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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KVNF host Jill Spears and gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen talk tomatoes,  birds and wasp control.  

Soil Scientist Ron Godin of CSU Extension is our guest tonight, with gardening guru Lance Swigart & host Jill Spears. (Lulu has "gone to the dogs" - she's away at the National Sheep Dog Trials in Carbondale. We do get a call from her during the show...)

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Gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen and KVNF host Jill Spears ruminate on late summer/early fall gardening matters, while masticating the fruits of their labors...

Lance also brought in a curiosity - a fruit from an Osage orange tree that he has growing at his place.  These are common as hedgerows in plains states, and their wood was prized by Native Americans for  making bows.

Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen nibble on Lance's delicious Reliance seedless grapes while discussing the state of late-summer gardening & harvesting. Anthony calls with a question about how to transplant some 100-year-old raspberry plants.

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Jill, Lance & Lulu get started with a sample of corn smut from Lance's garden. (Corn smut is an edible fungus that infects corn. It's considered a delicacy in Mexico.)

Jill, Lance & Lulu chat about summer harvest & more! Skip has a question about why fruit trees bear so much fruit that they break. John wants to know when to plant new plum trees & where to get them. Hope calls in with an apricot tree question.

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Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart discuss summer gardening tips, sample some wild plums, and entertain the burning question "Why isn't composting an Olympic sport?"

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Host Jill Spears visits with gardeners Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen about mid-season garden cleanup & other topics. Amber calls to ask what might be eating her hops, leaving "skeletonized" leaves. Lulu's neighbor Ben calls with a seed-saving question.

Host Jill Spears & gardeners Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart discuss summer gardening & take listener calls.

Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart discuss the latest happenings in their gardens.

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Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen discuss the latest news from their gardens. A whole lotta plantin' still going on.

Something took out Lulu's squash plants - a mystery!

Volunteer plants popping up here & there - tomatoes, squash, etc.

 

Chelsea Bookout

Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen dig deep into summer garden tips. Georgia calls with a question about fire blight. Toni wonders what to do with wild sumac berries. Lance has a trick question about mulberries.

Chelsea Bookout

Summer is here & the gardening crew is deep in the thick of it. Jill, Lulu & Lance are joined this week by special guest Ron Godin, Soil Scientist from CSU Extension. He discusses treating peach trees for gummosis, a fungal disease, and using specific cover crops to help control pests such as soil nematodes.  Did you know that winter rye can actually crowd out bindweed?

Spring turns into summer - a solstice edition of the show! Jill, Lance & Lulu discuss the latest news from the gardens, and take calls.

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The KVNF gardening crew, Jill, Lance & Lulu, dive deep into spring gardening tips.

Anthony calls in to ask about thinning apples.
Leta calls from Redvale with a question about keeping birds off her big old apricot tree.
Ridgway Sue has a surprising suggestion for Leta. David calls with input about garlic.

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Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart start off with recommendations for dealing with bindweed.
Georgia calls with a question about thinning pears. Previous caller Anthony calls back to get more info about coddling moths, and also advice about potatoes.
Lulu gives her tips for how to use garlic scapes.

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Our gardening crew, Jill, Lulu & Lance, discuss the prospects for an epic fruit harvest this year. Lance explains how, when (and why) to thin the crop.

Sue calls in a question about an especially fragrant tree-shrub that she encountered.

Max submits an answer to Lance's "carrot bed trivia" question from last week.

More spring tips from gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen, hosted by Jill Spears.

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Host Jill Spears and gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen are joined by special guest Wind Clearwater for a lively discussion of spring gardening topics.

A spell of cool, wet weather has our gardeners dealing with mud as best they can!

Jill, Lance & Lulu discuss a variety of issues, (including the reasons behinds Lulu deciding to shave her cat!)

Rick called with questions about growing potatoes in whiskey barrels.

Discussing weeds, Lulu recommends a book: Weeds of the West  by Tom D. Whitson, Larry C. Burrill, et al.

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The full flush of spring has arrived and our gardening gurus are in the thick of it! Host Jill Spears and experts Lulu Volckhausen and Lance Swigart have a wide-ranging discussion.

Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen chat about spring in the garden.

Suze Smith

Host Jill Spears chats with gardeners Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen. Spring is in the air & topics range from grubs & grasshoppers to dandelions, lawn violets & mountain croquet. Callers -  Patty asks about grasshoppers and Larry comments about the usefulness of "naked" ground.

Our regular host Jill Spears is back from her election hiatus, and gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen join her for the Spring Pledge Drive Edition of As the Worm Turns.

Zephyros Farm and Garden

Guest host Peggy Soup welcomes Daphne Yannakakis of Zephyros Farm & Garden to the studio for a lively chat about spring gardening.

Suze Smith

Host Peggy Soup welcomes gardener & landscaper Wind Clearwater to the Bamboo Room, for a discussion about biodynamics and permaculture. They take questions & comments about bindweed & bonsai.

Guest host Peggy Soup welcomes Lloyd Nelson to the program to talk about biodynamics.

Biodynamic calendars mentioned in the program:
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Stella Natura

 

Guest Host Peggy Soup & Gardening Guru Lance Swigart  discuss compost, signs of early spring and other seasonal gardening subjects.

Guest host Peggy Soup & gardening guru Lance Swigart chat about composting.

Guest host Peggy Soup chats with gardening guru Lance Swigart and special guest Ron Godin, Area Extension Agent with CSU Extension. The subject is soil fertility.

Ron can be reached for more information here.

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