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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2203
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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 with an early spring display of Dutch crocus hybrids that naturalize beautifully and come in a wide variety of colors.

Roger Cook begins phase two of the landscape renovation with a back hoe, making sure that the site is level.

In the vegetable garden, Roger plants:

Broccoli "Paragon" Cauliflower "Orange Blossom" Cabbage "Red Express," and "Dynamo"

To avoid a soil-born fungus (club root), a safe technique has been used to protect the bed. It is called "solarization" and by jacketing the bed with clear plastic, the soil has been pasteurized by the heat of the sun (about 125 degrees). To this already pasteurized bed, Roger adds lime and fertilizer. He soaks his spade fork in a bleach/water solution to rid it of any fungus as well. Plants are 18" apart and watered with a transplant solution, containing extra phosphorus.

Roger displays a ranunculus asiaticus "tecolote mixed" plant, favored among gardeners and florists (cut flowers stay fresh for 7 - 10 days).

Bob Smaus visits Carlsbad, California, with flower grower Dan Davids, to see acres and acres of this plant. Ranunculus come in a wide range of colors (look for a purple one due on the market in a couple of years).

Roger Swain is in front of the house at the suburban garden preparing the soil for low-maintenance perennials. He sweetens the soil with lime and adds a good amount of composted leaf mulch (available through the town). He uses wood chips for the "gardener's" path.

In closing, Roger shears the puschkinia libanotica lebanon squill. He removes everything but the smallest of stems.

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