Bryan Earl

Development Director

Bryan Earl has been with UPR since 1993. He graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Journalism and completed an internship at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon, before coming to UPR full-time.  When not in his garden, Bryan loves to travel with his family, ride trains, ski at Beaver Mountain, and sing with the American Festival Chorus.

Ways to Connect

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What would you find on the Zesty Garden on the last episode? Helpful answers to your gardening questions, of course!  Bramble and grape talk, beets, riparian areas, and of course, Petals and Prose.

Link to Riparian Planting Workshop Info

Link to Free Riparian Plant Guide

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Natural predators attacking the invasive brown-marmorated stink bug? Termite colonies where older workers change diapers? How do cicadas know when to emerge from the ground? And a nearly extinct butterfly that makes a comeback in South Florida. And on Petals and Prose, moss is not all its laid out to be.

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USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost talks Walls-o-Water, Milk Jugs and other ways to speed up your tomatoes. Nancy Williams reads an essay on how the Northern Flicker and how to discourage them from rat-a-tat tapping on your home.

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Galls, Haworthia, Cooking Tomatoes, Apache Plume and Moss.

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Who had ownership of your property? The Indigo Bunting thinks he does on today's Petals and Prose. On The Zesty Garden, you'll also learn how to downsize your veggie garden, and avoid planting Jupiter's Beard.

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Brent Black helps you prune your peach tree; Participate in a community garden with Helen Muntz; What to do with Arugula (make pesto!); and a sycamore essay read by Helen Cannon.

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A dragonfly that travels up to 4400 miles? Timing the dormant oil spray for your fruit and landscape trees to get rid of nasty pests? The best salad this side of the Pecos (or further!)? Listen to today's Zesty Garden.

Link to House Salad Recipe

Link to Lemon Chiffon Cake Recipe

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On today's Zesty Garden, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost helps you with your onions AND your transplants, then Helen Cannon reminds us why we need to cherish and share the hyacinths and pennies in our lives.

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Join Mark Anderson from Anderson Seed and Garden as we take calls from listeners, then listen to a Chocolate-Chili Cream Pot recipe from Hell's Backbone Grill.

Chocolate-Chili Cream Pot Recipe Link

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Learn how to grow a garden...anywhere, earlier...even on cement, with straw bale gardening. Also, agastache should be a must for your drought-tolerant/native flower garden. Helen Cannon also finishes reading from a Katherine White essay on Petals and Prose.

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How do you establish a high class restaurant in an isolated small town? Throw an ice cream social for the locals! Nancy Williams reads on Petals & Prose. Also, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost joins us for the first time in 2016.

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Gerald Holmes, Bugwood.Org

Spider and prey DNA in the spider web? Stinging yourself to create a pain index? Vibrational noise to control leafhoppers? Diane Alston is on today's Zesty Garden.

Daily Digest Signup Link From Entomology Today

A book called Garden-pedia
St. Lynn's Press

A discussion about growing Christmas cacti, the new book Garden-pedia, phenotypic plasticity, and a river essay are all on the Zesty Garden today.

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Today is the next installment of Going Native! we look at Baptisia, also known as False Wild Indigo. On Petals and Prose, we explore what happens when an editor becomes a writer. We also take an in-depth look at the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, one of the three most invasive pests in North America.

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What do you do with that beautiful Poinsettia now that the holidays are over? How does Badger remove a giant turnip from the garden? Jerry Goodspeed, and author Jan Brett are on today's Zesty Garden along with Nancy Williams and a turnip reading on Petals and Prose.

Poinsettia Protection Link

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California Academy of Sciences

Welcome to the new year and a new season of the Zesty Garden! Today on the show is a live conversation with USU Extension Entomologist Diane Alston about face mites and jumping wasp larvae, then Helen Cannon revisits orchids on Petals and Prose.

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On Petals and Prose Nancy Williams revisits an essay from Gardening at the Dragon's Gate. Mark Anderson outlines some great Christmas Gifts for the gardener in our life. Bryan Dixon explains the Logan Christmas Bird Count.

Link for Christmas Bird Count Information

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Timber Press

First is an interview with the author of "The Natural World of Winnie the Pooh," then a recommendation to plant the Desert Holly, and in-depth look as to why leaves are red.

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On Zesty Garden today is Diane Alston with news about a blood-sucking moth, a natural born pest found for stink bugs, and a comparison of the natural repellents often used for mosquitoes. And on Petals and Prose, stay tuned for great information about….  Chicken. 

Link for Laurie Colwin Roast Chicken Recipe

Versailles Palace and Gardens

In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned André Le Nôtre with the design and laying out of the gardens of Versailles which, in his view, were just as important as the Château. The works were undertaken at the same time as those for the palace and took forty years to complete requiring enormous amounts of work that sometimes took whole regiments. Today on The Zesty Garden, you’ll learn how and why Versailles and its gardens were built.

Click Here for Versailles Web Site

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The first general frost of the year has finally hit Cache Valley and other parts of the state. Mark Anderson will be on this Thursday’s Zesty Garden at 10am to help us close up the garden shop. There are also two recipes for  yummy zucchini bread (see links below), plus Helen Cannon reads an essay about giant pumpkin growing.

Gingery Olive Oil Zucchini Bread w/Lemon Glaze

My New Favorite Zucchini Bread w/Orange & Rosemary

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Chelsea Green Publishing

African Violets, Tuscany, Italy, and How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 Days...  All on today's Zesty Garden.

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St. Lynn's Press /

We revisit a conversation with C.L. Fornari about her book, Coffee for Roses...and 70 Other Misleading Myths About Backyard Gardening. And in Petals and Prose, Helen Cannon reads about what happens when you visit the places of Thoreau.

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David Sullivan / Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers

How do mosquitoes use man-made roads to travel? Should you really grow Catmint? How big was this year's giant pumpkin in Utah? An essay on Cooking and Stealing? Listen to today's Zesty Garden.


No frost has been reported yet in most areas of the state, but that doesn’t mean that cooler evenings…and shorter days…aren’t having an effect. Today on the Zesty Garden, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist Dan Drost helps you mitigate some of the cooling issues that might be keeping your tomatoes or melons from ripening. Helen Cannon remembers Oliver Sacks on Petals & Prose.

Link to USU Gardening App

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How can partially burned wood help the soil and your plants? We'll look at the possible benefits of biochar on today's Zesty Garden. It’s also tomato day as we talk about how to preserve tomatoes, or consider roasting and freezing them on Petals and Prose. There’s also a recipe for a delicious tomato pie. But first, learn about the results of a small fruit taste panel. Which berries were voted the most flavorful?

Link to Tomato Pie Recipe

Link to Raspberry Trial Info

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Why are there so many species of stink bug (ask Diane Alston)? What is the best way to can tomatoes (from Adrie Roberts)? What is a coconut (Petals and Prose)?

USU Staff Assistant II

Position Summary:   This position serves Utah Public Radio under the direct supervision of the UPR Station Manager. This is an integral position within UPR as it is the first point of contact for radio guests, members, donors, faculty and students. Excellent customer service and organizational skills are a must. The position also provides administrative support for the unit. This is a full-time position, working Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The successful candidate must pass a background check with satisfactory findings.

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Sometimes you feel like a nut, but not when you’re a coconut. Disect an Almond Joy in Petals and Prose, in addition to landscape architecture in India, and how to eat (not pull!) weeds.

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Hopefully, you harvested your garlic back in late June/early July. But if you’ve never planted garlic before, when is the right time of the year to put it in the ground? How about right now! Dan Drost, USU Extension Vegetable Specialist is in studio today and will help you with your gardening questions, including how to pick and store winter squash. Jack Greene joins us for a conversation about Utah’s fall colors. Then we revisit a Petals and Prose as Nancy Williams reads from How Carrots Won the Trojan War.