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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.

Jeff Reynolds

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.

What's Up On Redlands Mesa? Farm, Garden & Artists' Studio Tour

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.)

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

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.

Host Jill Spears & gardening experts Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart discuss harvest time issues. Amber calls with a question about broccoli. Lance points out the downsides of consuming "baby greens."  New compost piles are underway.

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Suze Smith

Harvest time! Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart discuss harvest-time tips (while gnoshing on fresh-picked grapes & raspberries!)

Host Jill Spears is joined by regular gardening gurus Lance Swigart and Lulu Volckhausen, and special guest Jere Lowe of Earth Friendly Supply Co. in Paonia, for a discussion about the ins & outs of growing cannabis for personal consumption.

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Suze Smith

Harvest time!

This episode is all about the end result of a season's work - harvesting the fruits of our labors! Lance reveals his tips for picking melons at exactly the right time. Lulu relates how her squash & pumpkin vines are completely taking over her yard. We also get tips for how to safely trap & release a pesky skunk!

Another episode of our weekly gardening chatfest, with host Jill Spears and gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen and Lance Swigart.

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Suze Smith

Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen chat about current conditions in the garden & take calls from Redlands Mesa, Montrose & even Monticello, Utah.

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.

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)

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

Julia Kumari Drapkin

Bark beetles flourish with dry warm weather, which makes 2012 the perfect year for them to take advantage of weakened pine trees. But this year's record setting warm dry weather made for a surprise bumper crop among fruit tree farmers in the North Fork Valley. For iSeeChange and KVNF, Julia Kumari Drapkin takes a look at what changes in this year's growing season boosted the bumper.

Produced by Julia Kumari Drapkin, the iSeeChange project at KVNF is part of Localore, a nationwide production of AIR designed to accelerate transformation and extend public service media to all Americans.   KVNF was selected as one of  only 10 Localore stations across the country—learn more at airmediaworks.org. Localore is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Wyncote Foundation, the John T. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Interactive storytelling partner Zeega co-produced TheAlmanac.org with iSeeChange.