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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2202
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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 amidst a thick blanket of heavy, wet, late-spring snow that has damaged many plantings at the suburban garden. He and Roger Cook inspect a cracked limb on a Japanese Maple. Roger Cook recommends mending it with brass screws along with a sealing wax. The yews have survived, as well as a Bradford pear tree-- aggressive pruning has paid off. The Colorado blue spruce has been completely uprooted in the storm. Once the snow has melted, it will be pulled up, staked, and re-planted.

Bob Smaus is in Mission San Juan Capistrano, California, where the swallows, like clockwork, faithfully return on March 19th of every year. However, this year a restoration is taking place and the swallows have instead returned to the local mall. Imported lady bugs (a favorite meal), artificial nests and extra mud are being used to lure them back to the mission.

In Capistrano Beach, we tour the fabulous gardens and home of Carol McElwee. Her gardens consist of many "rooms" that each possess a sense of whimsy, order, spaciousness and enclosure at the same time. Highlighted plants are:

Dudonea viscosa hedge Prunus lyonii catalina cherry tree ( Calif. native) Raphiolepsis sp. (low hedge) Ribes speciosum (delicate flowers) Westringia sp. Heliotropium arboresens (purple flower) Crassula argentea jade plant (hedge) Schinus molle Calif. pepper tree

Roger Swain is back in the greenhouse potting up dahlias, "Drummer Boy," a very dramatic flower. In the fall, after dahlias have turned black from frost, he cuts the stems back, digs up the tubers, and washes them thoroughly. To store for the winter, Roger takes the freshly washed tubers and bundles them in layers of newspaper. He then places them in a tightly covered cardboard box. The box is stored at 40 to 50 degrees all winter long. This procedure keeps the tubers just damp enough, without any rotting. (He uses a soil-less mix when repotting in spring.)

He also pots a bare root rose, "All American Selection." The roots have been hydrating in a bucket of water for about 2 hours. He prunes broken roots and stems and spreading the roots, he pots with a mixture of:

1 part bark chips 1 part sifted compost 1 part peat moss half part sand

Be sure that there are no voids in the soil. The rose will do fine in a pot until it's ready to be re-planted outdoors after danger of frost has passed.

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