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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2303
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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 among flowering displays of chionodoxa luciliae 'gigantea' and winter hazel.

He talks about growing asparagus, a perennial, on the outskirts of the garden. He gives it an annual top-dressing of lime and fertilizer. A sheet of black plastic is used to cover the asparagus in order to produce a white version of asparagus.

Roger discusses cold frames, a good place to harden off seedlings. A double polycarbonate plastic is used on the frame he displays.

He plants cabbages 'Red Express', 'Salarite' and 'Dynamo.' Roger also "feeds" the soil with organic matter, compost, leaf mulch and composted cow manure.

Bob Smaus is in Sonoma, California, visiting with organic gardener Bob Cannard. A biologically active "tea" is used to water the organic crops, where no weeding takes place. Weeds support the soil and when they become invasive, he suppresses them by using a sickle. He talks about the natural balance between plants, weeds, soil and "pests."

Roger Swain brings a mandevilla 'Alice du Pont' out of dormancy.

In the cottage garden, he displays plant-of-the-week, tulipa pulchell 'violacea', with its small red flowers.



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