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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2201
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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 the new season at the suburban garden. He is planting colorful pansies ("rally light blue") in window boxes, adding a much-needed burst of color to an early spring landscape. He spaces them 4 - 5" inches apart.

A new and major landscape project begins at the suburban garden with landscape architect Tom Wirth. He's opened up the island bed of old New England lilacs and other plants to create some bold design changes. A stone retaining wall and lawn grading by Roger Cook will help create a larger lawn area and improving the views.

Roger Swain turns over the winter rye which will decompose and nurture the soil within a couple of weeks.

Bob Smaus is in Tucson, Arizona, visiting with landscape contractor J.D. Di Meglio to talk about gardening in the desert. J.D. uses a drip irrigation system, spray heads, as well as "water harvesting" to aid in desert watering. Highlighted plants:

Lantana montevidensis (lavendar) along a pink stucco wall Echinocactus triglochidatus (red hedgehog cactus) Phacelia campanularia mojave blubells Baileya multiradiata desert marigold (yellow flowered) Ferocactus grusonii golden barrel cactus Cotyledon africanis "dead man's fingers" Lathyrus odoratus sweet peas Potted petunia (blush cascade) Potted godetia (grace mixed) Olea europaea "missioni" olive tree (prohibited in southwest due to it's pollen) Nasturtium officinale watercress Bougainvillea sp. (orange) Cereus peruvianus "monstrosus" underplanted with rosemary

Vegetable garden: A bed of mixed lettuces protected with chicken wire Italian heirloom fava beans Helianthus annus sunflower (to attract beneficial insects) A "vegetorium" house constructed of solid steel and netting to protect the following vegetables from birds: Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, sugar snap peas, cabbages, grapes, strawberries, asparagus.

His best desert gardening advice is to "start small and don't skimp on hardscape, soil preparation and irrigation systems."

Back at the suburban garden Roger Swain and Roger Cook are saving a dwarf cypress, Chamaecyparis obtusa "nana," from the renovated garden area. They use a nursery spade to cut sharply through roots about 12" around the small shrub. After it is carefully lifted, the root ball is wrapped in burlap for protection. It will be stored in a pile of woodchips until transplanted.

Other successful transplanted specimens:

Magnolia x loebneri "Leonard Messel" Morus alba chapparal white mulberry Weeping dwarf hemlock "tsuga canadensis pendula"

Roger Cook demonstrates that a "juniperus squamata blue carpet" is not a good speciman for transplanting due to it's creeping, shallow rooting habits. A new healthy speciman can be purchased at a small cost.

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