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
6:40 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Zesty Garden - November 21

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Petals & Prose w/Nancy Williams-Waxwings

Butternut & Apple Soup (Gluten Free) Liz Fallis

6 lbs butternut squash, halved & seeded

¼ c olive oil (or less)

1 onion, chopped

1 rib celery, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 Tbsp Kosher salt

1 tsp pepper

3 apples, diced

3 c apple cider

4 quarts stock, vegetable or chicken

4 oz green pumpkin seeds, toasted

4 oz crumbled blue cheese

Roast butternut on greased baking sheet at 375, for 45-60 minutes, or until very soft.  Cool enough to scoop butternut from skin.  Heat olive oil in large stock pot and sauté onion, celery and garlic until soft, but not browned.  Add salt, pepper, butternut, apples, apple cider and 3 quarts of stock.  Bring to a boil, then simmer until apples and vegetables are very soft.  Puree in a blender.  Adjust thickness with additional stock if too thick.  Adjust seasonings.  Serve with toasted pumpkin seeds & crumbled blue cheese.  Serves 20.

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The Zesty Garden
11:32 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Zesty Garden - November 14

Amaryllis-Charisma

Mark Anderson from Anderson Seed and Garden helps you select a gift for the discerning gardener in your life, and Helen Cannon continues with her essay remembering Chadwick's Plants in Willard, UT.

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Zesty Garden - November 7
11:35 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Zesty Garden - November 7

Book: The Drunken Botanist
Credit Amy Stewart / Algonquin Press

Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley and tequila from agave. Today on the Zesty Garden is an encore interview with Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist. On Petals and Prose is a personal essay from Helen Cannon as she remembers Chadwick's Perennials in Willard, UT.

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Zesty Garden
11:23 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Zesty Garden - 10/31

Black Widow Spider

USU Facilities Certified Arborist, Preston Colver, helps you finish up outside gardening tasks. Also, he'll help you know when your trees are approaching their life limit. On Petals and Prose, Nancy Williams chats about spiders.

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Petals and Prose/Nancy Williams-Spiders

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Zesty Garden 10/24
10:55 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Zesty Garden 10/24

USU Extension Entomologist, Diane Alston
Credit USU Extension

How do you keep the creepy crawlers out of your home? Diane Alston, USU Extension Entomologist will help you on today's Zesty Garden. In Petals and Prose, Helen Cannon refers to the Canadian Settler's Guide.

Zesty Garden Full Show w/Diane Alston and Helen Cannon.

Petals and Prose w/Helen Cannon: Canadian Settler's Guide

The Zesty Garden
1:18 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Zesty Garden- October 17

The gardening season is drawing to a close and Mark Anderson of Anderson Seed and Garden will help you finish the season on a high note. We talk about bulbs, weeds, and lawn care on today’s show, along with Petals and Prose from Helen Cannon.

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Petals and Prose

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Zesty Garden
1:51 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Zesty Garden- October 10

The snow has already begun to fly but there is still time to get those last few tasks completed before the ground is frozen. What to do first? Dan Drost, USU Extension Gardening Specialist is in studio to help you prioritize. In Petals and Prose, Nancy Williams reads and excerpt about what happens when beekeepers have a pig roast.


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Zesty Garden
12:58 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Zesty Garden- October 3

The "king," the "trumpet," "the hedgehog." These are all names given to wild mushrooms by those who forage for them. It’s a world that author and mushroom forager Langdon Cook knows well. In his new book “Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America," we are introduced to the subculture of mushroom pickers and buyers who are responsible for finding the wild mushrooms that end up on our plates.  And, in Petals and Prose, Nancy Williams reads an essay about raising honeybees in the Ozarks.

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Zesty Garden
10:28 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Zesty Garden- September 26

Prickly Pear cacti

Gardening in southern Utah isn’t very tricky; You just have to know what time of the year to grow, and keep your plants well hydrated. Today on The Zesty Garden, USU/Washington County Extension Agent Rick Heflebower, will help you understand the ins and outs of growing in hot temperatures. Also, Helen Cannon delivers the latest Petals and Prose.

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The Zesty Garden
2:23 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Zesty Garden- September 19

Lilacs are not native to the west, but they were brought here by the early pioneers and have adapted well to our climate. Lilacs often point the way to original homesteads as they continue to hang on with the little moisture they receive. Give them a little extra water above what mother nature provides in Utah, and they thrive.

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