Bryan Earl

Development Director

Bryan Earl has been with UPR since 1993. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Journalism and completed an internship at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon, before coming to UPR full-time.  When not in his garden, Bryan loves to travel with his family, ride trains, ski at Beaver Mountain, and sing with the American Festival Chorus.

Ways To Connect

Learn about the Mountain Hollyhock in today's Going Native! Then USU Extension Entomologist Brent Black will help you know how and when to pick fruit. Finally, Nancy Williams reads an essay from Kathleen Dean Moore's essay collection, Riverwalking, in Petals and Prose.

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Zesty Garden - August 21

Aug 21, 2014

USU Extension Entomologist Brent Black discusses new bramble varieties, and the results of public taste tests for locally grown varieties.

USU Fruit Web Pages

In Going Native! learn about the Alpine Penstemon (it's good for dry shade) with Janett Warner of Wildland Nursery.  Helen Cannon also takes another opportunity to discuss Emily Dickinson's love affair with flowers.


Zesty Garden - August 14

Aug 14, 2014
Cornell University

Chemicals should be your last resort for controlling insects. There is a lot you can do in your home garden to control pesky predators. USU Extension Entomologist Diane Alston discusses Integrated Pest Management. Then journalist Nancy Williams reads for Petals and Prose.

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Tomatoes, Haworthia, and Little Brown Bats are all on today's Zesty Garden.


Whether you need to know what kind of grass seed is the most drought tolerant, what ferns can you grow in your home, or want to know more about roses, today's Zesty Garden is for you.


Zesty Garden - July 10

Jul 10, 2014

There’s nothing worse than finding a growing, succulent peach taken over by earwigs, or the anticipation of digging a sweet crunchy carrot in the middle of winter, only to find only carrot tops...but no carrots! Diane Alston handles your pest questions. Then, Jerry Goodspeed details the dangers of Vinca in Wait, Wait…Don’t Plant That! Then it's on to the rose in Petals and Prose with Helen Cannon.


Barbara Magnuson/Larry Kimball

Gardening can include so much more than plants. Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts wildlife and pollinators, and helps restore habitat. Ron Hellstern from the Cache Valley Wildlife Association will help direct your plans for improving wildlife habitat around your home.

In an encore presentation from a year ago, we take a captivating look at the sinister side of the natural world on today’s Zesty Garden. Author Amy Stewart uncovers more than one hundred of our worst insect enemies in her book Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects. It’s a mixture of history, science, murder, and intrigue that begins-but doesn’t end-in our own backyards. The Green Room showcases the pothos houseplant as a low-light alternative, and in Petals and Prose it's the language of bees.


What do you get when you cross a delirious poet who hallucinates writing, reading, and publishing a novel with globe willows and biennial vegetables? On today's Zesty Garden we talk with Dan Drost about gardening, Mike Kuhns about trees, and Nancy Williams reads from former U-S Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser.

Audio for the full program is, regrettably, not available this week. But you can listen to the separate modules below.

Ted Kooser Books

1. Delights and Shadows

2. Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps

The plants they are a growin' but so are the insects that eat'em. USU Extension Entomologist Diane Alston is the featured guest on The Zesty Garden. African Violets are also discussed in The Green Room, and Shakespeare seems to have a love affair with plants.


www.creativebioscience.com

USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost is in studio for some garden talk. Among the topics is our continued discussion about growing the best tomatoes. And in Petals and Prose, Helen Cannon reads why Shakespeare really knew his plants.

Dan Drost's Five Planting Aphorisms

1. 3X rule: Don't plant seeds any deeper than 3X their thickness (as they lay on their sides)

Deer, garden pathogens, and termites are on The Zesty Garden. USU Extension Specialists Terry Messmer, Claudio Nischwitz, and journalist Nancy Williams are part of today's program.

TECH DRIVE 2014: Throwback Thursday

May 28, 2014

Utah Public Radio must raise $25,000 to replace two essential pieces of equipment before we wrap up the fiscal year on June 30th: KUSR’s transmitter and an equipment cooling unit. Make a special gift in support of our Technology Fund Drive today! Make a gift right now by clicking here.

In 1998, UPR installed the KUSR transmitter, which now needs to be updated. Much like phones, computers, and boomboxes (sorry, walkmans...er...CD players... mp3 players) needed to be updated, so does our technology. We need a new transmitter to stay up-to-date and on-air. The cost is $19,000. The one we have is on its last leg.

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Florist Kimberly Watt Spears of Petal Pixie will give you the inside scoop on how to take care of cut flowers; USU Senior Lecturer Craig Aston discusses the joys of growing your own flowers for cuttings; Shane Taylor from Cactus and Tropicals helps you keep and grow the phalenopsis or "Moth" orchid; It's a frog invasion with Nancy Williams on Petals and Prose

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Diane Alston helps you understand coddling moth controls for apples and what the oozing sap is that comes from your stones fruits. Shayne Taylor discusses the Aloe Brevifolia as a great houseplant, and Helen Cannon discusses how and why we have tulips.


It's tomatoes and tulips on today's Zesty Garden. USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost will help you grow the best tomatoes, while Helen Cannon discusses when one tulip bulb was worth the price of a ship!


Nourse Farms

Brent Black w/small fruits, Kelly Kopp w/turfgrass issues, and Nancy Williams w/the art of watering, today on The Zesty Garden.


Permaculturenews.org

What do you call backyard precipitation measuring enthusiasts? CoCoRaHS, of course! Today's program explores the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, along with a glimpse into the Moab Youth Garden Project, and the latest Petals and Prose with Helen Cannon.

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Ant conga dances and spruce ips apartment complexes are just a few of the topics with Diane Alston on today's Zesty Garden.

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CHOCOLATE
Box of Gourmet Chocolates from Chocolot Artisan Confections
     April Conner, Paradise
     Jessie Cammack, St. George
     Carolyn Brittain, Providence
     Chad Hamblin, Roosevelt
     Byron Sessions, Hyde Park

TICKETS

Garrison Keillor, 1 pair of tickets, April 3 Performance, Park City
     Jeneile Tams, Paradise

Ira Glass, 1 pair of tickets, April 12 Performance, Salt Lake City
     Cindy Perry, Vernal

USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost helps listeners know how to prepare their soil to speed up the planting process, including using plastic to warm up the soil.

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>>BECOME A MEMBER NOW!<<
 

It's the last day of the spring membership drive, and if you've been waiting to make your contribution, now is the time to step forward and throw in your hat (contribution). Everyone who completes the online form today will be entered to win one of two (1 of 2) iPad 3s.

If you don't have a hat, you can also enter the drawing to receive Finn Brewer's hat, between 9 and 11 a.m.

Where does a love of plants, rugged canyoneering, scenic drives, and hiking combine? It’s with the book, Capitol Reef National Park, The Complete Hiking and Touring Guide. Author and park volunteer Rick Stinchfield helps you explore 38 different hikes. Also, Helen Cannon reads an essay about former CBS journalist Charles Kuralt and his love affair with daffodils.

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Help Us Meet Our Goal - $70,000:  Make a  difference with your sustaining membership or one-time gift, and we’ll tip our hats to you. Complete the online form today to enter yourself into a drawing for a southern Utah vacation.

Getaway Package in Southern Utah
    (1) Pair of tickets to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Tuacahn Amphitheatre, Ivins UT
    (1) $25 gift certificate to Xetava Gardens Café, Ivins UT
    (1) Two-night condominium stay with amenities, Coral Ridge Community, St. George

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