A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle

Cleaning the feet


No, not mine, silly! The olive trees!

Every year before olive harvest, we have to prune every olive tree, to cut away the suckers and weeds that have grown around the trees. This not only helps the tree direct its efforts to the olives, it also makes laying the nets under the tree much easier. The Spanish in Yunquera call this “cleaning the feet” of the olive tree. It sounds a lot more picturesque than it really is!

We haven’t always done this. Sometimes we’ve been just too busy, or lazy, or whatever!! But we pruned last year, and it really did make the olive harvest easier – we didn’t have to wrestle the nets around the shoots, thistles and weeds.

Kenton takes the big strimmer and cuts away what he can, then I follow with my little hatchet and hack away the remaining olive shoots. This takes 3 or 4 days, as we have about 850 trees.

It’s going to be a long week…

Author: Ann Larson

One-time IT executive who lives on a 22 acre olive farm in Spain with husband Kenton and 2 boxer dogs. We make Yunquera Gold olive oil, and soap and skincare products from same. We aim to make natural, fresh, and handmade products at affordable prices!

2 thoughts on “Cleaning the feet

  1. Wow, Ann, that is a lot of work! But I can only imagine the result is well worth your efforts when harvest arrives.

    Have a wonderful day!


    • Yes, it is a lot of work! We are absolutely exhausted tonight! We figure we probably have about 2 more days of work, if it continues to go as well as today.

      And you are so right, it is well worth it at harvest time!