From the Back Cover
Who Are You Calling A Weed? . . .
Are you worried about all the weeds in your yard? Well, set your mind at ease. Weed scientist Nancy Gift will show you surprising ways that weeds can enrich your life. It might be time to let your yard go a little bit “native.”
Good Weed Bad Weed is the quick and easy, authoritative weed ID book, featuring 44 of North America’s most common uninvited guests – the good, the bad, and the not-so-bad – along with some tasty weed recipes (purslane salad, anyone?).
“Finally…the ultimate guide to weeds: from the bad to the good, and even great. I love this book! A must for every homeowner and gardener.”
– Doug Oster, author of Tomatoes Garlic Basil; co-author of Grow Organic,
“Nancy has a way of making us rethink our attitudes about weeds. In fact, I began to feel proud of my acres of nitrogen-fixing clover and a bit remiss that I did not harvest my purslane for dinner.”
– Jeneen Wiche, garden writer, radio host
About the Author
Nancy Gift is an assistant professor of environmental studies and acting director of The Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University in Pittsburgh. Previously, she wrote a book of garden essays, A Weed by Any Other Name: The Virtues of a Messy Lawn, or Learning to Love the Plants We Don't Plant (Beacon Press, May 2009).
Praise for A Weed by Any Other Name:
NY Times Book Review, Dominique Browning: “I can thank Gift, a highly trained weed scientist, for the day I gave up on my lawn and planted clover."
The Ethicurean, Holly Hickman: "Gift knows her stuff.”
The Midwest Book Review: “...a read that anybody who wants a new philosophy of lawn care will love.”