Thursday in the Naturehood

First sign of Fall

First sign of Fall

Spiders are particularly crucial in organic gardening, because we rely on “biological” pest control.   I was reading were 25 million tons of spiders consume over 800 million tons of insects every year!  I wonder what algorithm was used to determine that fun fact!  Nevertheless, if it weren’t for spiders (and birds, of course ) all of our crops would be consumed by pests. 

Each fall, we are particularly aware of the presence of orb spiders as they weave their magnificent webs in conspicuous spots ( like the front entrance of the church!)  Unfortunately, I have a tendency of walking straight into them and getting a face full of sticky silk strands! Nevertheless, I am happy to know they're around.  One spotted orb weaver like the one pictured above means 2,000 less insects eating our plants each year.  They more than earn their pay!!