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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The Zesty Garden
11:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

The Zesty Garden - March 6

Onions

Dan Drost, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist, has five gardening aphorisms. The first one, about planting depth, is heard in today's Zesty Garden. You'll also hear about Henry David Thoreau in Petals and Prose with Nancy Williams.

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The Zesty Garden
10:23 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The Zesty Garden - February 27

Red Haven Peaches

How will California's drought affect Utah food prices? How will the December cold snap affect Utah's peaches, apricots and cherries? USU Extension Fruit Specialist Brent Black joins us.

USU Extension Publication-Pruning

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The Zesty Garden
6:38 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

The Zesty Garden - February 20

Male Indigo Bunting

The question of land ownership becomes complicated when you look at who inhabits and uses the land...especially when you're an indigo bunting. Nancy Williams has Petals and Prose, Mike Kuhns discusses not planting Norway Maples, and we have a soil discussion with USDA Resource Soil Scientist Douglas J. Merkler.

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The Zesty Garden
11:48 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

The Zesty Garden - February 13

Emerald Ash Borer-A new pest of the west.

Get your vegetables started in southern Utah with Rick Heffelbower. Diane Alston will help you be on the lookout for a new insect pest: The emerald ash borer. Learn about orchids: Part II with Helen Cannon.

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Zesty Garden
12:36 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Zesty Garden - February 6

Quaking Aspen: The New State Tree of Utah?

It’s already time for the annual tree pruning talk with USU Extension Forestry Specialist Mike Kuhns. Then Helen Cannon reads about purloined plants on today’s Petals and Prose.

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Listen to Petals and Prose: Helen Cannon/Orchids

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Zesty Garden
11:22 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Zesty Garden - January 30

Peas

Get ready...Get set...Plant! Mark Anderson from Anderson Seed and Garden in Logan is in studio to help you get growin' on the upcoming garden season. Nancy Williams also gives you some highlights from The Wind in the Willows on Petals and Prose.

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Listen to Petals and Prose w/Nancy Williams - The Wind in the Willows

The Zesty Garden
11:50 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Zesty Garden - January 23

Honey Bee
Credit www.genehanson.com

From bluebells and bees to the bottle, honey is a fascinating product, especially when you consider it's basically bee vomit! Nancy Williams delivers a fascinating look into the world of honey production.  Candace Berthrong and Helen Muntz also join the program today to discuss the Cache Valley Master Gardener program, along with the various USU Extension publications that are available to help you...grow!

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Listen to Petals and Prose w/Nancy Williams-Bee Vomit

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The Zesty Garden
4:29 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Zesty Garden - January 16

Poison Dart Frog
Credit Cactus and Tropicals

Shane Taylor from Cactus and Tropicals helps extend the life of your poinsettia. In addition, you'll learn how to grow a vivarium. It's like a terrarium but with animals like a salamander or poison dart frog. You'll also learn how earth's flowering plants found their winter parkas to survive the last ice age, then Helen Canon treats us to another Petals and Prose.

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Petals and Prose w/Helen Cannon

Daniel McGlinn - How Flowering Plants Adapted to Cold

Shane Taylor - Poinsettias and Vivariums

The Zesty Garden
5:33 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Zesty Garden - January 9

Cookbook: One Sweet Cupcake
Credit One Sweet Slice

O.K., today's topic is a stretch for a garden show, but cupcakes do use plants like lemons, wheat, etc! Learn how to make the perfect cupcake with Janell Brown and her cookbook: One Sweet Cupcake. Nancy Williams also reads from a New Mexico Memoir on Petals and Prose.

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The Zesty Garden
8:51 am
Fri December 13, 2013

The Zesty Garden - December 12

See Wassail Recipe Below

The Zesty Garden crew join Bryan Earl in reading classic stories for the season.

Zesty Garden Holiday Special

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