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The Fig Tree and the Raspberry Bush

Jesus told about an unproductive fig tree:

…he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’

“‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.'”  (Luke 13:7-9)

Well, here’s one of our raspberry bushes which has produced very little fruit for several years.  We gave it an extra year, and now it’s being pulled up.

It was a good and necessary gardening decision. However, I’m very thankful that God is patient with us and continues to give us time.

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  1. Jenn says:

    Sorry that your raspberry dreams did not come true! I’ve always wanted blueberry bushes. I see them grow wild up at “our” lake and think they must be easy to grow, but know better! 🙂

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Yes, I think blueberry bushes are hard to grow unless you have the correct soil pH. Then they are very easy to grow. It’s worth a soil test.

      Our spring raspberry dreams did not come true, but our fall raspberries are wonderful. So we do have raspberries after all…and now we’ll have an extra few beds for other plants next year as well.

  2. JoAnn says:

    Sorry it quit producing, but like you I’m glad the Lord doesn’t do that with us. 🙂

  3. briana says:

    Well, now you will have room to try another plant. Don’t you love to see God’s word around you when you are working in the garden? Love this post!

  4. Annie Kate says:

    Yes, I’m thinking of trying garlic there. 🙂

    Seeing God’s Word all around is one of the top benefits of gardening.

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