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- 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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Yellow jackets are swarming, the box elder bugs are massing, aphids are increasing their numbers. We've discussed these insects before, but we're going to talk about them again with Utah State University Extension Entomologist Diane Alston will be with us today for the last time of the season. 

Dan Drost is the vegetable specialist on the gardening still happening across the state on Access Utah today. Drost and Bryan Earl discuss the gardening season, the water situation this past season, and of course, vegetables. 

It's almost the end of the gardening season these days, but Bryan Earl has Mark Anderson from Anderson Seed and Garden in Logan on the program to talk about your lawn, preparing your garden for winter, and the last of the harvest. 

Today on Access Utah we have Diane Alston in studio to discuss insects. This week,  we're talking paper wasps, spiders, and garden insects. 

To get weekly updates about garden information, you can follow Bryan Earl on Twitter.

Wow, most gardens are displaying green, green, green. Hopefully, it’s not the green of weeds. How do you know when it’s time to pick something? Today USU Extension Vegetable Specialist, Dan Drost, is in studio for the entire hour.  When it comes to knowing when something is ripe, the sampling test may not always be practical. You don’t want to leave a cantaloupe on the vine with a bite taken out of it. On the other hand, unless you like them green, it’s pretty easy to tell when to pick a tomato. And I’ve never met an immature pepper that I didn’t like.

If your soil is sandy, or if it has too much clay, the best way to change it is with a consistent program of adding organic matter. The most efficient and easiest way to do this is by planting a cover crop.  You can do this in the spring or in the fall. Seed is readily available and fairly inexpensive, and all you have to do is incorporate the crop into the soil at the appropriate time. You’ll add precious organic matter that holds water more efficiently and adds nutrients back into soil to be used later by your vegetables or ornamentals. USU soils specialist, Grant Cardon, will be in studio for the first half hour to instruct us in how to do this.

Grasshoppers tend to lay their eggs in undisturbed fields, there are no brown recluses in Utah, and you may not want to get rid of the bees in your yard. Bryan Earl talks to USU Extension Entemoloist Diane Alston in studio about bugs. 

On Access Utah Monday Bryan Earl meets with Mark Anderson to talk about everything garden. Among the topics covered are shrubs, where to plant various plants in your yard, micro-organisms, raspberries and more. 

Monday I met with Utah State University Extension Horticulturist Jerry Goodspeed to discuss shrubbery. What shrubs are drought-safe? What shrubs need lots of attention or virtually no attention? 

Utah State University Extension Soil Specialist Grant Cardon joins Bryan Earl to discuss why you can't grow blueberries and other plants you've seen back east. On Access Utah Monday we'll talk about why the soil is so alkaline, cover crops, and have the latest Wild about Utah.