Back to nature from the gec-ko
Paradise isn’t just for you and me. Nature
abounds and shows up in the least expected places. Geckos and
lizards not only sun on stones and scurry away on paths and trails
but become houseguests hiding between shower curtains and spending
evenings watching silently from the rafters. You really need to
learn to be a good sharer.
In the garden I’ve had to deal with fire ants, white flies,
aphids and cabbageworms as pesky as little insurgents and I’ve
become my own little “Chemical Ali” following Franklyn’s
natural remedies. (see page…) I’ll share, but enough
Then there is the nightly ritual of mosquito repelling with spray,
lemon basil or vitamins. Anti-ant warfare is achieved with ground
cinnamon. You’ll also have to learn to keep many of your
dry goods in the freezer. Flour, pasta, biscuits and cookies become
New Yorkers know about roaches, but one night early in my tenure
I was freaked out by the size of the one that showed up in my
living room. I caught it in a paper towel and told my horror story
to one of the guys at work, he said, “ That’s just
a water bug.” Although I’ve seen them very rarely
since, I now just shoo the mout the door. They don’t travel
in packs like the Manhattan variety.
Being from the Indiana outback I grew up accustomed to the sounds
of the night and I love having them back in my life. Dogs barking,
cats mating, roosters crowing and crickets fiddling throughout
the night are welcome evening music that now just sings me to
sleep. That's much better than the subway rattling below my 42nd
street apartment or the all night sirens screaming up 10th avenue.
Birds attack my papayas and get to the guavas before I do, but
the white egrets also do their long legged dance in my backyard
and little finches eat sugar from a bowl on my terrace. I’ll
take the tradeoffs any day.
Fruit rats and bats can be pests if you have an orchard going,
but pick your fruit before it is fully ripe, move it inside, and
you won’t be bothered much.
Once you’ve accepted that nature was here before you and
appreciate that it is we who are definitely getting the better
end of the deal, you’ll allow yourself to calm down and
get with her rhythms. Let go of your control issues and learn
to go with the flow. Mother Nature is the one you want to be behind
in this Eco Friendly Caribbean Congo line.