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 Zesty Garden
1:35 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

The Zesty Garden - June 5


USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost is in studio for some garden talk. Among the topics is our continued discussion about growing the best tomatoes. And in Petals and Prose, Helen Cannon reads why Shakespeare really knew his plants.

Dan Drost's Five Planting Aphorisms

1. 3X rule: Don't plant seeds any deeper than 3X their thickness (as they lay on their sides)

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The Zesty Garden
4:53 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Zesty Garden - May 29

Fire Blight on Pears

Deer, garden pathogens, and termites are on The Zesty Garden. USU Extension Specialists Terry Messmer, Claudio Nischwitz, and journalist Nancy Williams are part of today's program.

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Zesty Garden
4:10 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

The Zesty Garden - May 22

Monarch Butterfly

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The Zesty Garden
2:55 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

The Zesty Garden - May 15

Phalaenopsis Orchid

Florist Kimberly Watt Spears of Petal Pixie will give you the inside scoop on how to take care of cut flowers; USU Senior Lecturer Craig Aston discusses the joys of growing your own flowers for cuttings; Shane Taylor from Cactus and Tropicals helps you keep and grow the phalenopsis or "Moth" orchid; It's a frog invasion with Nancy Williams on Petals and Prose

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The Zesty Garden
11:51 am
Thu May 8, 2014

The Zesty Garden - May 8

Aloe Brevifolia

Diane Alston helps you understand coddling moth controls for apples and what the oozing sap is that comes from your stones fruits. Shayne Taylor discusses the Aloe Brevifolia as a great houseplant, and Helen Cannon discusses how and why we have tulips.

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The Zesty Garden
9:44 am
Thu May 1, 2014

The Zesty Garden - May 1


It's tomatoes and tulips on today's Zesty Garden. USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost will help you grow the best tomatoes, while Helen Cannon discusses when one tulip bulb was worth the price of a ship!

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The Zesty Garden
9:54 am
Thu April 24, 2014

The Zesty Garden - April 24

Caroline Raspberries
Credit Nourse Farms

Brent Black w/small fruits, Kelly Kopp w/turfgrass issues, and Nancy Williams w/the art of watering, today on The Zesty Garden.

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The Zesty Garden
9:51 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

The Zesty Garden - April 17

CoCoRaHS Precipitation Gauge

What do you call backyard precipitation measuring enthusiasts? CoCoRaHS, of course! Today's program explores the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network, along with a glimpse into the Moab Youth Garden Project, and the latest Petals and Prose with Helen Cannon.

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Click for  Youth Garden Project

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The Zesty Garden
10:01 am
Thu April 10, 2014

The Zesty Garden - April 10

White-spotted Sawyer/Long Horn Beetle

Ant conga dances and spruce ips apartment complexes are just a few of the topics with Diane Alston on today's Zesty Garden.

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The Zesty Garden
1:07 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

The Zesty Garden: April 3

Dan Drost, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist

USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost helps listeners know how to prepare their soil to speed up the planting process, including using plastic to warm up the soil.

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