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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2320
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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

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Roger Swain opens at a glorious patch of thriving cole crops. He showcases cauliflower 'violet queen' and broccoli 'Arcadia.'

Landscape contractor, Roger Cook, has cleared the front hillside area at the suburban garden and has added topsoil and compost. He uses a garden hose to lay out the planting area and a path to the driveway. He has selectively pruned the area, leaving highlighted plant specimens and raised the canopy for viewing. He has also put in a natural "staircase" made up from large native fieldstones (he suggests using a 6 - 8" rise). Three tree specimens to be planted: Cornus kousa 'Satomi' (red-flowered and disease-resistant), acer triflorum 'maple' (attractive bark) and magnolia sieboldii (grows well in woodlands; small tree with large white flowers).

Roger Swain goes north to Albion, Maine, to Johnny's Select Seeds, a mail-order seed company. He meets Vegetable Trials Manager, Terri Allan, and they tour lettuces, squashes and highlight swiss chard 'Bright Lights' which has graced this year's catalog cover. It's been awarded an All-America Selections winner.

Roger also meets Rob Johnston, Jr., the owner, founder and plant breeder at Johnny's. He discusses and demonstrates plant hybridization by applying the pollen of a male flower to a female flower. The resulting seeds will be planted, tested and evaluated.

Johnny's Select Seeds Catalog: 207-437-4301

Roger Swain picks tomato 'Prime Time' for Chef Marian's next recipe using fresh tomatoes from the garden. She recommends storing it in the freezer for future use.

Roger Cook has laid down a weed barrier and covered it in wood chips to create a path in the newly cleared wooded area. New plantings include ilex glabra 'Compactor' (holly); fothergilla major; rhododendrons 'Yaku Princess' (pink).

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