I’m fulfilling my Bucket List!!! Through a wonderful friend “Juanita”, I learned how to make Tamale’s, Beans & Enchalada Sauce! They are so good. I was especially excited about the sauce! I would’nt have thought to make it the way I learned in a million years on my own. A whole new world of authentic cuisine has opened up. Thankyou so much Juanita!
This is the time of year that I spend many hours outside pruning my fruit trees and berries getting them ready for the upcoming spring. I can still hear my grandpa talking to me about his amazement of how the old hard wood of a fruit tree could bring forth such a delicate bud that would form into a flower.
John 15 Talks about pruning, in verse 2 Jesus say’s, “every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes that it may bear more fruit.”
There are several verses in John 15 that talk about the “True Vine”. At the moment I find the parallels of John 15:2 with being out in my orchard. I do infact take off the branches that don’t bear fruit, or the ones that are diseased. The limbs that I call suckers, that add no profit to my trees. I look at branches that I have dealt with for a few years giving a chance to bear fruit, but have continued to fail me. There are also branches that make the tree out of balance. It is amazing for me to think of such a simple thing, yet when I really come to think of it, there are many reasons that I will come to ultimately cut off a branch. Sometimes I even have to resort to a saw instead of hand pruner because of how large a branch has become. I like to give all the branches a fighting chance, but ultimately there is a choice. Are you bearing fruit or not? Are you a benefit to this tree and orchard or not?
I also cut off branches that do bear fruit! What?! Most fruit bearing branches I also cut. I cut off the buds that I don’t want. If I have too many buds on the same branch and they all bear fruit, I may loose that whole branch from the weight of the fruit later in the season. I want to develop the shape I want in the tree, I want to develop strong limbs that bear fruit. I want healthy large fruit, not just fruit for the sake of growing fruit, but to have fruit in the end that I want to eat! Even in the growing season after the fruit is all set, I again thin, or prune out so that each set of buds only has a certain amount of fruit so that it develops fully.
The one thing that I forget to mention now that most of my trees are well established, I usually cut all the fruit off the first year or two just to put the strength into the roots! That’s another whole thought!
Man, there is a lot that goes through my brain as I ponder what I do out in my orchard on a winter day pruning. These are the times that I feel closer to God than any other. I am a hands on/practical person. When I have the tools in hand making the decisions and feeling the cold air envisioning the coming spring. That is the moment I see God in all His magnificence.