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.

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Zesty Garden- July 18

Jul 19, 2013

What would you say to a meal of chocolate covered grasshoppers? How about cabbage, peas n crickets or caramel popcorn cicadas? While it may or may not sound appetizing, the United Nations  food and agriculture organization is trying to make a case for why insects should be on your dinner plate.

USU Extension Entomologist, Diane Alston, is in studio and will give her take on the both the nutritional and taste profile of her favorite insects.


Zesty Garden- July 11

Jul 11, 2013

For the Zesty Garden today it’s USU’s Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost, a hike at Tony Grove to see the elephant head flower, garden correspondence between Kathryn White and Elizabeth Lawrence, and a warning from USU Extension Horticulture Agent Jerry Goodspeed to avoid planting Jupiter’s Beard.

Tony Grove Flower Checklist


Zesty Garden- June 27

Jun 28, 2013

What’s chomping away on your garden produce? Diane Alston, USU Extension Entomologist will be in studio to take your gardening questions, and to discuss pollinators.

In our Petals and Prose segment, Helen Cannon reminds us of the old Flower-o-Rama Carpet. Mike Kuhns tells us in Wait, Wait…Don’t Plant That! why aspen is not such a great tree for your yard.  

Zesty Garden- June 20

Jun 21, 2013

  Today is a discussion with Gretchen Anderson about her book "The Backyard Chicken Fight: How Keeping Chickens in Your Yard is Ruffling Feathers Across the Nation."

We’ll help you select your chickens, build a coop, and also the best way to address current chicken laws in your community. 


Zesty Garden- June 13

Jun 13, 2013

  USU's Extension Vegetable Specialist, Dan Drost, is in studio to answer your vegetable growing questions. And in the latest installment of Take a Hike, David Wallace will tell you where to find Utah's State Flower, the Sego Lily. It's one of our prettiest wild flowers but can easily be missed if you don't know what to look for.


Zesty Garden- June 6

Jun 6, 2013

  Wildflowers of the Mountain West is a new field guide to aid in the identification of flora seen throughout the intermountain area. On the Zesty Garden today we’ll have a discussion with the guides authors. 


Zesty Garden- May 30

May 30, 2013

  “Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? Amy Stewart is author of  The Drunken Botanist. Today on The Zesty Garden, she talks about the plants that create the world’s great drinks.


Zesty Garden- May 23

May 24, 2013

 The aphid hoards are descending on your garden. How can you keep them at bay? USU Extension Entomologist, Diane Alston, will help you nurture the aphid nemesis, the lady beetle. Also today is a recipe for Ginger Carrot Soup along with a reading by journalist and bee keeper Nancy Williams on how carrots helped win the Trojan War.

Zesty Garden- April 25

May 22, 2013

  As we warm up this spring and get our gardens ready we need to start thinking about weeds. Today on the program we have USU extension weed specialist Ralph Whitesides with the Plants, Soils and Climate Department. We discus things you can do now that if you ignore, you will regret later.

Zesty Garden- April 18

May 22, 2013

  There is still time to prepare your trees for this years pests. We speak with USU extension entomologist Diane Alston about what you can do to ready your plants with sprays and other solutions now that the season is warming up.


Zesty Garden- May 16

May 20, 2013

One of the best ways to ensure that your cool season lawn gets through the hot summer is using the best watering practices and having a healthy lawn.  This includes watering deeply and less often, and mowing high. But there are also other types of cool season grasses that can also help your lawn be more drought tolerant. These include tall and fine fescues. Today on The Zesty Garden, we’ll look at the latest in these and other “best practices” with USU Water Conservation and Turfgrass Specialist, Kelly Kopp. But first on the program, we’ll talk with a dutch bulb expert whose family has been selling bulbs for almost 400 years. 


Zesty Garden- May 2

May 13, 2013

Today we visit with USU Extension Turfgrass Specialist, Kelly Kopp, about buffalo grass and it’s suitability for planting in our climate. We’ll also talk with author Joel Karsten about his new book “Straw Bale Gardens-The Breakthrough Method for Growing Vegetables Anywhere, Earlier, and With No Weeding.”  Journalist and USU Emerita Professor, Nancy Williams, joins us for another edition of Petals and Prose.


Zesty Garden- April 11

May 13, 2013

In studio with me today is Dan Drost, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist. Dan says the garden has been pretty frosty this week, and we'll be discussing the growth of your plants and seeds.

If you have garden questions, send the Zesty Garden an email, or tweet us @ZestyGarden.


Zesty Garden- April 4

May 13, 2013

In studio with me today is Mark Andersen from Andersen Seed and Garden. Among other things, we'll be talking about tomatoes, keeping critters out of your garden from munching on those delicious tulips, and lawns, roses, and onions.

If you have garden questions, send the Zesty Garden an email, or tweet us @ZestyGarden.


Zesty Garden-March 28

Apr 25, 2013

One of the most important tasks for managing woody plants, including fruiting and ornamental trees and shrubs, will take place soon. This Thursday on the zesty garden, USU extension entomologist Diane Alston will talk about the practice of using dormant sprays to reduce or prevent the insect outbreaks that can devastate flower and fruit production in your garden. We’ll also look at those insects that carry diseases to your vegetables, and how you can control them.


Zesty Garden- March 21

Apr 25, 2013

  How do you plant a garden when there’s snow on the ground one day and it’s raining the next? It’s important to know not only the makeup of your soil, but also how warm it must be before you can plant. On this week’s show, Dr. Teryl Roper from USU’s plant, soils and climate department will help you discover the secrets to timing your garden plantings. 


Zesty Garden- March 14

Apr 25, 2013

This Thursday on The Zesty Garden we’ll explore early spring planting issues. While temperatures have risen and are melting the snow, how do you know when it’s time to plant? How can you speed up the warming of the soil so you can get that first crop of peas even earlier? Dan Drost, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist is Bryan Earl’s guest for the hour. Join them Thursday at 10:00 for The Zesty Garden.


Zesty Garden- March 7

Apr 25, 2013

I discuss the new show name and different segments in the program, such as "What not to plant" in Utah, literature spots, and more.

Primarily on the program, I'm talking about pruning with Mike Kuhns, USU Extension Forestry specialist.


  On the Zesty Garden today, we discuss a new name for the gardening program, and talk with Jerry Goodspeed, USU Weber COunty extention agent. I talk to Jerry about the process of gardening, and planting indoors before the weather warms up.


  Welcome to the first edition of the Thursday gardening program. With me in studio is Diane Alston, USU Extension Entemologist. Right now, gardening is just getting underway, despite the fact there is a little over a foot of snow on the ground.


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Mark Anderson joins Bryan Earl in studio today to discuss hydrating a garden for the winter months especially after a dry season, as well as how to properly shut down a garden. 

You can ask Bryan Earl any gardening question on Twitter, by visiting his page or using #AUGarden. 

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