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Zero to Minus 5°C on its way
December 4th, 2016 by Michael

The first real cold weather of the season is finally upon us but so far this looks like a pretty benign cold front in terms of olive trees planted in the ground. Unless you live in a serious cold spot on the South Coast this is just a wake-up telling us that winter is indeed upon us.

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So, what to do? Well, first, if your trees have olives on them, now would be a great time to pick them. I picked some of the early maturing varieties over a month ago—Maurino, Pendolino and Frantoio were all ready to pick in the green stage). Now I’m picking all other varieties such as Carolea (pictured here in the bowl).

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Beyond harvesting, now would be a good time to ensure you have placed deep mulch around the base of the trees. And if it looks like temps in your area are going below minus 5 or 6—and especially in windy locations—then wrap your trees in something plant friendly like row cover cloth or horticultural fleece. Don’t use plastic or burlap to wrap your tree.

 


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