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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2208
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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 the suburban garden under a fully blossomed crab apple tree, malus sargentii.

Into a crevice in the new stone wall, Roger lines sphagnum moss topped with garden soil enriched with organic matter. He plants thymus praecox acticus "Albus" that will spread across the stones and release a wonderful scent when stepped upon.

Roger Cook meets with Extension Entomologist Gary Couch who is diagnosing an arborvitae (thuja occidentalis 'emerald') that is browning. Diagnosis: moth infestation. They suggest replacing it.

Roger Swain takes young delphinium ('galahad') using three stakes and string to form a cage. This allows the plants some gentle movement in the breezes.

Lucinda Mays visits the home garden of Ozzie & Jitsuko Johnson. He's created Japanese gardens with:

Cercidiphyllum japonicum katsura tree Stewartia pseudocamellia Japanese umbrella pine Pinus palustris long leaf pine tree with Akebia quinata vine Weeping yaupon (topiary form) Japanese apricot tree Japanese black pine Weeping red maple Tanysho pinus densiflora Phyllostachys nigra "henon" bamboo Styrax obassia Acer palmatum "viridis" (weeping green leaf maple) Schizophragma hydrangeoides Pinus parviflora "glauca" (Japanese white pine) Iris gracilipes (blue) Chinese ground orchid Iris pseudacorus "variegata" Japanese holly Wisteria sinensis (in pot)

Back in the suburban garden Roger Swain plants "german" tomatoes in cages. He harvests radishes "white icicle" and "red beret."

Marian Morash creates a Radish Relish:

30 radishes chopped into chunks in food processor; 24 stuffed green olives into chunks in food processor; 3/4 cup diced celery; 2 TB. fresh lemon juice

Mix and serve.

Roger Swain closes with plant-of-the-week cornus florida "rubra" (pink dogwood). However, he warns us not to plant this fine beauty until a cure has been found for its disease.

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