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The Zesty Garden is UPR's original gardening and outdoors program. The Zesty Garden is more than just the usual garden conversation show.

Expect insider information about Utah hiking and biking trails along with their flora and fauna. Learn what plants you should avoid putting in your landscape with the Wait, Wait. . .Don’t Plant That! segment. Literary musings will encourage your soul and inform your mind.

To round out the hour, show host Bryan Earl will infuse his own green thumb experiences along with your questions and comments.

The Zesty Garden airs Thursday at 10 a.m. on Utah Public Radio.

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Zesty Garden
9:33 am
Thu August 28, 2014

The Zesty Garden - August 28

Mountain Hollyhock

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
5:48 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Zesty Garden - August 21

Blackberries

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

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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.

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Zesty Garden
5:48 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Zesty Garden - August 14

Integrated Pest Management
Credit 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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The Zesty Garden
9:58 am
Thu August 7, 2014

The Zesty Garden - August 7

Ambrosia Corn

The summer’s in the meadow, the mist is in the gloamin’, and your corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, and you’re ready to reap the vegetables of the warm days of the year. Today on The Zesty Garden, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost takes your questions.  And to end the program…If you thought you knew Emily Dickinson as a poet then you’re missing out on the inspiration for much of her poetry…her flowers. That’s the Zesty Garden, today just after the news.

Corn Shucking Secret

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Zesty Garden
5:14 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

The Zesty Garden - July 31

Little Brown Bat

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

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The Zesty Garden
6:28 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

The Zesty Garden - July 17

Staghorn Fern

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.

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The Zesty Garden
7:26 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Zesty Garden - July 10

Peace Rose/Hybrid Tea

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.

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The Zesty Garden
10:29 am
Mon July 7, 2014

The Zesty Garden - July 3

Broad-tailed Hummingbird feeding on Agastache
Credit 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.

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The Zesty Garden
10:23 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The Zesty Garden - June 26

Variegated Pothos

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.

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The Zesty Garden
11:37 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

The Zesty Garden - June 19

Carrots

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

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