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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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.


Zesty Garden - 10/31

Nov 9, 2013

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.


Zesty Garden 10/24

Nov 9, 2013
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- October 17

Oct 17, 2013

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.


Zesty Garden- October 10

Oct 14, 2013

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.


Zesty Garden- October 3

Oct 4, 2013

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.

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.

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.

Zesty Garden- Sept. 12

Sep 12, 2013

Today on The Zesty Garden, Dan Drost joins us for a discussion on how to extend your growing season and how to get those tomatoes to ripen before frost hits. And in Petals and Prose, journalist Nancy Williams joins us with some reminiscences of her friend and gardener extraordinaire, Will Pitkin, as well as a reading of his uniquely written obituary.


This week on The Zesty Garden, Tom Williams fills in for Bryan Earl in a discussion with Mark Anderson from Anderson Seed and Garden about re-seeding your lawn, planting fall bulbs, and how to divide perennials. You’ll also hear the latest Petals and Prose segment from Helen Cannon.


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