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The Book of Weeds: How to Deal with Plants That Behave Badly

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Weeds are plants growing in the wrong place. This work explains how weeds populate your pots, paving, beds and borders and shows how to prevent them taking over - or opt for complete eradication.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Dorling Kindersley (first published March 16th 2009)
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Vanessa
Jul 20, 2010 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book about the battle with weeds, with practical (and non herbicidal) advice, and just plain fun to read. It's obvious this guy is an experienced gardener.
Emma Cooper
Jan 08, 2010 Emma Cooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gardening
'The Book of Weeds' follows a pattern that will be familiar to anyone who has read a book on weeds – it tries to define what a weed is, then goes through techniques for keeping them under control or eradicating them and then goes on to describe some of the worst offenders. Unusually, it covers aquatic and pond weeds as well as terrestrial ones.

Ken Thompson’s experience and entertaining writing style come out most strongly in the first section – defining what makes a weed a weed and how plants sp
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Adam
May 30, 2013 Adam rated it it was ok
I picked this up on a whim, and it turned out not to be very valuable. First of all, the relatively short ID section is all about common British weeds, which doesn't really help me atm. The even shorter intro body text is almost insulting void of content. His advice for dealing with weeds is essentially just to weed diligently, plant cover crops and fill up the space, and use smothering tactics like mulch, gravel, and fabrics. That's all well and good - probably as good of a strategy as I could ...more
Jim
Jun 18, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it
This is one of those small colorful books which will be memorable that it introduced me to flame weeders. http://www.pesticide.org/pubs/alts/we...

Fire and Gardening!

I hope some day to be able to tell the difference between the things I'm trying to grow and weeds.

Read in one night.
Emily
Jul 27, 2016 Emily rated it it was ok
The catchy title caught my eye, but I found the book to be a little boring. For some reason most of the weeds I was used to pulling did not make the cut for this book. The author seemed to say the same thing over and over, use a hoe while the weeds were small.

It did have good pictures and scientific names.
William
Sep 03, 2009 William rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I probably would not have checked out this book from the library if I had known that it was about weeds in Great Britain.

It is interesting to note the difference between the weeds there and the weeds here.
Tina
Nov 03, 2014 Tina rated it really liked it
good but doesn't mention anything about the huge garden problem ivy.
Ruthann Bender
Quote: "Cultivate such virtues as determination, persistence, thoroughness, and - especially unfashionable these days- patience..." p74
Mary
Mar 04, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it
I'm using this book to help me identify weeds as they pop up. The author speaks with an unexpected sense of humor.
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