Weeds in the Ur­ban Land­scape

Manitoba Gardener Magazine - - LOCAL DIRT - By Richard Or­lando

This en­gag­ing field guide for the ur­ban ex­plorer, gar­dener or arm­chair en­thu­si­ast traces the his­tory of weeds as they mi­grated out of the Mid­dle East with hu­man tribes and spread across Europe and the Amer­i­cas, de­tails the folk­lore sur­round­ing them, and ex­plains their role in the evo­lu­tion of agri­cul­ture and hu­man civ­i­liza­tions as well as their many uses for medicine, food, an­i­mal fod­der and soil en­hance­ment. Richard Or­lando pro­vides de­tailed de­scrip­tions of 189 com­mon weeds – found across the United States – de­scrib­ing their fam­i­lies and char­ac­ter­is­tics, and sug­gest­ing strate­gies for man­ag­ing their pres­ence in the gar­den and field. Abun­dant il­lus­tra­tions en­hance the text and fa­cil­i­tate plant iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. An an­no­tated bib­li­og­ra­phy and in­dex of botan­i­cal names, in ad­di­tion to a de­tailed ex­pla­na­tion of in­te­grated pest man­age­ment, make this an es­sen­tial ref­er­ence for any­one with an in­ter­est in the world out­side our doors.

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