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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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. 

USU extension plant pathologist Claudia Nischwitz joins Bryan Earl Monday morning to talk about diseases- viruses and bacteria that can affect the plants in your garden. 

Diane Alston, Utah State University Extension Entomologist, joins Bryan Earl for the hour to discuss bugs in trees, bushes and other plants and how to get rid of them. 

Monday's Access Utah is a repeat from 2011's rainy season. Here's some up-to-date information about critters in your garden.

In many backyards across the state and country, poultry are becoming common. Raising poultry requires space, time, and special ingredients. Chickens are good for gardens, and the soul.  Today Bryan Earl speaks with Brit Merrill and Celia Bell about eggs, gardens, and chickens. 

On Access Utah Monday we take a look at the vegetables in your garden. Utah State University Extension Specialist Dan Drost is in studio today, discussing proper watering techniques, where your plants should be in their growing cycle, and more. 

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Today Bryan Earl meets with Utah State University Extension Entemologist Diane Alston about bugs in the early summer. When are the cicadas coming? How can you keep your garden clean of grasshoppers? 

Today we discuss the native flower Penstemons, in it's many varieties with experts from across the Southwest: Janette Warner, owner of Wildland Nursery in Joseph, Utah and David Salmon from High Country Gardens of Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Salmon will be a guest speaker at the Utah Native Plant Society's Penstemon Festival June 8-9. On the show he talks a bit about his topic: Penstemons. 


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Monday on Access Utah's Gardening segment, I talk to Utah State University Extension Fruit Specialist Brent Black. 

We start off talking about strawberries: Why should you buy your strawberries, and other produce locally? We also discuss healthy fruit trees, and other fruits. 

On Access Utah this Monday at 9:00 is a discussion about insects: which insects are active and what you should be concerned about. Diane Alston, Utah State University Extension Entomologist is Bryan Earl's guest.


Depending on your neck of the woods (or desert), it may be time to plant more tender plants like tomatoes, corn, and beans. Today on the Access Utah Gardening Show, Utah State University Extension vegetable specialist Dan Drost will join us for the entire hour. We'll discuss the signs that give an indication that it's warm enough to pop those tender plants and seeds into the ground. Barring an extended snap of cold and wet weather, your corn should be the best it has been in several years.

Some of the best tastes of late spring are developing right now, including strawberries . You can grow them as big as your fist or as small as the tip of your pinky finger, and everyone knows they are infinitely better plucked from the garden than anything you can buy in the store. Mark Anderson from Anderson Seed & Garden in Logan is our guest on the gardening segment of Access Utah today and happy to take your questions.

Bees, Bees, Bees

Apr 23, 2012

Today on Access Utah's gardening segment: bees, bees, bees. Backyard beekeepers, Bryan and Nancy Williams of Providence, will be in the studio to take your questions. If you have your own bees one of the advantages is an increase in the size and quantity of your fruits and vegetables. They're not as hard to take care of as you think but they do require consistent care.

Forestry Specialist Mike Kuhns, from Utah State University Extension, is talking about trees today- pruning, and keeping them healthy on Access Utah.  


Pests in Your Garden

Apr 9, 2012

It's planting and growing season, and today on Access Utah Diane Alston joins us as an extension  entomologist for Utah State University  to talk about crawling things in the garden. We discuss the decline of the honeybee, how to deal with the pests in your vegetable gardens and answer your bug questions.
You can find more information about garden pests in Utah here.

The garden is warming up! Apricot blossoms have popped and asparagus is breaking through the ground. Dan Drost, Vegetable Specialist with USU's extension program, is in the studio to answer any gardening questions you might have.

We'll talk about the implications of the early spring that about to be in full swing in Utah. Our guest for the hour is Brent Black, USU Extension fruit specialist. He'll talk about pest management plans, pruning, and other preparations for the stressful bloom period that's just around the corner.

Click here to learn about the frost-tolerance of your fruit buds.

Leafy greens are a staple of any garden and now is the time to plant them ...even under 4 inches of snow like we have in Cache Valley. Mark Anderson from Anderson Seed & Garden in Logan is in the studio the whole hour.