The Weeder's Digest
Identifying and enjoying edible weeds

By (author) Gail Harland

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‘What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

This book is a practical and attractive guide to identifying and using the many edible varieties of weed. It will appeal to gardeners, botanists and horticulturalists, as well as to anyone with an interest in controlling weeds in eco-friendly ways.


  • may be beneficial to wildlife
  • can be good for the soil – helping the accumulation of trace elements and acting as hosts for mycorrhizal fungi
  • are interesting and unusual ingredients in the kitchen, as well as having a range of other uses.

The main part of the book – ‘The Weeder’s Digest’ – includes over 50 species, with details of how to identify them and suggestions for using them for both cooking and making things. Included are the more common weeds, such as nettles, dandelions, chickweed and elder, as well as the less common – such as brooklime and hairy bittercress. There is also a section on poisonous plants and those edible plants that should not be eaten to excess.

With The Weeder's Digest on your bookshelf you can put your weeds to use and need not curse their presence any longer. Whether it’s making soup or jam, dyeing fabric or making paper, it’s all here. Includes colour photographs throughout.

See below for a sneak peek at The Weeder's Digest.

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Gail Harland has a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and was a State Registered Dietitian for over 10 years. She is a freelance writer and photographer with a regular poultry column in The Cage and Aviary Birds magazine, and is author of Photographing your Garden and Grow It Yourself and co-author of The Tomato Book.