Pruning the olive trees

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

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 spring blooms
early spring blooms