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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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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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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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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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.


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