I was fortunate enough to take a trip to St. Lucia in February, 2003 with my dear wife, Lisa. We were amazed by the banana farms all along the way to the hotel. They were to St. Lucia as corn is to Iowa. I enjoyed the trip of course, but the tree life is what stayed with me.
Last summer my neighbor Justin, who has a green thumb, shared a small bud from his banana tree. "She had babies," he said. I was thrilled since I had been eyeing his tree for the last two summers. It was easy in August when the hose and bright sun were plentiful. Then, as is always the case summer was gone. I was worried about how I would keep this little tree alive all winter long. Well with 15 drops of Miracle Grow per quart of warm water every other day, she has done better than OK. She's huge!
I think a little faith and consistent care allow us to create things not of the natural world. Being human allows us some ability to thwart natures course. After this summer I do not know if she will fit into the house again. I might have to donate her to the rain forest at The Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo, where many people can enjoy seeing a tree native to the Caribbean.
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