The Weeder's Digest
Identifying and enjoying edible weeds

By Gail Harland

The Weeder's Digest
Paperback, 192 pages £6.00
Published: 21st June 2012
ISBN: 9781900322997
Format: 234mm x 168mm

Category: GARDENING, COMPOSTING & AGRICULTURE, GREEN LIVING & SELF-SUFFICIENCY

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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.

Weeds:

  • 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.

Introduction

PART 1: Know your weeds

1     The good, the bad and the ugly: Characteristics of weeds

2    Achievable weed control: A question of balance

3    A case of mistaken identity: Poisonous plants

PART 2: A bouquet of weeds (An A–Z of over 50 edible weed species)

Glossary

Notes

Bibliography


"The Weeders Digest is a very well written and enjoyable book.  Gail Harland is quite obviously passionate about her subject and clearly lives it. Small tit bits such as how Himalayan balsam can be used as an “Indian preserve known as gulqand, which literally means sweet flowers” indicate she has really done her research.  This book would be a welcome addition to the shelf of any forager."

- Dave Hamilton - forager and author of Grow Your Food for Free - well, almost

The Weeder's Digest is a delightful read, well organised, informative and easy to use, successfully filling the hungry gap between books on gardening and those on foraging with inspiring recipes, cooking tips and relevant words of caution for each plant profiled. A welcome and valuable addition to the library of any new or more experienced foragers, gardeners, cooks and weeders. Highly recommended.” 

- Fergus Drennan, professional forager and writer

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.



Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
ISBN: 9781900322997
Format: 234mm x 168mm

BIC Code: WMPH, WMQN
BISAC Code:  GAR004080, GAR009000, GAR022000
Imprint: Green Books


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