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Good Weed Bad Weed: Who's Who, What to Do, and Why Some Deserve a Second Chance (All You Need to Know About the Weeds in Your Yard) Spiral-bound – February 1, 2011
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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.”
Top Customer Reviews
As a weed ID guide, this book is appropriate for the gardener who is just starting out, and seems to be written with the environmentally conscientious homeowner in mind. Featuring photos of 44 weeds common to the urban or suburban garden or yard, "Good Weed Bad Weed" helps the casual observer decide which weeds to pull upon sight and which not to stress over (and even encourage). And one of my favorite parts of the book, because it is so quirky, is that it turns into an oddball recipe book near the end, giving recipes for dishes like Purslane & Potato Salad, and Weedy Foxtail Tabouli (which made the free copy I received even more delicious).
For the novice outdoorsman, the real gem of the book is the accompanying photographs it offers as it walks the reader through notoriously "bad" weeds, such as poison ivy and ragweed, the "not-so-bad" weeds, such as morning glory, and the "good" weeds, such as edible and omega-3 rich purslane. The book is spiral bound, which makes it easy to flip through and to keep on a page when you are comparing weeds in your backyard to the pictures in the book. For the reader who has never been able to put names to the weeds in her backyard, this is a tremendous aid.
Keep in mind that this book is not a field guide for professionals. In other words, you will not find botanical sketches of each weed in its seedling and then mature stages, or featuring a close-up of its leaves, flowers or fruit.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Common weeds were identified. I was hoping to identify lesser known weeds.Published 4 months ago by tali
Lots of good info. I don't like it as much as Good Bug Bad Bug but it is still informative enough to keep. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Susan M. Kincer
Very interesting book which sheds new light on many of the 'plants' thriving in our lawn!Published 14 months ago by Marianne Bentley
Seems more geared toward loving All plants. Normally, I love nature a little more than the next person. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
Pretty good, as far as it goes. A few more pictures to include more of the plants under discussion, and a few more plants, would make this a book that EVERY gardener should have. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dr. John T. Webb