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How To Prune An Olive Tree video 2

Video 2. Finishing off the olive tree.  It is now looking lighter, ready to grow large fruit this year.  We are following the theory of less fruit hanging on the tree = larger individual fruit size

Written by Geoff Crawford — January 22, 2015

How to Prune an Olive Tree video 1

Video 1. How to prune an Olive tree with a chain saw. Aston making it look easy.

Written by Geoff Crawford — January 22, 2015

Rabbit View From My Office Window

Telegraph Hill Olive Tree Rabbit
As I locked up last night I saw this very cute rabbit grazing under the olives.  How lucky we are to work in  a place like this!
Telegraph Hill rabbit

Written by Geoff Crawford — January 22, 2015

On the Olive Grove

On the grove flowering has finally started.  This year we are running two weeks behind last year.  This is due to the cold spring where the weather was all stop start.  The Olive trees listened to the cooler temperatures and delayed spring growth cycles.

I hadn't realised this was happening which resulted in me forecasting a light cropping year, because I couldn't see many flower follicles in September.  I've now changed my mind, we are in for another good year!  Plenty of flowers on all the trees.

Spring pruning was delayed as we waited for the flowers to come.  I wanted to see what the flowers would be so we could then decide how much to prune.  I didn't want to take off all my potential harvest.  If my early forecast was correct then we were going to prune lightly.  Thankfully I was wrong and we can now prune with regular gusto!

Roll on for a nice hot summer.

Written by Geoff Crawford — November 25, 2014

Best Olives in New Zealand

Telegraph Hill awarded Champion Olives in the 2014 Royal Easter Show Olive Oil awards.  This is the third year running we have received this award, a great reward for the team here.

The award winning olives were our Traditional Olives.  One assumes the judges liked the classic taste of these where we keep the salt low so that the olive flavour shines.

Written by Geoff Crawford — September 25, 2014

Happenings on the Grove

Under-grounding irrigation, flowering heads up and pruning....

Written by Geoff Crawford — September 23, 2014

Olive Oil on my Porridge

This article Cereal for Breakfast? Pass the EVOO got me thinking why not?  I already use olive oil at every other meal time so lets not hold back from breakfast.  I recommend using a fruity or delicate oil so that the pepperyness or pungency doesn't influence your porridge too much.  I enjoyed it but did hold off on the sliced garlic!

Written by Geoff Crawford — September 19, 2014

Inside a centrifugal olive oil press

Telegraph Hill olive oil pressThis is the inside of the centrifugal olive oil press.  This simple yet complex machinery separates the oil from the water and other solids.  It is fed the mushed up olives slowly through the center, while it spins at around 3000rpm.  Olive Oil comes out one exit and the waste another.

Written by Geoff Crawford — July 29, 2014

Kalamata Olive Tree Transplant

Telegraph Hill Kalamata Olives

October 2013 we moved 31 Kalamata trees.  They had a good growing season over the summer resulting in a good amount of foliage.  They then have 'sat around' for the winter with no growth at all.  The tallest trees are now around 2 meters and the smallest only up to my knees.
Telegraph Hill Kalamata OlivesSome of the tender shoots have been slightly frosted, which will slow down the spring growth.  This morning we had a minus 4 degree frost in parts of Hawke's Bay, a chilly start.  You can see the damage here.  Sigh!

Written by Geoff Crawford — July 29, 2014

Free 300g Olives

Free 300g Olives with every internet order placed today! (NZ delivery only).

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