Victory Garden Plan

Program #2901 *Season Premiere*

Premiered Saturday, April 3, 2004

A Victory Garden - Vintage Advice for a Modern Time Victory Gardens (or War Gardens) were created and encouraged during WWI and WWII to reduce the demand on food supplies. Civilians were encouraged to plants their own vegetable gardens, in.

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  1. Mar 23, 2020 Plan your garden space (in-ground, raised beds, containers) accordingly. – Make certain the location is in an area that gets plenty of sun for the crops you choose. – NGB member Gardener’s Supply has an excellent online planning tool (that was not available to victory gardeners back in 1943!).
  2. Victory gardens are trending again due to the Covid 19 virus —Here’s what you need to know to get started on creating your own victory garden. Victory gardens, also called war gardens or food gardens for defense, were vegetable, fruit and herb gardens planted at private residences and public parks in the United States, United Kingdom.

It's time to spice up your garden and heat up your spring with a brand new season of The Victory Garden. Make your garden sizzle by adding a few unusual — but wonderfully edible favorites discovered by Michael Weishan at the Fruit and Spice Park in Homestead, Florida. Introduce these fabulous flavors into your cooking with guest chef Aaron Sanchez of New York's Paladar restaurant — as he shares Latin-American culture and delicious cooking with Michael. Then, join gardening correspondent Erica Glasener at the Fuqua Orchid House in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens to find out the best way to display these exotic beauties. Giving you the basics you need to begin a tranquil butterfly garden this weekend, gardening correspondent Lee May joins us once again from the Callaway Gardens in Georgia, our award-winning Victory Garden South.

Program #2902

Premiered Saturday, April 10, 2004

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Celebrate the Earth with The Victory Garden by creating a garden that works with nature, but uses your design style! To begin this lesson, Michael Weishan heads to Plant Creations Nursery in Homestead Florida to learn a few of plant manager Ken Cook's best bets for native plants. Then, Michael is off to the Tropical Audobon Society in Miami to find out how to encourage wildlife habitats in your own backyard. Bringing these ideas back to The Victory Garden, Michael and gardener Kip Anderson meet with Cheryl Lowe and Bill Cullina from the New England Wildflower Society to design a backyard makeover with environmentally sound techniques — and great style.

Program #2903


Premiered Saturday, April 17, 2004

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Add some romance to your garden by using borders to create intimate private spaces. Looking for inspirational ideas, Michael Weishan visits the breathtaking formal garden rooms at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami. Back at The Victory Garden, Michael and expert John Feerick share a simple technique for installing fences in a weekend. Then, gardening correspondent Paul Epsom trims out the competition and introduces the right tools to make crisp edges on your garden beds and borders. Then, heading south to Miami, Michael meets with guest chef Aaron Sanchez to create a dish from Puerto Rico — Ensalada de Bacalao — and adapts it for brunch.

Program #2904

Premiered Saturday, April 24, 2004

Victory Garden Plan

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Get ready for a transformation! Join Michael Weishan and experts from the New England Wildflower Society to see the amazing results of The Victory Garden ecological-friendly backyard makeover. Also find out how to change a small space in to a delightful outdoor living area with Michael and guest gardener Hank Bruno at the Victory Garden South. Don't forget to refresh the indoors too! Floral designer Ruth Benson Levin shows gardening correspondent Paul Epsom the proper technique for forcing some beautiful, fragrant branches into bloom and then demonstrates how to use them in elegant arrangements.

Program # 2905

Premiered Saturday, May 1, 2004

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Theme: Containers
Contain yourself! This week on The Victory Garden, Michael Weishan welcomes guest designer Lucinda Rooney who shows us that containers are terrific inside as well as outside. Then, down at our 'Victory Garden South' at The Gardens at Callaway in Pine Mountain, Georgia, we learn how to craft a water garden, terrific for deck or patio. Back at the garden, Kip is on hand to share his suggestions for the best vegetables to grow in containers. Finally, Chef Michael Schlow cooks with swiss chard and makes a delicious, simple pasta dish.

Program # 2906

Premiered Saturday, May 8, 2004

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Theme: Getting a jump on spring
The Victory Garden shows how to get a jump-start on spring and have a gorgeous garden this summer! Michael Weishan shares his suggestions for plants that will bring texture to your borders. Then, gardening correspondent Lee May will share some of his best bets for adding texture to your garden with foliage when he visits our 'Victory Garden South' at The Gardens at Callaway in Pine Mountain, Georgia. Back up North, gardener Kip Anderson joins Michael to show how to keep weeds down with a variety of mulch options. Kip then gets into the vegetable garden, where he'll give some tips about supporting growing plants using natural materials. Finally, gardener and chef Ellen Ogden joins Michael in the kitchen to cook up a beautiful dish with spring peas: Red Snapper and Sugar Snap Peas 'En Papillote.'

Program # 2907


Premiered Saturday, May 22, 2004

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Theme: Garden chores
This week, The Victory Garden tackles the everyday chores that keep the garden growing. Michael Weishan will share tips about lilacs, including reviving under-performing shrubs, and lilac care; gardener Kip Anderson will demonstrate how to direct sow seeds into the vegetable garden; garden correspondent Paul Epsom is on hand to help give your back a break when he shares some tools that manage the heavy loads in garden; and finally, Chef Michael Schlow joins Michael to whip up a delicious dish: slow-roasted salmon with 'melted' cabbage.

Program # 2908

Premiered Saturday, May 29, 2004

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Theme: Spring in Holland
What could be better than spring in the Netherlands? Join The Victory Garden as it goes abroad, coming back with the best tips and ideas for viewers at home. From gorgeous private gardens to hands-on lessons from a designer at the world-famous Keukenhof, Holland is filled with passionate gardeners who'll share their secrets for success with you. You won't want to miss it!

Program # 2909

Premiered Saturday, June 5, 2004

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Victory Garden - Plan Design

Get a rare glimpse behind the beautiful facades that line the canals of Amsterdam when we visit two historic homes in the heart of the city and their secret gardens where we learn that formal design can be easily achieved in a small space. Then, it's over to neighboring Belgium, where we learn about some best bets for hedges: plants that lend structure and texture. We'll also visit with a gardener who's beautifully designed garden was created solely for cutting. Ever wonder about where gardeners in other countries shop for their needs? A visit to a garden center in Holland reveals some fun European garden tools. All this and more, as The Victory Garden continues its tour of the Netherlands.

Program # 2910

Premiered Saturday, June 12, 2004

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Need some advice on solving your garden's problems? You'll find it right here on The Victory Garden. We'll visit a garden here in Belgium that's extremely 'space challenged' — and we'll learn how to take advantage of an awkward, narrow layout. Back in the states, we'll see some disease-resistant dogwoods, learn how to best combat invasive plants, and meet an inspired artist who's taken advantage of the worst of the invasives — oriental bittersweet — to create trellises, arbors, and other rustic furniture for the garden.

Program # 2911

Premiered Saturday, June 19, 2004

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Okay urban gardeners, get ready! This time on The Victory Garden, we start our new urban project here in Massachusetts — the renovation of a small 35 x 15 space in the heart of the city that poses some incredible challenges for the gardeners that live there. We'll then take a tour of two tiny city gardens in Belgium for some inspiration. And then it's over to another wonderful city, New Orleans, for some herb recipes with renowned Chef Horst Pfeifer.

Program # 2912

Premiered Saturday, June 26, 2004

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We're livin' for the city this week. We'll cover the next steps at our new urban project here in Dorchester, Massachusetts where there will be plenty to inspire you to get growing. We'll then take a tour of some secret pocket gardens in Boston's Beacon Hill for some great design lessons. We'll show you some best bets for plants that have interesting habits and leaf shapes — a must for any small garden. Then it's off to Maison des Erables outside of Quebec for a delicious recipe with peppers.

Program # 2913

Premiered Saturday, July 3, 2004

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This week on The Victory Garden, Michael Weishan will spend some quality time with our year old perennial border. We'll evaluate what worked, and replace what didn't with some new plants that will reinvigorate this great element of the garden. We'll also visit Callaway Gardens in Georgia for a lesson in building an analemmatic sundial. Early summer is not too late to plant a raised bed in your garden for vegetables and The Victory Garden's own Kip Andersen is on hand to show us how. We'll also get a couple of special visits from cookbook authors Bob and Melinda Blanchard who have delicious tips on easy summer dressings for all of the tender lettuce we're growing and Maya Morales from ZOOM who lends a hand with a gardening primer. Hurray summer!

Program # 2914

Premiered Saturday, July 10, 2004

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This week on The Victory Garden, we're all about outdoor living. We'll finish up (and finally relax in) our urban project garden in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Michael Weishan will explain the solutions to some of the problems our city gardeners faced — including container gardening with annuals, providing fencing for privacy, and selecting the perfect furniture. We'll also visit a garden in the Netherlands where the owner sees her garden as a pure extension of her home. Back at The Victory Garden, gardener and chef Ellen Ecker Ogden author of A Cook's Garden makes a cool summer salad with arugula.

Program # 2915

Premiered Saturday, July 17, 2004

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We're tackling tough plants this week on The Victory Garden! Michael Weishan visits with a plantsman in Vancouver, British Columbia who gets creative with succulents, some of the toughest plants around. Then, we share some of the best bets for plants that can take the heat without too much water. Our gardening correspondent, Paul Epsom, also shows us how to make a tough — but attractive — container for the garden. And just to show we have a softer side, Chef Jasper White visits The Victory Garden's kitchen and cooks up some tender broccoli.

Victory Garden Plans

Program # 2916

Premiered Saturday, July 24, 2004

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This week, on The Victory Garden we'll take a look at watering in its many forms — from making a tabletop fountain, monitoring an in-ground sprinkler installation; and learning the right way to water with hoses. All this and more, coming up, on The Victory Garden!

Program # 2917

Premiered Saturday, September 4, 2004

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Theme: Midwest Makeover
This week The Victory Garden takes on a Midwest makeover! Join us as we travel to Michael Weishan's hometown of Milwaukee and tackle the challenge of bringing curb appeal to a tired front yard. On site, we'll learn about hardscape and lighting, and visit some gardens that inspired the new design... you'll learn some great lessons to apply to your own front yard, no matter where you are in the country.

Program # 2918

Ww2 Victory Garden Plan

Premiered Saturday, September 11, 2004

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Theme: By the sea...
There's no better place to escape the heat of summer than in the cool shade of your garden — and just add water, and you're really made in the shade! Join us this week on The Victory Garden and learn how to create a beautiful, environmentally-friendly water garden from start to finish. From the digging to stone selection to marginal plants, you'll see all the steps needed to add a water feature to your backyard.

Program # 2919

Premiered Saturday, September 18, 2004

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Theme: Made in the shade
Many folks think gardening's all over as fall approaches, but The Victory Garden's gardener Kip Anderson is on hand to tell us why this time is one of the best in the home garden as we tour our own Victory Garden for an overview. Then, guest Sharon Lovejoy joins us for a primer on encouraging wildlife in the garden — her easy weekend projects will help you create habitats for garden-friendly critters. Chefs Jack and Rocco Collucci are on hand to create the perfect marinara from all of those tomatoes you're sure to have on hand this time of year.

Program # 2920

Premiered Saturday, September 25, 2004

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Theme: Fall's approaching
Join The Victory Garden as we take a step back into the past when we visit Wisconsin's Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum and Gardens. Inspired by the Tuscan landscape, this formal Renaissance-style garden sweeps down to Lake Michigan and features a dramatic 'scaletta di aqua' (water stairway), secret gardens, and important restoration and design lessons. Then, we'll get a lesson on using garden antiques in your own home landscape. A visit to the beautiful herb gardens at Boerner Botanical in Milwaukee teaches us about historical uses for herbs, and with chef Jacques Haeringer, author of Two for Tonight, we learn how to create a salmon dish with a fresh herb mayonnaise.