic City Cemetery and hear about its most famous ghosts this Saturday. Check out the gardens, too.
(Photo courtesy Historic City Cemetery.)

Historic City Cemetery offers a spirited tour with local tales from the crypt

Ready for a spirited outing?

October brings out Sacramento's supernatural side, especially at its oldest cemetery. See for yourself during a special guided tour of "Haunted Sacramento."

Kicking off a busy month, the Historic City Cemetery sets the mood with this free event, always among its most popular tours.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, learn about Sacramento's restless residents and most famous ghosts. While touring the tombstones, hear the stories that sent these early Sacramentans to their graves, but why they refuse to rest in peace.

These local tales from the crypt are a little easier to appreciate during a beautiful fall morning amid the cemetery's world-famous gardens. (For those who prefer an after-dark visit, sorry: The cemetery's annual Lantern Tours are sold out.)

No reservations are required for "Haunted Sacramento." Meet at the cemetery's main gates, 1000 Broadway, Sacramento. Parking is available on surrounding surface streets. Wear sensible shoes; this is a walking tour.


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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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