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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2131
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Gardening program hosted by Jim Wilson and joined by Bob Smaus, Roger Swain, Lucinda Mays and Peter Seabrook as international travel correspondent. Series chef is Marion Morash. Special correspondent is Holly Shimizu. The Boston-based Victory Garden (w/ Roger Swain) is located at a private residence; Victory Garden South is at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia; Victory Garden West is at Roger's Garden Center in Corona del Mar, California. Original program: Crockett's Victory Garden - premiered April 6, 1976. Hosted by Jim Crockett. Second host Bob Thomson (for 12 years till 1991). Series release date: 1976

Program Description

It's early spring at the suburban greenhouse and Roger Swain is starting a variety of tomato seeds. To recycle plastic pots, they should first be soaked in 1 part bleach to 9 parts water to sterilize. To make your own flats, use an empty 1/2 gallon juice container, cut into half and poke a hole at the bottom for good drainage. Fill with a soil-less mixture to about 1/2" below the surface. Scatter seeds at the surface and cover with 1/4" of mixture (about 4 times the diameter of the seed). Gently press down and water from the bottom. At about 80 degrees, the seeds will germinate in a few days.

Peter Seabrook invites viewers into his home garden--it's the first time that TV cameras are allowed into his garden at the County of Essex. As he enlarges his garden, he suggests inverting turf to aid in fertilization of the soil. He displays:

Red chicory "Robin" Pea "Daybreak" Shallots "Pikant" and "Atlantic" Onions "Turbo" Potato "Rocket" Asparagus "Lucullus" Rosmarinus "Miss Jessup" rosemary Salvia sage Magnolia x soulangiana chinese magnolia (he uses a young shoot on the tree and buries it, topping it with a brick to create a new plant) Daffodils "Ice Follies" & "King Alfred" Crocosmia Eranthis winter aconite Fagus sylvatica european beech (hedge on wall) Choisya ternata "Sundance" Heather "W.T. Ratcliff" Erica x darleyensis "J.W. Porter"

In Carefree, Arizona, Bob Smaus tours The Boulders. Along with horticulturist Dave Hutchinson, they highlight the following desert plants: Cercidium floridum palo verde tree Carnegiea gigantea saguaro cactus Ambrosia deltoidea bur sage Echinocereus engelmannii hedgehog cactus Cercidium microphyllum foothill palo verde Opuntia prickly pear Optunia spinosior staghorn cholla Fouguieria splendens ocotillo Baileya multiradiata desert marigold (yellow wildflower) Acacia stenophylla shoestring acacia Cassia artemisiodes feathery cassia (yellow flowers)

Marian Morash joins Executive Chef of The Boulders, Chuck Wiley, to talk about southwestern cuisine.

Back at the suburban garden, Roger displays plant-of-the-week: Acer griseum paperbark maple tree with it's attractive bark during winter and early spring.

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Chicago: “Victory Garden; Victory Garden 2131,” 02/25/1997, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 17, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_19B6D32ED33348D28B20B89067606447.
MLA: “Victory Garden; Victory Garden 2131.” 02/25/1997. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 17, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_19B6D32ED33348D28B20B89067606447>.
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