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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Horticulture/Dormant Spray Demystified
Insect Vectors of Vegetable Virus Diseases

Zesty Garden- August 29

Aug 28, 2013

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.


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!


Zesty Garden- August 15

Aug 15, 2013

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.

Zesty Garden- August 8

Aug 8, 2013

Allium sativum, commonly known as garlic, is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek and chive. Today on The Zesty Garden, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist, Dan Drost will tell you everything you need to know about planting and using garlic.

Zesty Garden- August 1

Aug 5, 2013

On the Zesty Garden this week, USU Extension Forestry Specialist Mike Kuhns will help you fireproof your yard. The right plants in the right place will make the difference should you house be in the path of a wildfire.  Yellow flax is the subject of the next Take a Hike segment. Jerry Goodspeed will tell you to use a bucket if you want to plant comfrey, and finally, from Helen Cannon in Petals and Prose, you’ll hear a tribute to the late Will Pitkin, formerly of Hyde Park.

Zesty Garden- July 25

Jul 24, 2013

In a captivating look at the sinister side of the natural world on Thursday’s The Zesty Garden, author Amy Stewart uncovers more than one hundred of our worst insect enemies in her book Wicked Bugs: The Louse That Conquered Napoleon’s Army and Other Diabolical Insects. It’s a mixture of history, science, murder, and intrigue that begins-but doesn’t end-in our own backyards. 

Zesty Garden- July 18

Jul 19, 2013

What would you say to a meal of chocolate covered grasshoppers? How about cabbage, peas n crickets or caramel popcorn cicadas? While it may or may not sound appetizing, the United Nations  food and agriculture organization is trying to make a case for why insects should be on your dinner plate.

USU Extension Entomologist, Diane Alston, is in studio and will give her take on the both the nutritional and taste profile of her favorite insects.


Zesty Garden- July 11

Jul 11, 2013

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


Zesty Garden- June 27

Jun 28, 2013

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.  

Zesty Garden- June 20

Jun 21, 2013

  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. 


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