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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2311
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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 near Lake Victory to demonstrate how to plant a "swamp pot." He lines a large terra cotta pot with two layers of black plastic to retain moisture and water. He fills the pot with gravel and then fits with the following potted plants:

dwarf umbrella palm cyperus alternifolius 'Gracilis'

cyperus isocladus dwarf papyrus

spider lily hymenocallis caribaea 'variegata'

alucasia amazonica 'Hilo Beauty'

colocasia affinis 'Jenningsii'

canna 'Longwood'

ludwigia repens primrose creeper

In the vegetable garden, he backfills leeks, 'King Richard' while adding a slow release fertilizer. He plants cucumbers 'Tamra,' a thin-skinned cucumber. He covers them with row cover to keep the striped cucumber beetle at bay. When the cucumbers flower, the cover will be removed. (The row cover allows sunlight, air and water to penetrate.)

Lucinda Mays is in Pine Mountain, Georgia, showcasing muscadine grape vines 'Jumbo' and 'Supreme.' She notes that two varieties are important to plant for good pollination. She plants 'Scarlet' near the new trellis.

Lucinda visits with proprietor Ralph Skinner of "The Crossroads" antique store. She also visits with blacksmith Marvin Gardner who is making her a trellis. She plans to plant a moon vine at the new trellis.

Roger Swain is back at the suburban garden discussing this year's problems with the apple trees. A long, consistent period of rain has depleted the pollination of bees, so the fruits are few. Also, a nearby juniper has spread along a rusty spore disease to 'Novamac', 'Mutsu' and 'Liberty.' Early next spring, the trees will have to be sprayed to stop the spreading.

Roger harvests broccoli 'Paragon' for Chef Marian's next recipe:

Roger Swain closes in the vegetable garden showcasing a variety of wonderful lettuces.

AH 6/98



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