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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2212
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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

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Roger Swain opens in the suburban garden displaying full blooms of peonies, 'Susie Q' and 'Barrington Belle.' He tells us that peonies live for up to 50 years or more and that common ants are beneficial to them (scaring other bugs away).

Horticulturist Tovah Martin joins Roger to display some wonderful potted plants. Together, they plant an urn with coleus 'Rambling Red' and 'Sun Lover;' verbena; petunia 'Purple Sunspot;' and 'Rubiginosa.' The urn is filled first with wood chips for drainage (which is lighter than gravel for such a heavy pot), and soil-less mix, compost, peat moss, pearlite and sand. In the "old-fashioned cottage" pot, Tovah has used salvia 'wine series,' sweet alyssum 'Easter Basket,' lobelia 'Lilac Regatta,' and 'Poor Man's Orchid.'

Other plants used in pots are:

Fuchsia 'Mrs. J.P. Fredrick' Abutilon 'Linda Vista Peach' (flowering maple) Assorted coleus Sweet potato 'Margarita' & 'Blackie' Varig. flowering maple Nasturtium Artemisia Viola 'Hederacea' (Tasmanian, non-stop blooming) Salvia Perennials: hostas, lady's mantle and lady's fern ornamental grasses

Bob Smaus is in Santa Monica, California, touring a drought-resistant garden (front yard) designed by Suzanne Jett. Highlights:

Ficus microparpa Rhaphiolepsis indica Kalanchoe beharensis 'felt plant' Night-blooming cereus Ruselia equisetiformis Phurmium 'Guardsman' & 'Jack Spratt' Leucospermum cordifolium Euphorbia characins wolfenii Echium candieans 'pride of madeira'

Back in the suburban garden, Roger strolls about caged tomatoes 'Fourth of July.' He suggests a three-step program to protect the lower leaves from diseases:

1. Clean up plant area in fall. 2. Mulch tomatoes well. 3. Good ventilation and a drip hose watering system.

He plants basil 'Mammoth."

Chef Marian cooks pasta with beans and pesto:

In a food processor, combine 2 tsp. minced garlic, 2 tbs. pine nuts, 1/3 c. parmesan cheese. Add 4 cups fresh basil and in a slow stream, add 1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil.

To 3/4 lb. cooked pasta, add 3/4 lb. cooked pole beans and toss with pesto.

Roger closes highlighting a beautiful combination of climbing hydrangea and spirea 'snow mound.'

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