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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2314
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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 with horticulturist, Peter Sadeck. Together they discuss and display the art of potted topiaries. Some of the featured plants in this form are sweet myrtle, Australian rosemary, bay leaf, coleus and rosemary.

They demonstrate how to create a topiary with a coleus. Along the straight, main stem, cut away side shoots up to desired height. Place stake at the stem and tie with raffia. Continue to pinch back top as it grows in order to create sphere. Peter Sadeck recommends potting with a mix of peat moss, garden loam and composted cow manure, with a base of gravel for good drainage.

Lucinda Mays is in Atlanta, Georgia, with Jack and Russell Huber at their private gardens. Highlights: water features, bamboo hedges, hydrangeas, and a garden shed.

Roger Swain is in the vegetable garden displaying garlic 'White Seedless,' 'Siberian,' 'Zemo,' and 'Georgia Fire.' He tells us to cut the top seed stocks, forcing more energy into the garlic bulbs below. The bulbs will be ready to harvest when the leaves die back.

In the carrot patch, he displays rows of carrots. He top-dresses the corn patch with fertilizer. The beans 'Tema' are doing well with a mulching of grass clippings. He harvests fennel 'Rudy' (bolt-resistant) for Chef Marian's next recipe:

Fennel Salad:

5 - 6 cups thinly sliced fennel 1/4 c. fresh chopped chives 3 TB chopped fennel leaves 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice 1/4 c. virgin olive oil salt & pepper

Cover, chill and serve.

Roger Swain closes with plant-of-the-week hydrangea 'Annabelle,' with lacey, white blossoms one foot across.



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