It’s the small things.

The sheer pleasure I got from buying almost dead plants from the local supermarkets and nursing them back to life is enormous. But when I saw olive trees in Ireland brought by one of the German discount shops – kinda small big box shops – they were at a price I simply couldn’t justify. Then about a month later after the desert climate of the store did it’s job shedding the leaves from the trees and thus making them unsaleable I got some for somewhat less that the original price. But I never once thought they would set a crop of olives.
And here’s the evidence. AND they are nearly as big as the ones you buy in a jar.

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8 Responses to It’s the small things.

  1. Kimberly says:

    They’re beautiful! How long have they been in your care? I don’t know anything about olive trees so this might be a stupid question, but will you be able to eventually pick and eat them or do they have to be cured or something?
    It’s very impressive. In fact, I’ve got several almost dead plants in my backyard that you are welcome to work your magic on. 🙂

    • V.H says:

      This one, a year. I’ve more that are less.
      But I’ve not one clue about the olives. I was taking a chance and I was not sure if they would last at all so the idea of them setting fruit is a bit bemusing. And I am kinda impressed with them myself.
      The taste is saliva suckingly sour and the stone hasn’t gotten hard yet. And I am over selling the theme using the term, crop. Since I doubt that there’s more than a few tablespoons worth on them.

      • Kimberly says:

        Most things in a search says they’re not edible right off the tree. Looks like you can make them at home though, but it seems time consuming…
        http://www.bigplantnursery.co.uk/olivepreparation.html
        I’m kind of surprised that you can grow them there as I would have thought they were native to arid regions. Interesting that they’re being sold in a big box store…maybe they had a large inventory in Spain or Italy and sent them your way?

        • V.H says:

          Oh they deffo-nightly are not for eating off the tree. But really, wouldn’t you try too. Descendant of Eve and all, :-D.
          As to making home made olives. It’s something I’d do for the fun, once. But I can get a small jar for .50c/80c US.
          I knew by osmosis what to do with them. I knew not to put them into the ground for what will kill them is the water logging the soil gets here so growing them in a pot.
          And yes, the discounter buys the very same thing for all their stores across Europe. So we’re talking about a million or so trees.

  2. Ed says:

    Are you also growing some pimientos?

  3. Kelly says:

    Ed’s comment made me laugh!

    I’m quite impressed, but not surprised. You seem to have quite a green thumb (in contrast to my very brown one)

    • V.H says:

      It wasn’t until you commented on Ed’s comment that I realised there was more to it.

      Thank you. But I don’t know how much is me and how much is a will to live on the part of the trees. But I try to give them more or less the conditions of their home ground, as far as possible.

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