Weeds: Friend or Foe? - An Illustrated Guide to Identifying, Taming and Using Weeds by Sally Roth
By definition, weeds are plants that aren't welcome where they grow. Invading borders or containers and strangling favourite flowers, weeds can be a nightmare to eradicate and no garden, terrace or patio is immune. But help is at hand. Carroll & Brown, publishers of The First-Time Gardener and Garden Tools, are pleased to present Weeds: Friend or Foe?, their latest must-have book for anyone with an interest in gardening. Utterly comprehensive and packed with photographs to help you differentiate between weeds and their more desirable plant cousins, Weeds: Friend or Foe? is particularly useful if you're moving into a new property or if, like many of us, you let your garden take care of itself! Major sections of the book cover the manual and chemical means you can take to prevent and eradicate weeds. However, you may be surprised to discover that some weeds can be a valuable asset to the gardener. Many attract wildlife or have culinary or medical applications, so it pays to be sure you understand your weeds before you eradicate them. The book displays the different common weeds and details their various growing stages, so you get the information you need to decide whether to keep them and if not, how to remove them and prevent others growing. Additionally you will learn how to cultivate and use weeds without jeopardising the rest of your garden. For ambitious readers there are step-by-step details on creating decoctions, infusions and powders, and charts and, information on the use of a wide range of edible weeds. With the recent surge in the popularity of wild, natural-looking plants in our gardens, could the notoriously undesirable weed be elevated to romantic wild plant status? Weeds: Friend or Foe? can help you to nurture a variety of weeds, or, if you prefer, to kill and prevent them from coming back. With its clear, accessible and attractive format, it's a must for green-fingered pro and gardening novice.