Spiral-bound: 104 pages
Publisher: St. Lynn's Press; First edition (February 1, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
“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
"I'm not much of a plant guy, and I pretty much thought all weeds should be placed on the most wanted list and killed on sight. In my view of the world, the only good weed was a dead one. The simple way (and the wrong way) is to look at this book as a field guide to weeds. It is just not that simple. It is a narrative. It tells the story of weeds, both from the perspective of science and a person who just wants to tell the story of weeds. The subtle humor and personal aspects make this book a read, yes a read. The photos go way beyond the field guide standard. They are art photos that should be enlarged and hanging in my house. Nobody reads field guides cover-to-cover-------except for this one. Being in the NE, I'm actually looking forward to spring to see what the heck weeds have been growing in my yard. Now I know which one to kill on sight and which one to spare for another day. Who knew?" - Thomas J. Hershberger, Pittsburgh, PA
"Good Weed Bad Weed is an accessible beginner's guide to weed identification. And to the delight of the busy gardener, it offers a unique perspective on weeds, pointing out that not all of them are as bad as we think, and that it will be fine to leave most of them right where they are. 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 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.
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." - Nicole Muise-Kielkucki, Pittsburgh, PA
"Once upon a time if I didn't plant it, I'd pull it. After reading this book i've come to see the value in what was growing in my garden. With the highly detailed pictures I'm able to determine if two similarly looking plants are going to overrun my plants or just enhance what is already there. With the unexpected addition of recipes for my newly appreciated plant friends I can get more out of my garden than I bargained for."
- Mark Johnston, Pittsburgh PA