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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2329
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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 plants a young Leyland cypress. He stakes it and wraps it in burlap to prevent damage from snow, wind and ice during its first winter. Harsh winter winds would strip it of much-needed moisture.

Roger attends to late-fall chores in the garden. He plants six fat chicory roots in a plastic container filled with a mix of peat moss and sand, waters it, covers it with another pot, tapes the holes shut, and brings it indoors to room temperature. In about three weeks, he will have forced wonderful, creamy white Belgium endive.

Roger discusses ways to winter tender fig trees 'Violette De Bordeaux' and 'Desert King.' The potted fig tree will be stored in the greenhouse for the winter. He also experiments by insulating another with fallen leaves that are held in place with a large, wire cylinder and plastic. Next spring, we'll see if this has worked.

He also screens the compost by shoveling it against a strong mesh hardware cloth. The screened compost ("black gold!") will be brought indoors for a winter supply.

He cuts back spent asparagus 'Jersey Knight,' lops back the stems of iron weed, pulls out the invasive knot weed (doesn't add it to the compost heap), and pulls up an overgrown rambling rose bush.

Bob Smaus is in Castroville, California, with Tony Leonardini who produces artichokes ('Green Globe' is highlighted).



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