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Plants

Bird of Paradise

A South Africa native closely related to the banana, Bird of Paradise produces spikey orange and purple blossoms throughout the year. During the summer it should be watered often, while in the winter the soil should be allowed to dry out between waterings. Fertilization is essential to making it bloom. Organic fertilizers (such as sewage sludge, manure, or blood meal), granular landscape fertilizers, or controlled-release materials such as Osmocote® or Nutricote® can be used. Spread fertilizer around plants every three months during the growing season according to the label directions. Dead leaves and old flower stalks should be removed to increase the aesthetic quality of the plant and to reduce the chance of fungal organisms building up on the dead tissue. (Source: University of Florida Environmental Agriculture Department).

Care
  • Fertilize (3x per year) - The rooftop Bird of Paradise was most recently given organic plant food mixed with compost on 15 Sept 2007.

Meyer Lemon Tree

Lemon trees should be thoroughly watered about twice a week, and allowed to dry out between waterings (Source: UCB Botanical Garden Forums). Prune annually, removing up to a third of the new growth (Source: eHow.com). Use a fertilizer intended for citrus, usually with a high nitrogen content. The plant's container holds about 80 gallons of soil, or about 11 cubic feet.

Expect fruit during the winter months. Three lemons are enough to make a batch of lemon bars.

Care
  • Fertilize (3x per year) - The Meyer lemon tree was last given citrus fertilizer on 22 August 2010.

Supplies

Gardening supplies are kept in or near the white cabinet under the stairs and include

  • Hose on reel.
  • Rusty trowels.
  • About a dozen tarps.
  • Bucket
  • Watering Can
  • Pruning Shears