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The Itsy Bitsy Spider

October 10th, 2008

While out walking through the woods last week I almost walked right through this little guy’s web. He’s barely bigger than a kernel of popcorn. Amazing how intricate their webs are.

Spiders are one of those insects most people hate, but they’re so beneficial in the garden. They eat all kinds of other bugs (including mosquitoes). When we first moved here we had tons of those huge wolf spiders in our basement and around property. I grew up in South America with tarantulas & brown recluses, so I’ve easily made peace with the small North American spiders that inhabit Chiot’s Run. I know they’re good for my gardens, so I’ve taken to naming them instead of trying to kill them, makes them a little more endearing (I had a huge one I named Winston last year and it turned out he was a she – so Winstonette she became).

So do spiders creep you out or do you welcome them to you gardens?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.