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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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You can catch weekly updates and info for your garden and outdoor life on the Zesty Garden Twitter account.

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Additional Gardening Info:

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

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the zesty garden
11:17 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Zesty Garden- May 16

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. 


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The Zesty Garden
2:07 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Zesty Garden- May 2

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.


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The Zesty Garden
2:06 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Zesty Garden- April 11

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.


The Zesty Garden
1:40 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Zesty Garden- April 4

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.


The Zesty Garden
12:56 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Zesty Garden-March 28

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
12:56 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Zesty Garden- March 21

  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. 


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Zesty Garden
12:48 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Zesty Garden- March 14

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.


The Zesty Garden
12:48 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Zesty Garden- March 7

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.


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The Zesty Garden
12:39 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Zesty Garden- February 28

  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.


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The Zesty Garden
12:15 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Zesty Garden- February 21

  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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