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
2:05 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Zesty Garden- July 11

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For the Zesty Garden today it’s USU’s Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost, a hike at Tony Grove to see the elephant head flower, garden correspondence between Kathryn White and Elizabeth Lawrence, and a warning from USU Extension Horticulture Agent Jerry Goodspeed to avoid planting Jupiter’s Beard.

Tony Grove Flower Checklist

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Zesty Garden
1:53 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Zesty Garden- June 27

Frasera flowers bloom and grow.

What’s chomping away on your garden produce? Diane Alston, USU Extension Entomologist will be in studio to take your gardening questions, and to discuss pollinators.

In our Petals and Prose segment, Helen Cannon reminds us of the old Flower-o-Rama Carpet. Mike Kuhns tells us in Wait, Wait…Don’t Plant That! why aspen is not such a great tree for your yard.  

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Zesty Garden
10:27 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Zesty Garden- June 20

  Today is a discussion with Gretchen Anderson about her book "The Backyard Chicken Fight: How Keeping Chickens in Your Yard is Ruffling Feathers Across the Nation."

We’ll help you select your chickens, build a coop, and also the best way to address current chicken laws in your community. 

Zesty Garden 06/20/13

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Zesty Garden
11:53 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Zesty Garden- June 13

  USU's Extension Vegetable Specialist, Dan Drost, is in studio to answer your vegetable growing questions. And in the latest installment of Take a Hike, David Wallace will tell you where to find Utah's State Flower, the Sego Lily. It's one of our prettiest wild flowers but can easily be missed if you don't know what to look for.


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Zesty Garden
12:43 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Zesty Garden- June 6

  Wildflowers of the Mountain West is a new field guide to aid in the identification of flora seen throughout the intermountain area. On the Zesty Garden today we’ll have a discussion with the guides authors. 


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Zesty Garden
12:22 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Zesty Garden- May 30

  “Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley, tequila from agave, rum from sugarcane, bourbon from corn. Thirsty yet? Amy Stewart is author of  The Drunken Botanist. Today on The Zesty Garden, she talks about the plants that create the world’s great drinks.


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Zesty Garden
10:58 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Zesty Garden- May 23

 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.

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Zesty Garden
11:45 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Zesty Garden- April 25

  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
11:33 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Zesty Garden- April 18

  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
10:55 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Zesty Garden- May 9

  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.


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