As the Worm Turns

6:30-7pm Tuesdays
Lance Swigart
Jill Spears

“As the Worm Turns” features interview with local gardeners Lance Swigart and Lulu Volkhausen. 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 he grows 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 Volkhausen 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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AS THE WORM TURNS
10:46 am
Wed March 25, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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Host Jill Spears & 'Gardening Guru' Lance Swigart discuss early spring gardening chores as spring seems to be arriving about 3 weeks early. They also encourage their listeners to call & pledge support to KVNF during the Spring Pledge Drive, which arrived right on schedule!

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AS THE WORM TURNS
5:35 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

As the Worm Turns, Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015

As the Worm Turns airs Tuesday nights at 6:30 on KVNF.
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This program was a repeat of a February show about pruning, due to a short-notice guest cancelation.

Host Jill Spears, guest Lance Swigart.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
11:15 am
Thu March 12, 2015

As the Worm Turns - 3/10/15

  Host Jill Spears is joined by Paonia Community Garden organizer Ryan Strand.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
2:26 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

As the Worm Turns, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

As the Worm Turns airs on Tuesday nights at 6:30 on KVNF.
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Host Jill Spears is joined by gardener Wind Clearwater.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
3:35 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

As the Worm Turns, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Host Jill Spears chats with gardener Wind Clearwater about the early spring, and what to expect from area gardens this season.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
11:55 am
Wed February 4, 2015

As the Worm Turns, Tuesday, Feb. 3rd, 2015

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The seed-saving discussion continues... Host Jill Spears & gardener extraordinaire Lance Swigart discuss ways to improve the long-term characteristics of your harvest.  Next week: pruning!

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AS THE WORM TURNS
1:10 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

As the Worm Turns, Tuesday, Jan. 27th, 2015

Week 2 of the conversation about seed saving between host Jill Spears & gardening expert Lance Swigart.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
7:28 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

As The Worm Turns - 1/20/15 - Seed Saving

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Host Jill Spears and gardening guru Lance Swigart discuss seed saving - how & why to grow your own garden seeds.  A Montrose caller has an interesting bean crossbreed, and another caller wonders how to protect her corn crop from being cross-pollinated by her neighbor's GMO corn.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
7:21 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

As the Worm Turns, 1/13/15

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Host Jill Spears welcomes Daphne Yannakakis of Zephyros Farm and Garden to the studio to discuss winter operations at Zephyros, an organic 35-acre family farm located just outside of Paonia.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
1:50 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

As the Worm Turns, 12/23/14

Host Jill Spears welcomes Wind Clearwater to the program.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
1:08 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

As the Worm Turns, 12/16/14

Host Jill spears welcomes Wind Clearwater to the show.

'To mulch, or not to mulch - that is the question' (from a caller.)

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AS THE WORM TURNS
11:45 am
Wed December 10, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, 12/9/14

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Host Jill Spears welcomes Don Lareau of Zephyros Farm, a small diversified family farm on 35 acres near Paonia.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
1:50 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

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This will be the last program for this season with Lance Swigart & Lulu Volkhausen.

The panel started with an emailed question about grapes that aren't thriving, & show blotchy colors on the leaves. The show continues with discussion about seed saving, Hutterite beans, tool maintenance, Lance's magnificent compost pile, and more.

To honor the Thanksgiving holiday, Lance expounds on being thankful for the past 10,000 years of human efforts to grow crops, which has resulted in our current plethora of food varieties & growing methods.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
4:22 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

As the Worm Turns, Tuesday, Nov. 11th

KVNF's gardening gurus discussed finishing up this year's garden and prepping for next year. Callers from Norwood & Nucla asked about the wisdom of adding potato foliage to the compost pile, and for garlic-growing advice.

Tip of the week: Don't burn fallen leaves! Doing that is like stealing nutrients from your soil, since the trees take up those nutrients to create the leaves in the first place. Better to just run the lawn mower over them & leave them to decompose, or, if you must rake, pile them up somewhere & wait for nature to turn them back into soil.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
1:42 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, Oct. 28th

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KVNF's gardening gurus discuss late fall chores & take calls about storing root crops, etc.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
4:47 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, Oct. 14th

As the harvest season continues, garden tasks shift to fall cleanup & the beginnings of winter prep.

Due to a PBKC* error, our copy of this episode is missing a couple of minutes at the beginning of the program. We apologize for the omission.

(*Problem Between Keyboard & Chair)

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AS THE WORM TURNS
11:54 am
Thu October 9, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, Oct. 7th

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Are they yams, or are they sweet potatoes? And why do previously-mild chiles suddenly get hotter?

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AS THE WORM TURNS
11:07 am
Thu October 2, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, Sept. 30th

This week's show starts with a reminder of the seasonal downside of gardening: cold, wet hands & wet muddy feet!

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AS THE WORM TURNS
4:35 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, Sept. 16th

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This episode aired Tuesday, Sept. 16th, 2014.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
12:22 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, Sept. 9th

Host Jill Spears & gardening guru Lance Swigart discuss this week's gardening tips & take calls.

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