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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Additional Gardening Info:

Plant Pest Advisory Sign-Up
Horticulture/Dormant Spray Demystified
Insect Vectors of Vegetable Virus Diseases

Zesty Garden- May 23

May 24, 2013

 The aphid hoards are descending on your garden. How can you keep them at bay? USU Extension Entomologist, Diane Alston, will help you nurture the aphid nemesis, the lady beetle. Also today is a recipe for Ginger Carrot Soup along with a reading by journalist and bee keeper Nancy Williams on how carrots helped win the Trojan War.

Zesty Garden- April 25

May 22, 2013

  As we warm up this spring and get our gardens ready we need to start thinking about weeds. Today on the program we have USU extension weed specialist Ralph Whitesides with the Plants, Soils and Climate Department. We discus things you can do now that if you ignore, you will regret later.

Zesty Garden- April 18

May 22, 2013

  There is still time to prepare your trees for this years pests. We speak with USU extension entomologist Diane Alston about what you can do to ready your plants with sprays and other solutions now that the season is warming up.


Zesty Garden- May 9

May 22, 2013

  The family in the children’s book, "The Carrot warned little brother, “Your carrots won’t come up!” Any kind of small seed, if not taken care of, will have trouble germinating. On The Zesty Garden we have USU Extension vegetable specialist, Dan Drost, will address seed hydration issues along with what to do for a success bed of asparagus.


Zesty Garden- May 16

May 20, 2013

One of the best ways to ensure that your cool season lawn gets through the hot summer is using the best watering practices and having a healthy lawn.  This includes watering deeply and less often, and mowing high. But there are also other types of cool season grasses that can also help your lawn be more drought tolerant. These include tall and fine fescues. Today on The Zesty Garden, we’ll look at the latest in these and other “best practices” with USU Water Conservation and Turfgrass Specialist, Kelly Kopp. But first on the program, we’ll talk with a dutch bulb expert whose family has been selling bulbs for almost 400 years. 


Zesty Garden- May 2

May 13, 2013

Today we visit with USU Extension Turfgrass Specialist, Kelly Kopp, about buffalo grass and it’s suitability for planting in our climate. We’ll also talk with author Joel Karsten about his new book “Straw Bale Gardens-The Breakthrough Method for Growing Vegetables Anywhere, Earlier, and With No Weeding.”  Journalist and USU Emerita Professor, Nancy Williams, joins us for another edition of Petals and Prose.


Zesty Garden- April 11

May 13, 2013

In studio with me today is Dan Drost, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist. Dan says the garden has been pretty frosty this week, and we'll be discussing the growth of your plants and seeds.

If you have garden questions, send the Zesty Garden an email, or tweet us @ZestyGarden.


Zesty Garden- April 4

May 13, 2013

In studio with me today is Mark Andersen from Andersen Seed and Garden. Among other things, we'll be talking about tomatoes, keeping critters out of your garden from munching on those delicious tulips, and lawns, roses, and onions.

If you have garden questions, send the Zesty Garden an email, or tweet us @ZestyGarden.


Zesty Garden-March 28

Apr 25, 2013

One of the most important tasks for managing woody plants, including fruiting and ornamental trees and shrubs, will take place soon. This Thursday on the zesty garden, USU extension entomologist Diane Alston will talk about the practice of using dormant sprays to reduce or prevent the insect outbreaks that can devastate flower and fruit production in your garden. We’ll also look at those insects that carry diseases to your vegetables, and how you can control them.


Zesty Garden- March 21

Apr 25, 2013

  How do you plant a garden when there’s snow on the ground one day and it’s raining the next? It’s important to know not only the makeup of your soil, but also how warm it must be before you can plant. On this week’s show, Dr. Teryl Roper from USU’s plant, soils and climate department will help you discover the secrets to timing your garden plantings. 


Zesty Garden- March 14

Apr 25, 2013

This Thursday on The Zesty Garden we’ll explore early spring planting issues. While temperatures have risen and are melting the snow, how do you know when it’s time to plant? How can you speed up the warming of the soil so you can get that first crop of peas even earlier? Dan Drost, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist is Bryan Earl’s guest for the hour. Join them Thursday at 10:00 for The Zesty Garden.


Zesty Garden- March 7

Apr 25, 2013

I discuss the new show name and different segments in the program, such as "What not to plant" in Utah, literature spots, and more.

Primarily on the program, I'm talking about pruning with Mike Kuhns, USU Extension Forestry specialist.


  On the Zesty Garden today, we discuss a new name for the gardening program, and talk with Jerry Goodspeed, USU Weber COunty extention agent. I talk to Jerry about the process of gardening, and planting indoors before the weather warms up.


  Welcome to the first edition of the Thursday gardening program. With me in studio is Diane Alston, USU Extension Entemologist. Right now, gardening is just getting underway, despite the fact there is a little over a foot of snow on the ground.


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