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

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.


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.

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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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!

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.

Zesty Garden - January 9

Jan 10, 2014
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.


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


Whether you're a first time grower or a seasoned veteran, USU Senior Lecturer Craig Aston will help you understand how to care for your houseplants.


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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.

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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