The Zesty Garden

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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You can catch weekly updates and info for your garden and outdoor life on the Zesty Garden Twitter account.

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Horticulture/Dormant Spray Demystified
Insect Vectors of Vegetable Virus Diseases

The Saucy Southerner

Tomato pie, discount plant cautions, and a discussion about bees and the Varroa Mite highlight today's Zesty Garden.

Tomato Pie Recipe Link

USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost talks about garlic and ripening issues, then Helen Cannon explores the gardening world of Beatrix Potter and it's influence on the author's writing.

Read USU Extension Article on Garlic

Utah Farmer's Markets

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 - August 21

Aug 21, 2014

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

USU Fruit Web Pages

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.


Zesty Garden - August 14

Aug 14, 2014
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 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

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


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.


Zesty Garden - July 10

Jul 10, 2014

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.


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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