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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2310
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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

Roger Swain opens at the new door yard garden displaying a grand yellow trumpet blossom on the newly planted brugmansia.

Roger replants the mandevilla 'Alice du Pont' that he had pulled up and potted for the winter just before the frost last fall. He adds slow release fertilizer to the soil and tops it with wood chips.

In the vegetable garden, Roger inspects the stump of the orange quince tree that had been lost to disease. He proposes planting a fig tree, ficus carica 'Violette de Bordeaux' or 'Negronne,' in a container.

He showcases a fully blossomed flowering verbena 'Tapien Blue Violet.' For the new, large planter box that sits above the pergola, he plants a combination of verbena (heat tolerant and drought-resistant) and calibrachoa 'Million Bells Cherry Pink' petunia. Both sun-loving plants.

Bob Smaus is in Somis, California, at Jackson & Perkins, with Vice President of Research, Dr. Keith Zary. Together they tour the vast rose varieties, including some new ones. Dr. Zary tells us that they look for rose color, petal substance, thorns, size of the flower, and scent. A fragrant rosa 'Meloday Parfumee' is shown. In the hybridizing greenhouse, Dr. Zary demonstrates the hybridizing technique they use to create new varieties of roses.

Roger Swain is back in the vegetable garden to plant super sweet corn 'Fantasy.' He plants 4 rows, 2' apart. He also plants squash 'Butternut Supreme', being sure to add plenty of organic matter (composted manure) to the soil. He mulches potatoes 'Augsburg Gold' with hay to bury 6 - 8" of the stem. He harvests romaine lettuce 'St. Blaise' for Chef Marian's next recipe:

Roger Swain closes in the suburban garden with plant-of-the week: a sweetly scented, pink rugosa rose 'Therese Bugnet.'



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