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Spiders in vegetable garden.?

Question: Spiders in vegetable garden.?

(Posted by: on 2012-03-14 15:49:37)

I have so many various types of spiders in my raised vegetable gardens that it creeps me out. I only started to garden last year so I am not sure what to do, but I do know I want them gone before I plan any seeds and plants. Is it safe to put a pesticide in there before planting? I know it's bad, but I don't think I can deal with the creepy crawlies for another year! Thanks :)


Posted by: jekin on 2012-03-14, 15:52:15

Spiders eat insects, that is good.


Posted by: daniel g on 2012-03-14, 16:05:07

The spiders are the best thing you can have in your garden. They are feeding on mites and worms that would damage your vegies. The worst thing you can do is use pesticides or poisons. The spiders are not going to pose any threat to you,and if you just got familiar with them, they wouldn't bother you. Even working in the garden, you can just shoo them away. If you are afraid of spiders,maybe you could deal with that, and let your little 8 legged friends protect your garden.


Posted by: gardensallday on 2012-03-14, 16:07:06

Frankly, I think it would be better for you to google "exposure therapy " and cure your spider phobia. I'm not an organic gardener, but I do think pesticides are a major concern and I almost never use them. Sorry you have this trouble. I rescue snakes from people and people from snakes, due to their snake phobias, and there aren't even any poisonous snakes around here. I just pick 'em up and move them into the tall grass and nobody has to watch. People get very upset!! But nobody will do the exposure therapy stuff, which is too bad, because phobias are 100% curable. I used to be so shy the teachers thought I was mentally retarded thru most of elementary school, and so I worked on that, and I'm not shy anymore. The reason you are uncomfortable around spiders is because you avoid them, and the more you avoid them, the more uncomfortable you get. Eventually it will be a full blown phobia, maybe, if it isn't already. Good luck with the garden!


Posted by: Lynn on 2012-03-14, 20:47:26

I got bug phobias. I know, technically, spiders aren't bugs...but they are in my mind. Still, I know they're good for the garden. I like to see their lacy webs full of decomposing mosquitoes in summer. I just won't get close enough that they might touch me. ;)


Posted by: Sheila on 2012-03-14, 21:25:46

Spiders are a gardener's best friend, after bees. Wear gloves and use implements and you'll never have to touch a spider. Please don't use pesticides, as you'll kill everything, good or bad. You need to come to terms with the fact that gardening/ soil/ plants involves spiders and insects. They are part and parcel of it. Take the time to have a close look at a couple of spiders. Familiarise yourself with their traits, diet and habitat. Humans are not their natural prey. We just get in their way sometimes but 99% of them can be easily moved to safety without any danger to you.


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