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
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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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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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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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.

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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The Zesty Garden
12:00 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Zesty Garden- Sept. 12

Will Pitkin

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.


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The Zesty Garden
1:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Zesty Garden- September 5

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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The Zesty Garden
9:00 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Zesty Garden- August 29

Cover crops are easy to plant, and good for the soil. Learn more on The Zesty Garden.

On this Thursday’s show I have a conversation with USU Extension Soils Specialist, Grant Cardon. He says that one of the most important things we can do to improve our soils is to plant a cover crop, also known as green manure. It’s so easy to do and now is the time to plant. We’ll tell you what, when, where, how and why cover crops are so beneficial.


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11:41 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Control Insects, Pests, and Critters with Entomologist Diane Alston

The western striped and the western spotted cucumber beetle have been a nuisance in Utah gardens lately. Their damage can be extensive. On Thursday’s The Zesty Garden, U-S-U Extension Entomologist Diane Alston will help you get these and other insect critters under control. We’ll also hear about the naming of plants on Petals and Prose, and you’ll learn why not to plant Sea Oats on Wait, Wait…Don’t Plant That!


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4:33 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Zesty Garden- August 15

Harvesting rainwater on your own property is easy to do. Utah Water Watch Coordinator, Brian Green, and Licensed Landscape Architect Kevin Jensen of Three Men and a Shovel, are in studio with practical ideas on how to do it. He talks regulations, how to store rainwater, and how to (and when to) register to collect rainwater in your own yard.

Before 2010 you were breaking the law to collect rainwater- even the water coming off your own roof or from your property. Why? Water rights.

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