As the Worm Turns

6:30-7pm Tuesdays
  • Hosted by Jill Spears, Lance Swigart
  • Local Host Lulu Volckhausen

“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.

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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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Guest host Peggy Soup visits with Tim "The Pie Guy" Owens.

Guest host Peggy Soup welcomes local kitchen wizard Willi Moore (aka DJ Muffin) to the studio for a wide-ranging conversation about cooking.

Guest host Peggy Soup welcomes Lea Petmezas of local food business Organic Food Worx / Citizen Raw.  Lea's business makes raw dehydrated snack foods from local veggies, fruit, seeds & nuts. She has spent quite a bit of time learning gardening from our regular gardening guru, Lance Swigart.

Lea is also a KVNF DJ, hosting One Woman's Perspective once a month.

Guest host Peggy Soup welcomes Alisha Michelson to the show, for a discussion about wildcrafting & herbal remedies.

Substitute host Peggy Soup is joined by Tim Owens, for a chat about food! Tim is a former restaurateur. John from Montrose & Clark from Paonia call in with questions & comments.

Our regular host Jill Spears and gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen are taking a well-deserved winter break. Guest host Peggy Soup is in the studio tonight. She takes a call about echinacea root, and waxes eloquent about a variety of topics. Mom Bonnie & sister Alesha join her for quiet moral support.

Gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen join host Jill Spears for their last conversation of this gardening season.

Host Jill Spears & gardeners Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen discuss end-of-season garden issues & take a few calls.

Special guest Jerry Adams of D R Fish Fertilizer joins the regular crew for tonight's show. He specializes in using fish fertilizer along with mineral and biological supplements to adjust soil fertility.

Lulu brought along "Godzilla," an enormous zucchini!

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Pledge Drive Show!

First frost in the North Fork! Harvest is in full swing & garden cleanup is next. Anthony calls with a suggestion to "recycle" your grass, rather than raking/burning/etc.  David calls with an offer of free wood chips, and Bud calls from Rogers Mesa, wondering when he should harvest his butternut squash crop.

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