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Latest update on my poor drought ridden cocoa sapling and avocado tree.

Wonders of wonders, they have both burst into life after a couple of cooler weeks and some good showers of rain, so the decision to leave them alone was the right one. 

In the meantime, whilst many mango trees are in full bloom, many have set fruit and it looks like it will be a bumper crop!

I'll add some more pics on my blog at http://vonniethehappyhippy.blogspot.com/

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Comment by Jen Garrison on March 8, 2012 at 1:09am

So jealous!  We'll be lucky to get a few wormy apples and you've got mangoes!

Comment by Yvonne on March 8, 2012 at 7:49am

Hahaha Jen! Trust me you have lots of lovely fruit that I miss like raspberries, peaches etc.  I guess we all have to make the most of what we DO have and enjoy the rare treats when they come our way  (I guess scarcity = special).

: ))   

Comment by Caroline Malcolm on March 8, 2012 at 12:27pm

Where are you located?! I'd love to have these gems in my backyard. Are mango trees hard to care for?

Comment by Yvonne on March 8, 2012 at 12:39pm

Hi Caroline, I live in St Lucia in the southern Caribbean, so not sure which Zones in the US would be right for mango growing.  Funnily enough, I just took a short drive about 2 miles and counted so many wild, self-seeded mango trees along the roadside, many of them 40 -50 ft tall (though I do have some dwarf grafted trees) and all heavily loaded with fruit, so I guess the answer is, if the conditions are right they will thrive.  (and of course these wild trees are not treated or sprayed in anyway, so by default are organic?). 

I will do some research and let you know if I turn up  anything interesting.

Comment by Caroline Malcolm on March 8, 2012 at 12:43pm

Thanks, Yvonne. How amazing is it to live in St. Lucia?! Sun, sea, an abundance of mangoes?! Sounds like paradise. Would love to see more photos of your plants, too!

I do feel guilty sometimes for eating mangoes in Boston. I did try to keep a banana tree once. FAILURE!

Comment by Yvonne on March 8, 2012 at 12:50pm

Oh dear! At least you tried : ) You can see many photos of plants, the garden etc., on my personal blog at:


in the meantime - perhaps this link will work as a small sample from my Happy Hippy Facebook page


I just saw a once wonderful  story about the Grenada Chocolate company who are taking a shipment of chocolate grown in Grenada to NY, entirely under wind power on the most beautiful sailing vessel.  

Comment by Caroline Malcolm on March 8, 2012 at 12:51pm

Thank you! A nice (photo) reprieve from the New England winter...gotta get myself to the Caribbean! 

Comment by Yvonne on March 8, 2012 at 12:54pm

Perhaps when I finally get the real garden set up I can organise "field trips" for northern gardeners seeking a chance to potter around in the warm sunshine with some different plants (and learning to cook them).....now there's an idea : ) 

Comment by Caroline Malcolm on March 8, 2012 at 12:59pm

Yes! Sign me up :)


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