This will be the last small-acreage / gardening article for the season and I will restart with more articles in January. But, I think it’s a good time to review a few of the simple yet easily forgotten aspects of owning a small acreage.

So, to continue our discussion from last week about how you’re going to make a small-acreage business viable and successful, you need to identify your niche.

Gardening is not a sport for the weak-hearted, the half-dedicated or the person who thinks that a pretty yard comes in a bottle. It can be overwhelming, frustrating, expensive and more work than fun.

Sometimes known as “southwest injury,” sunscald on trees is damage to the bark on the side of the tree facing the sun, which in our area is the southwest. Sunscald can occur in both the summer and the wintertime and can be caused by many environmental factors.

We all have pests come into our yards and cause problems with our landscapes, gardens, trees and bushes. These pests can range from small grubs that eat the grass roots in our lawn to moose eating our shade and fruit trees during the middle of winter.

The days are growing shorter, trees are starting to change color in the mountains, shadows grow longer, and our nighttime temperatures are starting to drop. As trees prepare for dormancy, they are not focusing on branch and tree top development but rather, they are taking up water and nutrie…

This truly is the most enjoyable part of the gardening season for most die-hard gardeners. It’s that point where you are enjoying a sizable harvest of fruits and vegetables from your garden, berry patch, and yard.

Birds have many wonderful attributes in our yards and landscapes, but can cause issues in our gardens by eating fruit or picking seeds out of the ground. There are ways to help drive them off, and prevent them from taking up residence where their presence is detrimental.

Because of their adaptability to a wide range of growing conditions and the many uses for the fruit, grapes are the most important fruit crop in the world.

The hobo spider is a European species first collected in Seattle during the 1940s. It first was detected in Idaho during the late 1960s and established statewide by the early 1990s. It now occurs throughout Oregon and Washington as well as in parts of Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.