By Nancy Gift
Is weed? this question, requested by means of a person who has ever gardened or mowed a garden, doesn't have a simple solution. in the end, a weed, as suburban mom weed scientist Nancy reward reminds readers, is just a plant misplaced. In A Weed via the other identify, reward bargains a private, unapologetic protection of clovers, dandelions, plantains, and extra, chronicling her adventure with those "enemy" vegetation season through season. instead of falling prey to pressures to accomplish the best garden and backyard, present elucidates the various purposes to include an unconventional, weedy backyard. She celebrates the spots of wildness that crop up in a number of corners of suburbia, redeeming many a plant's recognition via expounding on its optimistic characteristics. She contains recipes for dandelion wine and garlic mustard pesto in addition to sketches that convey the typical fantastic thing about vegetation comparable to the morning glory, labeled via the USDA as an invasive and noxious weed. even if she is an recommend of weeds, reward admits that a few crops do require eradication-she fortunately digs out multiflora rose and lodges to chemical struggle on poison ivy. yet she additionally demonstrates that weeds usually hold a message for us concerning the land and our remedy of it, if we're prepared to hear.
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I wondered whether I was supposed to pack the blooms tightly as when measuring brown sugar, or loosely like measuring flour for a cake. In any case, I filled the jug and then took the blooms inside. My first rude surprise was that my one-gallon pot was barely enough for the one-gallon job (Duh! ), and my second rude surprise was that my crock pot—the largest available pot for the next step—was only threequarters of a gallon. I had to give up some of the brew. One reason I haven’t repeated the process these last eight years is that I can’t bear the idea of going to all that effort for so little yield—next time I’m getting five-gallon pots!
In some cases, I know the birds are making use of particular plants. The goldfinches come when the pink-flowered cosmos go to seed, their yellow flashes making the cosmos’ pink all the more vivid. The song sparrows nested in a juniper bush next to our front door, and for weeks we avoided using the door excessively. Their tenure in our shrub enabled us to finally learn to distinguish their nondescript brown markings from those of the more common house sparrow. Our desire to have the girls witness the bird nest was a constant conflict with our desire not to disturb them.
The song sparrows nested in a juniper bush next to our front door, and for weeks we avoided using the door excessively. Their tenure in our shrub enabled us to finally learn to distinguish their nondescript brown markings from those of the more common house sparrow. Our desire to have the girls witness the bird nest was a constant conflict with our desire not to disturb them. A flashy iridescent-green hummingbird visits a lovely tubular red flower, Crocosmia, in our front garden in August. The woodpeckers enjoy our suet and then foray into nearby woods to hammer insects from dying ash trees.
A Weed by Any Other Name: The Virtues of a Messy Lawn, or Learning to Love the Plants We Don't Plant by Nancy Gift