“Let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.” — I Chronicles 16:32
When I bought my home here in Madera 33 years ago, I had to put in the landscaping because it was a new house on a graded lot with not even grass. My wife at that time was very good with plants and trees. Everyone who knew her said she could take a dry leaf and bring it back to life. I don’t know if that was possible, but she loved working gardening. We put in the landscaping following her plans, which included several fruit trees in the backyard.
After about a year, we saw we needed more shade over our back patio so we planted a maple tree about 25 feet from a lemon tree. Now that maple tree is very tall and spread out over a wide area providing plenty of shade for our patio. For about 3 years the lemon tree did very well, then the leaves started turning yellow and the following year it did not bloom and finally died. I could not figure out what had happened to it because all the other fruit trees were still doing very well.
After reading a book about plants and trees and how they protect themselves from insects and disease, I was able to figure out the fate of my lemon tree. The lemon tree was crowding the maple tree, so the maple tree produced protective chemicals that hurt the lemon tree. The Creative Intelligence of the Universe, (God) created ways for all life on this planet to protect themselves from enemies...