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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Lulu Volkhausen
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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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AS THE WORM TURNS
11:28 am
Wed September 3, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, Sept. 2nd

Our regular participants are joined by permaculture expert Wind Clearwater.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
12:43 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, July 29th

As the Worm Turns episode aired Tuesday, July 29th, 2014.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
5:32 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Monday, June 2nd

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This is the final "short" version of 'As the Worm Turns,' as aired Monday, June 2nd, during Free Range Radio. Beginning Tuesday, June 10th, the feature expands to a full half-hour, live call-in format, airing every Tuesday at 6:30 pm. Be sure to tune in, and call 527-4866 or 1-866-KVNF-NOW with your gardening questions!

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AS THE WORM TURNS
1:21 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Monday, May 26th

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Free Range Radio host Donna Littlefield talks with gardener extraordinaire Lance Swigart.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
2:55 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Monday, May 19th

KVNF's "Guru of Gardening," Lance Swigart, keeps us informed about spring chores. He chats here with host Jill Spears

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AS THE WORM TURNS
11:24 am
Thu May 15, 2014

As The Worm Turns - Monday, May 12th

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KVNF host Cyn Holder chats with gardener Lance Swigart, who, like many in Western Colorado, is busy protecting his garden from the recent late spring snowfall & chilly temperatures.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
7:06 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

As The Worm Turns - Monday, May 5th

The Tarps go on, the tarps come off... gardener Lance Swigart has been dealing with spring frost. He visits with KVNF host Jill Spears.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
11:30 am
Tue April 22, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Monday, April 21

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Spring chores continue - pruning grapes & raspberries, protecting tender plants from frost, evicting bugs. Host Jill Spears chats with gardening guru Lance Swigart.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
12:19 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Monday, April 14th

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Free Range Radio host Donna Littlefield chats with gardener Lance Swigart. They discuss using a kelp spray to help plants & trees survive spring frosts, along with spring planting chores.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
2:10 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Monday, March 31st

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Free Range Radio occasional host Scramble Canton chats with KVNF's Gardening Guru Lance Swigart about early spring soil prep & planting .

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