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Victory Garden 2412

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Victory Garden
Victory Garden 2412
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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 in Lake Victory where the warm weather has helped encourage glorious water lily and lotus blooms. In the heatwave, he tours the vegetable garden where the cauliflower has benefitted from the solarization process...the garlic and broccoli are also doing well. He top-dresses the leeks with an organic fertilizer as he back-fills. The onions are growing well under a heavy mulch of grass clippings. However, the potatoes look a bit heat-stressed. To cool them, Roger lays down a thick layer (6-8”) of salt marsh hay. In Atlanta, Georgia, Lee May visits with bonsai artist Tony Smith. He displays these artistic “trees in trays” (junipers, elm, beech, privet, myrtle, bouganvillea, azalea). He demonstrates how to create one with a common barberry. The “trunk” is exposed by removing soil and roots (leave 1/3 of its branches/1/3 of its roots, as well as any unwanted growth). He clips upright branches as these take energy away from the side branches. The side branches create a “mature” look to the tree. Back at the suburban garden, Roger hauls an old hollow tree stump to a spot in the garden where it will look like it's been sitting there for years. He uses it as a container to plant a compact hemlock, using organic-rich soil. He closes next to a blooming plant-of-the-week, rosa ‘Sharifa Asma' -- a David Austin rose.



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