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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2211
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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 under the pergola at the suburban garden displaying a hanging Bacopa 'Mauve Mist' under a fully blossomed white wisteria cv. relict.

Roger Cook plants a late-blooming lilac tree, syringa 'Peticulata Japonica' that is quite fragrant. He also erects a "fence" of rabbit wire & California privet bushes, Ligustrom 'ovalifolium.' He and Roger Swain fertilize the new bushes with a 10-10-10 fertilizer and plant the hydrated roots in double rows, 14" apart. They cut back the height of the bushes by half to thicken the hedge.

Lucinda Mays is in Callaway Gardens to plant containers. She displays containers holding Magnolia grandiflora 'little gem,' Leyland cypress tree, hedera helix 'Glacier,' Dawn redwood, and Henry's garnet.

Under the pergola in the shade are delphinium 'magic fountain,' English ivy (varig.), trailing St. Augustine grass, tea olive, and hedera helix 'gold dust.'

Her recipe for container plantings (she pots a spirea 'gold flame' with St. Augustine grass & some red lettuces):

Start with pottery shards or gravel for good drainage. Mix commercial potting soil with sifted compost, granite sand, lime pellets and slow-release fertilizer. Loosen root ball by slicing first and gently pulling apart. The plant should sit a couple of inches below the top of the pot.

Back at the suburban garden, Roger Swain plants eggplants 'Oriental Express' and 'Black Magic.'

He clips lettuces, Osaka purple mustard, Biondissma trieste chickory, Cutting Mix and Broad Leaf Cress for Chef Marian's recipe.

Marian prepares a mesclun salad with fresh herbs:

Wash & spin dry 10 cups of mesclun. Add 1/2 cup parsley, 3 tb. dill, 3 tb. tarragon, 5 - 6 basil leaves, 3 tb. mint.

Dressing: 1.5 tb. wine vinegar with 5 tb. extra virgin olive oil. Freshly ground salt & pepper.

Top with: 8 oz. marinated mushrooms (marinated in lemon juice, olive oil & fresh thyme).

Roger displays rows of healthy peas:

'Improved Laxton's Progress' - no staking 'Alderman' - staked

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