A highland fling

our wee adventure on the Black Isle


Olive tree pruning 101

(Before you start on me, readers from other countries, let me say this. I know that you may not prune trees the way we do here, but hey, that’s what makes the world go round! OK, so we don’t use a little saw. We use a hatchet. But that is the way we were taught by our good friend, so that’s the way we will prune our trees! ‘Nuff said.)

So it’s that time of year again. The olive harvest starts in a month, just in time to (hopefully) get the last olive picked and pressed into golden Yunquera Gold olive oil before Christmas. So before that task begins, the tree pruning must be done.

Why, you ask? Glad you asked! Well, because if you don’t, it will be next to impossible to get the nets in closely around the base of the tree, so some of the precious olives  might be lost. During the course of the growing year, the olive trees send out suckers around the base of the tree, which not only get in your way when harvesting, they also suck the vitality from the tree. So they must all be cut away.

Not to mention the fact that it makes the land look tidier if the trees are nicely pruned around the base! A tidy campo is much prized in this area.

The pruning task is made much hard this year because both Kenton and I are recovering from surgery. So we are taking it easy – working only a few hours a day, so rather than the usual 4 day task, it is a 2 week task. After all, cleaning around 850 olive trees is no small feat!

We’re getting to the end of it now, only about 3 days to go. Then 2 weeks to work on the Lujos Christmas orders, and bang! Olive harvest is here.

Enjoy this instructive video. It’s a couple of years old, but believe me, the work is the same now, as then.