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Weeds in My Garden by Charles B. Heiser
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Aug 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: history, memoirs, midwest-u-s, nature, rural-life, science, united-states, gardening
Read in March, 2004

A rambling discourse on selected weeds around Bloomington, Indiana, where C.B. Heiser was a professor of botany. Heiser's rather well-known (in certain obscure fields like paleoethnobotany, anyway), and not a bad writer, either. This is a bit like reading an old herbal - it's not so much a guide to weeds as a bunch of short essays, very informal. I liked it a lot but if you're not into gardening or herbs I don't think you'll be interested.

My favorite bit of new knowledge from this book: another common name for the dandelion used to be "pissabed" because that's what it made you do (its a diuretic).

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