Jeff Reynolds

Operations Manager

Email:  jeff(at)kvnf.org

The summer night sky is teeming with bright stars, but one outshines them all and has stories to tell that rival its brightness. Head outside at nightfall and look almost straight overhead to spot the brightest star in the summer sky, the red giant, Arcturus.

Host Jill Spears and her garden gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen chat about their latest garden adventures and take calls from listeners.

Jen calls with a question about ants. Anthony calls with a tomato-planting question. Charris calls from Horsefly Mesa, wondering how to transplant wild lupines.

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The garden gurus share mid-summer gardening tips & take your calls on the Independence Day Edition of As the Worm Turns. Watering tips, how to transplant irises, harvesting & drying garlic.

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“As one great furnace flamed, yet from those flames / No light, but rather darkness visible,” wrote English poet John Milton in Paradise Lost, describing the infernal realm into which the archangel Lucifer fell. Milton’s words could equally describe a more astronomical sort of descent-- the whirling dervish and collision of orbiting black holes, warping the very fabric of space and time around them. Such events are detectable from Earth in the form of gravitational radiation, a phenomenon offering a novel way of seeing the Universe.

Jill, Lance & Lulu discuss the best ways to beat the heat in the garden! "Lots of water" is the answer for many issues with our current dry spell.

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As we celebrate the Summer Solstice, (10:24 pm MDT Tuesday 6/20/17,) host Jill Spears and her gardening experts Lulu Volckhausen and Lance Swigart discuss tips for summer gardening, including dealing with the current heat wave.

Garlic is ready for harvest. Time to plant fall cabbage crop.

Dave calls from Delta to ask "Are carrot tops edible?" Answer: Yes they are.

What value can be found in a truly dark, star-speckled sky? Simply put, there is no universal answer.

Host Jill Spears and her gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen discuss summer gardening tips and take calls from listeners.

Jefferson in Paonia has an issue with the crew's potato advice.
Margit in Paonia has a question about compost.
Dave, who helps with Northside Elementary School garden in Montrose, has a couple of questions.
Scott from Moab calls in, with issues similar to Dave's - yellowing leaves.

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Jill, Lance & Lulu wax eloquent about all things garden-related. Rich & Joy call in with a question about something eating their newly-sprouted beans. Josephine has a question about box elder bugs.

My husband is an amateur astronomer and we are fortunate to have great dark skies at home and at other Western Slope venues.

Most people assume that we use telescopes for observing and ask how many we have and what kind. We explain that we have several telescopes, but some of our favorite viewing is with binoculars.

Host Jill Spears and her gardening gurus Lance Swigart and Lulu Volckhausen discuss gardening tips and take listener calls.

Larry calls with a clarification about Lamb's Quarters and Amaranth taxonomy. Duna calls from Norwood with information about Purslane as an indicator of good soil. Anthony from Paonia calls in with thanks to whomever sent him the Biodynamic Calendar.

 

To us, the Sun seems like a constant source of heat and light. Compared to many other stars, that’s pretty much true. Since accurate, space-based measurements have been recorded, the total irradiance of the Sun has varied by less than 0.2%.

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Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart discuss cutting-edge gardening techniques & take calls from listeners.

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Host Jill Spears and gardeners Lance Swigart and Lulu Volckhausen chat about spring gardening. Skip calls with a question about old tree roots. David calls with great info about bumblebees.

Many people are familiar with finding Polaris, the North Star, by using the two end stars in the Big Dipper Bowl as ‘pointer stars.’ However, you may not know that if you follow these same two stars in the OPPOSITE direction during spring and summer, you will find the constellation Leo, the Lion. Early in May, Leo is directly south and high in the sky at about 9 pm.

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Jill, Lance & Lulu share their gardening adventures (and misadventures!)

Host Jill Spears welcomes regular gardening experts Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart, and special guest soil scientist Ron Godin, who recently retired from CSU Extension.

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Have you ever seen a star-like object moving across the night sky over several minutes?  You may have seen an artificial satellite. 

Host Jill Spears and gardeners Lance Swigart and Lulu Volckhausen discuss everything you need to know about gardening this week.

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Host Jill Spears and gardeners extraordinaire Lulu Volckhausen and Lance Swigart discuss spring gardening.

Laurie calls with a question about "leggy" indoor starts. David has a question about new raised beds.

Now is the time to prune grapes.

Lulu saw her first hummingbird of the year a few days ago. David calls back with good info about early hummingbirds.

An off-air caller wants to know about hardy figs.

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Host Felix Belmont welcomes Don Suppes, the newest member of the Delta County Board of County Commissioners, for his first appearance on KVNF's monthly Delta County Commissioners Report.

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Every Boy Scout knows how to find the North Star; just follow the two stars on the end of the Big Dipper’s bowl, and voila… you’re there! The North Star might be the most famous star in the entire sky, yet also the most misunderstood.

LULU'S BACK!

On a chilly evening with freeze warnings in effect around the area, host Jill Spears & gardening guru Lance Swigart are joined by their seasonal partner Lulu Volckhausen for a lively springtime discussion.

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Host Jill Spears, gardening guru Lance Swigart & guest Jere Lowe encourage all gardeners (and gardener wannabes!) to contribute to the KVNF Spring Pledge Drive!

Mercury, the innermost and speediest planet, can be hard to see, because it never appears very far from the brilliant Sun in our sky.

On the first full day of Spring, host Jill Spears & gardener extraordinaire Lance Swigart discuss grains.

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Host Jill Spears & gardening guru Lance Swigart are joined by Jere Lowe of Earth Friendly Supply Co. in Paonia for a discussion about building soil health with compost.

Host Jill Spears & garden wizard Lance Swigart chat about early planting topics.

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This year, on August 21st, there will be a total solar eclipse. So what’s the big deal? The big deal is that the event will be accessible to millions right here in the U.S!

Host Jill Spears & gardening guru Lance Swigart discuss pruning. Paonia orchardist Jeff S. calls in with a handy tip for cleaning up the prunings.

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