As the Worm Turns

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

“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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Suze Smith

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

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

Suze Smith

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

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

Our regular participants are joined by permaculture expert Wind Clearwater.

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

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Suze Smith

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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Suze Smith

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

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

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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.

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

Suze Smith

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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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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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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KVNF host Donna Littlefield chats with gardener Lance Swigart about early spring garden chores.

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Monday, March 10th

KVNF host Donna Littlefield speaks with our regular gardening guru, Lance Swigart, about planting spring garlic & other early spring tasks.

Zephyros Farm & Garden

Monday, March 3rd

KVNF Host Patrick Webb chats with Daphne Yannakakis of Zephyros Farm & Garden about spring chores.

Zephyros Farm & Garden

Monday, Feb. 24th

Our regular worm-turner, Lance Swigart, is away this week, so host Donna Littlefield is chatting with special guests Don Lareau & Daphne Yannakakis of Zephyros Farm & Garden, a small, diversified family farm on 35 acres just outside of Paonia.

As the Worm Turns, Monday, 2/17/14

Host Patrick Webb  is joined by gardener Lance Swigart & his special guest, Aaron Heideman, for more conversation about permaculture.

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Suze Smith

Monday, Feb. 10th, 2014

Guest host Steve Hoffman is joined by gardener Lance Swigart & his special guest, Aaron Heideman, for a conversation about permaculture.

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Biodynamic Composting

Free Range Radio host Patrick Webb chats with gardeners Lance Swigert & Pat Frazier.

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Suze Smith

As the Worm Turns, Monday, Jan. 27th, 2014

Free Range Radio host Donna Littlefield chats with gardener Lance Swigert & special guest Pat Frazier about biodynamics.

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Suze Smith

As the Worm Turns episode aired Monday, Jan. 20, 2014

As the Worm Turns episode aired Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

Suze Smith

As the Worm Turns aired Monday, Jan. 6th, 2014

Listen to all the invaluable tips from local gardener, Lance Swigart, from the 2013 growing season. 

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