It is important that the soil has the right nutrients for the olive tree. The leaves that may fall from the tree during harvesting, are nature’s way of keeping soil fertile and organically rich. But it is also necessary to fertilize the soil around the tree after pruning and before flowering in spring. The fertilizer should be rich in phosphorous and potassium. It is basically enough to do this once a year.
Now the time has come in the spring, that the tree will do the work. Pretty soon there are very small flowers visible, which then turn into olives as big as pinheads. The olive tree uses all summer to grow these into mature olives. In summer there are only a few things that need to be done in the olive grove. First of all, it is good to remove excess new branches so that the tree can give more energy to the growth of the olives. Then it is wise to keep the field free of unwanted shrubs and stones, so that the nets do not tear during harvesting. And furthermore, it is important that the olive grove is irrigated. Never water too much, but also not too little. Crete Olives have many health benefits, special the extra virgin olive oil.