As the Worm Turns

Tuesday 6:30-7:00pm

“As the Worm Turns” features interview with local gardeners Lance Swigart and Lulu Volckhausen. Tips and tidbits from these interviews are posted here, and our listeners can make comments and ask questions in the comments forum below.

Lance Swigart lives nine miles outside of Hotchkiss. He grows 90 percent of his food and harvests 100 percent of his seeds from a garden located above 6,000 feet elevation. He has been building his incredibly beautiful garden space for the last 25 years, and is a wealth of information about all kinds of gardening, from grains to beans to fruits and vegetables, even nuts. Enjoy these photos taken by Suze Smith, a local photographer who has worked on this documentary for the past year in hopes that it will highlight the value of the organic food and sustainability movement in the irreplaceable North Fork Valley.

Lulu Volckhausen lives in Paonia and is well known for her her beautiful yard and garden spaces.

To ask your gardening question on the show, call 527-4868 or 1-866-KVNF-NOW during the program on Tuesday evening, or email anytime to worm@kvnf.org.

Ways to Connect

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LULU'S  BACK! And Jill & Lance are here as always, discussing late summer gardening and taking your calls.

Dan from Log Hill w/a question about pumpkins.Anthony has a comment about box elder bugs, and a question about cannabis seeds. Also Woodstock...

 

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Host Jill Spears chats with gardening guru Lance Swigart, and our usual 3rd  crew member, Lulu Volckhausen, calls in from Glenwood Springs.

Calls from Darrell in Peach Valley, Duna in Norwood, Sue in Ridgway, Katie in Crawford.

Listener Marilyn Stone emailed us the picture shown here, with this question: "We have 2 nests of these bees or wasps near RxR ties that border the yard. They don't seem to be overly aggressive. I've never seen bees or wasps build this kind of nest before. Any ideas what they are? Are they beneficial?"

Host Jill Spears and gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen chat about summer gardening & take calls.

Amber calls with a question about whiteflies.

Andrea has a question about dealing with ants in a potted cactus that she wants to be able to bring indoors this winter.

Tim calls with a question about a sickly cherry tree, and also a report that the CSU Extension Research Center on Rogers Mesa west of Hotchkiss will be reopening.

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Jill, Lance & Lulu dive into mid-summer gardening tips & take calls from listeners every Tuesday, 6:30-7:00 pm.

Email your questions to worm@kvnf.org if you like, or call 866-KVNF-NOW during the program.

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.

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.

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.

Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart take calls about citronella, frost, compost, lilacs and raising worms in the winter.

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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.

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!

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.

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

Host Jill Spears & gardening expert Lance Swigart discuss pruning.

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

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Host Jill Spears & gardening guru Lance Swigart discuss seed-saving for the brassica family of crops - turnips, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, etc.

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Week 3 of our series about seed-saving, with host Jill Spears & gardening expert Lance Swigart.

Week 2 of our seed-saving series, with host Jill Spears & garden wizard Lance Swigart.

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They're ba-a-a-a-ck! Host Jill Spears & gardening guru Lance Swigart are in the studio with special guest Sarah Pope from the Hotchkiss Library for a discussion of seed saving & the library's shareable seed collection.

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Guest host Peggy Soup & her studio guest Tim "The Pie Guy" Owens discuss cooking-related subjects, including alternative oils, cooking at altitude, and foil vs ceramic/stoneware for pie dishes. Sue from Ridgway & Ellen from Paonia call in with comments.

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