I love my flower garden. If we had the space I think I would love a vegetable garden too, but we opted for a backyard pool instead. Yet I still love to read about growing a garden. In fact, this is one of the reasons our blog has a vineyard theme–is it any wonder? 🙂
Jesus often used nature to emphasize deep truths of God. Consider the Parable of the Sower. It is one where Christ took the time to explain its full meaning to His disciples because they didn’t get it on first hearing it. How often we don’t get it either! What a blessing to have Christ explain to us this parable and its many applications so we can benefit from the truth it exemplifies.
I recently came across a very interesting gardening technique. It’s called Companion Gardening. The idea is to plant together plants that get along. Seriously? I had no idea there was such a method, but it intrigued me. I read the entire article and several more it linked to on the sidebar.
The premise is to plant together plants which help and nourish each other. As you may have guessed there are plants to avoid grouping together because of their competing nature. The most popular grouping was said to have begun by the Iroquois Indians and is called The Three Sisters–corn, pole beans and pumpkins or squash.
In this method the corn is planted first allowing it to grow so when the beans are planted they will have the support they need. After the beans have grown a bit the pumpkin is planted. It’s roots help hold the garden soil and nutrients together as well as the clinging nature of it’s vine offers support to the corn. Amazing!
On the flip side, there are plants that don’t grow well together. They not only don’t support each other, but they work against each other:
Incompatible Plants (Combatants)
- While white garlic and onions repel a plethora of pests and make excellent neighbors for most garden plants, the growth of beans and peas is stunted in their presence.
- Potatoes and beans grow poorly in the company of sunflowers, and although cabbage and cauliflower are closely related, they don’t like each other at all.
This brings us to a question for us to consider and apply to our marriage–are we companions or foes to our spouse?
The truth is when we said, I Do, God determined we would be life-long companions. This means we do everything we can to support them, hold them, help them bear fruit for God’s kingdom as well as their careers, and live alongside them giving and receiving unselfishly and without grumbling.
So how does your marriage garden grow? Are you a companion or a foe? How would Christ apply this parable to your marriage?