We planted two, yes two, "100" cherry tomato plants. I have learned how they got their name--each one must have at LEAST 100 tomatoes on it! If anyone wants some, we're going to have a bumper crop for the next several weeks...
Jesus used several farming examples, and I'm definitely learning from our garden. For example:
--The flower has to fade for the fruit to come. (Maybe getting older and unattractive isn't such a bad thing.)
--Not all the flowers develop into fruit (good thing, or we'd have zucchini coming out of our ears too!)
--Some plants give tons of small fruit; others give a few, larger pieces. (It's ok that our life group has fewer but deeper relationships).
--Once you pick the first one, the others start to develop. (Maybe that's why God wants the first fruit).
--Fences and pruning are good both for getting more fruit and less rotten/bug filled fruit.