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 - 10/31

Nov 9, 2013

USU Facilities Certified Arborist, Preston Colver, helps you finish up outside gardening tasks. Also, he'll help you know when your trees are approaching their life limit. On Petals and Prose, Nancy Williams chats about spiders.


Zesty Garden 10/24

Nov 9, 2013
USU Extension

How do you keep the creepy crawlers out of your home? Diane Alston, USU Extension Entomologist will help you on today's Zesty Garden. In Petals and Prose, Helen Cannon refers to the Canadian Settler's Guide.


Zesty Garden- October 17

Oct 17, 2013

The gardening season is drawing to a close and Mark Anderson of Anderson Seed and Garden will help you finish the season on a high note. We talk about bulbs, weeds, and lawn care on today’s show, along with Petals and Prose from Helen Cannon.


Lilacs are not native to the west, but they were brought here by the early pioneers and have adapted well to our climate. Lilacs often point the way to original homesteads as they continue to hang on with the little moisture they receive. Give them a little extra water above what mother nature provides in Utah, and they thrive.

Zesty Garden- Sept. 12

Sep 12, 2013

Today on The Zesty Garden, Dan Drost joins us for a discussion on how to extend your growing season and how to get those tomatoes to ripen before frost hits. And in Petals and Prose, journalist Nancy Williams joins us with some reminiscences of her friend and gardener extraordinaire, Will Pitkin, as well as a reading of his uniquely written obituary.


This week on The Zesty Garden, Tom Williams fills in for Bryan Earl in a discussion with Mark Anderson from Anderson Seed and Garden about re-seeding your lawn, planting fall bulbs, and how to divide perennials. You’ll also hear the latest Petals and Prose segment from Helen Cannon.


Zesty Garden- August 29

Aug 28, 2013

On this Thursday’s show I have a conversation with USU Extension Soils Specialist, Grant Cardon. He says that one of the most important things we can do to improve our soils is to plant a cover crop, also known as green manure. It’s so easy to do and now is the time to plant. We’ll tell you what, when, where, how and why cover crops are so beneficial.


The western striped and the western spotted cucumber beetle have been a nuisance in Utah gardens lately. Their damage can be extensive. On Thursday’s The Zesty Garden, U-S-U Extension Entomologist Diane Alston will help you get these and other insect critters under control. We’ll also hear about the naming of plants on Petals and Prose, and you’ll learn why not to plant Sea Oats on Wait, Wait…Don’t Plant That!


Zesty Garden- August 15

Aug 15, 2013

Harvesting rainwater on your own property is easy to do. Utah Water Watch Coordinator, Brian Green, and Licensed Landscape Architect Kevin Jensen of Three Men and a Shovel, are in studio with practical ideas on how to do it. He talks regulations, how to store rainwater, and how to (and when to) register to collect rainwater in your own yard.

Before 2010 you were breaking the law to collect rainwater- even the water coming off your own roof or from your property. Why? Water rights.

Zesty Garden- August 8

Aug 8, 2013

Allium sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek and chive. Today on The Zesty Garden, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist, Dan Drost will tell you everything you need to know about planting and using garlic.

Zesty Garden- August 1

Aug 5, 2013

On the Zesty Garden this week, USU Extension Forestry Specialist Mike Kuhns will help you fireproof your yard. The right plants in the right place will make the difference should you house be in the path of a wildfire.  Yellow flax is the subject of the next Take a Hike segment. Jerry Goodspeed will tell you to use a bucket if you want to plant comfrey, and finally, from Helen Cannon in Petals and Prose, you’ll hear a tribute to the late Will Pitkin, formerly of Hyde Park.

Zesty Garden- July 25

Jul 24, 2013

In a captivating look at the sinister side of the natural world on Thursday’s The 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. 

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.


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