|Arbequina Olives close up|
What is this, you might ask? It's a closeup of some olives. Yes, olives, growing on a tree, in a clay pot, in the back yard! This is one of several trees I still need to transplant to the farm, just not sure where I want to put it yet. If it survives in the ground, it is a tree that will last literally for decades and I want to find just the right spot for it out there.
|Arbequina olive in a clay pot|
Above is a picture of it in the clay pot where it is now. It's a large pot, about 18" across, and when I bought the tree it was probably a foot tall, if that. It's 5 years old now and about 4 1/2 feet tall. It needs to get in the ground so it can grow to its full potential!
|Closeup of tiny Arbequina olives|
Here is a closeup of how they grow, almost like clusters of grapes, and as you can see, in all stages of growth, from tiny to large. I would assume they produce at various times later in the year.
This is the Spanish, "Arbequina" variety, and is supposed to do well in our Southern climate, which is similar to the climate in the region of Spain that they come from. In fact, there are a few places here in Texas that produce olive oil and this is one of the trees they use most often.
Without a doubt, having fresh olives at the farm in a few years would be an amazing thing. In fact, if it does well in the ground, and since it's done well in a clay pot I don't see why it wouldn't continue to thrive in soil where its roots can spread out, several olive trees scattered around the property might be pretty nice. Not enough for olive oil of course (it takes dozens of trees for that) but wow, I could dream about that all day long! Having enough to be able to use them in cooking would be great.