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Victory Garden 2408

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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2408
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Series Description

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

At the stone wall, Roger displays “rockery” plants: Dianthus, dwarf geraniums, sedum, creeping thyme and phlox. He pots up perennials: lady's mantle, astilbe and hosta. In another pot, he plants various coleus in a soil-less mix. The yellowed lawn is fertilized with slow-release low nitrogen (6-2-0). The nearby blueberry cage keeps the birds from feasting on blueberries throughout the season. Roger adds nitrogen to the blueberries (they like acidic soil) by using 4 oz. of ammonium sulfate (21-0-0) per plant. He also adds 3 oz. of muriate of potash (0-0-60). Afterwards, he mulches the bushes with a mixture of shop dust and wood chips.

Dave Chambers is at Callaway Gardens to display their vegetable gardens (kale, cabbage, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuces, strawberries). He demonstrates how they stake tomatoes using a single-wire system supported by posts. He uses soft jute to “stake” the plants. After two main stems are identified, the suckers are pinched back which will allow for better air circulation and sun light. Crimson clover is planted in the beds; it will add valuable nitrogen when tilled into the soil.

Roger plants cherry tomatoes ‘tumbler' in a whiskey barrel for an early harvest. He thins the beets, turnips and spinach. The mesclun mix is sheared within an inch of the ground. It is a “cut and come again” mix.

Chef Marian makes a wilted spinach and chicken salad (see below).

Near Lake Victory, Roger showcases plant-of-the-week ‘Golden Club' in full bloom.



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