So much green!!

The money tree hasn’t bloomed yet, but everything else is starting to! Lots of trees are starting to bloom everywhere and we have a lot of seedlings enjoying the spring time.

We decided to start a number of trees here on our patio so that once we have water up on the property they will be big enough to transplant and hopefully survive.

Thanks to Alejandro’s green thumbs and the donations of some plant-crazy friends our little balcony is nearly full.

Here’s a snapshot of what we have planted so far and what fruits we’ll have to look forward to in 5-10 years!!

  • Toronja (grapefruit) in the coconut shells and milk containers on the left
  • Tamarindo (tamarind) in the milk containers in the back
  • China Lareña (Puerto Rican orange) in the Cranberry juice container

  • China Lareña (Puerto Rican orange) in the styrofoam cooler
  • Rambutan in the large black planter

  • Tamarindo (tamarind)

  • Aguacate (avocado)

  • Aguacate (avocado)

  • Toronja (grapefruit) in the highest container
  • Tamarindo (tamarind) in the front lower container
  • Albahaca (basil) in the rear lower containers

  • Calabaza (pumpkin) in the rear planter
  • Rambutan in the front black planters

  • Calabaza (pumpkin)

In addition to the green growing on our balcony, we have some other green up on the property we’re less than thrilled about..
A few weeks ago we noticed some tunnels dug into the cleared foundation spot on our land, then we saw the culprits happily chilling in our banana trees. The holes are where they lay their eggs, and in the next month or so there are going to be a ton of baby iguanas running around unless we do something about it now.

While they add to the tropical feeling and provide some entertainment seeing iguanas around PR, the last place we want them is on our property. They are an invasive species here in PR and have no predators so they destroy crops, burrow underground, and can even cause car accidents! Puerto Ricans aren’t culturally inclined to eating reptiles so they freely run rampant except on the occasion a dog chooses to play rag doll with them. I feel bad for the iguanas as they were brought here as pets and were either released or escaped. They’ve done a really good job of adapting to their new island home and now they’ve basically taken over. Their populations need to be culled as each female can produce 70 eggs!

There are a few groups around the island that will visit your property, kill them, skin them, and cook them for you - one is nearby in Aguada. This is a good video to see what their services are about:

We’re still exploring our options with the iguana eradication so stay tuned but hopefully we won’t have a bunch of cute baby iguanas running around eating our bananas, mangos, and brand new baby trees!!

The header photo shows Lechosa (Papaya); Carambola (Starfruit); Cúrcuma (Tumeric); and another China (orange)