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 ...