Laurie Meyerpeter

Plant now for fall and winter greens

Even before the bushels of tomatoes, zucchini and peppers start to wane, it’s time for fall planting. It’s a natural progression for Master Gardener Laurie Meyerpeter ...

Make sure your garden is nontoxic for the safety of your pets

We all love our pets. At Lakes Nursery, the nursery dogs, Pancho and Teddy, sound the alarm to alert us when cars drive up if we’re in the back of the nursery. They enthusi ...

Ask the master gardener: Variety of factors can bring early fall color

Question: Why did one of my trees turn color early this year? Answer: Trees turn color for a variety of reasons. As the days shorten, they go through a number of stages leading t ...

Ask the master gardener: Keep mistletoe under control in landscape

By Laurie Meyerpeter Placer County Master Gardener Question: Yikes! I have mistletoe in my tree. What do I do to remove this parasite? Answer: Did you know that mistletoe i ...

Trees changing color early? Stress is likely reason

Question: I have a number of Chinese Pistache trees lining my driveway and this fall, one tree turned color much, much earlier than the others. Why? Answer: A number of factors ca ...

Demonstration garden is educational resource for community

Question: I dropped my neighbor off at the Senior Garden in DeWitt Center and I noticed some new garden areas. Someone said that it was part of the new Master Garden Demo Garden. W ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Choosing the best vegetable varieties for food preservation

Question: I want to do more food preservation this year. I was a newbie food preserver this past summer and I found that my garden didn’t seem to be as productive as I needed for ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Chickens in the garden need coop, fence

Question: I just got chickens and I want to let them free-range in my yard. Is this practical or will they eat my garden plants? Answer: Chickens and gardens are not always a prac ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Home-grown cabbages taste delicious and are easy to cultivate

Question: I want to grow cabbages in my fall garden. Any suggestions? Answer: Cabbages are a lot like tomatoes because there is really no comparison between the sweet crispy butte ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Use certified seed potatoes if you want to grow your own

Question: What are seed potatoes? Can I grow potatoes from the sprouting potatoes in my cupboard drawers? How do I grow potatoes? Answer: Potatoes are typically not grown from see ...

Ask the Master Gardener: It’s alive! Raise the spirit of Halloween with plants

Question: I’m a Halloween freak. It’s my favorite holiday. Do you have any weird plant suggestions that would help create a surreal atmosphere? Answer: A personal favorite is ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Large pots are best choice to contain running bamboo

Question: I have a black bamboo that is too large for the pot. How and when should I divide it? Answer: Black bamboo is a running bamboo so it is wise to grow it in a container o ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Bare-root plants are best choice for winter growing

Question: I am interested in growing food in my garden. Can I plant anything in the winter? Answer: There are many food plants that you can plant now but there are a few precautio ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Crape myrtle blossom colors can depend on sun exposure

Question: I bought a red crape myrtle two years ago and this year when it bloomed the blossoms aren’t red, they’re deep pink. I wanted the red variety that I see planted in my ...

Ask the Master Gardeners: Placement and proper watering important to keep Japanese maples healthy through heat of summer

Question: I just bought a Japanese maple from a nursery. The nursery said it is a sun-tolerant variety but when I planted it in my yard last July, in an area that gets full sun, it ...