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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2215
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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 "victory pond" in the suburban garden where the water lilies 'Virginalis' and 'James Brydon' are in bloom. He tells us that vegetation should cover no more than one-third of the pond. He prunes the flowering rush, arrowhead and cat tails by simply pulling them up by their roots.

A new flower bed is screened with privet hedges. Until the beds are ready to be planted, clover seed is spread, trifolium pratense 'mammoth.' Like winter rye, it will be turned over into the bed to nourish the soil with organic matter.

Bob Smaus is at a private ocean-side garden in La Jolla, California, with owner Phyllis Tyson. Together they highlight:

Aloe vaombe Pachypodium lamerei Kalanchoe marmorata penwiper (in outdoor pot) Aloe bainesii tree (Dr. Seuss favorite) Alluaudia procera Didierea madagascariensis Euphorbia dendroides Euphorbia milii 'crown of thorns' Aloe capitata Adenium obesum (potted indoors); aka 'desert star' Aloe bhurii Aloe plicatilis 'fan aloe' Aloe taurii (rusty red) Veltheimia sp Aloe dichotoma (tree; yellow flowers in January) Aloe emenens Aloe vera

Roger Swain covers a planting of spring lettuce with shade cloth. It will shade 40 percent of the sunlight, protecting the lettuce from further wilting.

Roger plants dill seeds, 'bouquet.' He harvests cauliflower 'cashmere' for Marians' recipe.

Marian prepares cauliflower with bread crumbs:

6 cups cauliflower flowerettes browned in 2 tbs. olive oil; add 1/4 c. water and cover to steam for about 8 minutes or until tender.

In another saute pan: 3 tb. olive oil and 3 tb. butter; add 1 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs and cook until toasted (about 5 minutes). Add grated rinds of two lemons, 3 tb. capers, 1/3 cup parsley (chopped). Mix and serve.

Roger closes next to a fully blossomed Cornus kousa (tree). It bears white upward blossoms and is disease resistant.

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