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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2031
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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 winter and Roger Swain and Roger Cook are planting their "living Christmas tree" (an Abies fraseri fraser fir). The start by peeling back the plastic ground cover and lift out the old leaves to open the pre-dug hole. They take loom that has been stored in the garage and plant the tree, about 1 to 2" above grade. They cut the strings around the root ball and peel back the biodegradable burlap. After the tree is in the ground, they stake it for the winter. It will require about 10 gallons of water each month. They protect it with a double layer of mulch (6 to 8" deep) that will be thinned out in the spring.

Marian visits Florence, Italy, at olive harvesting time. She tours the hills of Castello de Nipossana. K. Don Gifford, President of Oldways Preservation and Exchange Trust talks about the importance of the Mediterranean diet, specifically the benefits of olive oil. She tours another olive grove in Tuscany with Allesandro Vallecchi, an olive agriculturalist. They highlight the olive "Frantoio" (a favorite green olive). They drive to Villa Camperiti to see how olives are pressed into oil.

She also visits Tavarnelle Val de Pesa at the Carapelli Bottling Plant where Monica Crini, Manager of Exports, explains their larger, more vast production of olive oil.

Marian visits with chef Lorenza di Medici who makes a simple, but favorite Bread Salad:

Place day old country-type bread in bowl of water to soak for a few moments; squeeze water from bread and drop moist pieces onto a serving plate along with 2 chopped fresh tomatoes and chopped fresh red onion; drizzle a fine, fruity virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar over ingredients; top with salt, pepper, chopped chives and fresh parsley or basil. Lorenza suggests to use whatever herbs are available fresh that day.

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Chicago: “Victory Garden; Victory Garden 2031,” 11/23/1995, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 18, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_22C22FE3C37944CC9498E581CB94BB53.
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