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olive trees pruning

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olive trees just after pruning

olive trees just after pruning, the cut branches still on the ground

POTATURA. Spring is making some appearance and it’s now time to prune olive trees.  Some of the locals have actually started in November, just after harvest. Some have run to the fields during the very few sunny days we have had during this rainy winter. We have a small olive grove, so we can take it easy and wait for the nice weather. Pruning is important as it’s needed to remove the non productive shoots and to give light and air to the tree. This will maximize production and minimize the onset of disease due to excess humidity. We still have plenty delicious olive oil from last year, but we look with anticipation to the next harvest.  This is for us the first celebration of spring which will come later in its full glory.

early spirng blooms

early spring blooms

Author: madonnadelpiatto

Former scientist, I now run B&B and cooking school Alla Madonna del Piatto in Assisi, Umbria, central Italy, together with my husband Ruurd, daughter Tea and truffle dog Google. We love good food and wine, travel, beautiful handicrafts like textiles and pottery. We feel fortunate to be able to share our magical mountain with many friends from all over the world.

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