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Celebrate Weeds!

National Weed Appreciation Day on March 28th each year reminds us that some weeds are beneficial to us and our ecosystem. Want to know how weeds can be beneficial to your ecosystem? Check out these resources!

Weeds – Control Without Poisons

Specifics on a hundred weeds, why they grow, what soil conditions spur them on or stop them, what they say about your soil, and how to control them without the obscene presence of poisons. All cross-referenced by scientific and various common names, and a pictorial glossary.

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Invasive Plant Medicine

Invasive Plant Medicine demonstrates how these invasives restore natural balance and biodiversity to the environment and examines the powerful healing properties offered by 24 of the most common invasive plants growing in North America and Europe. Each plant examined includes a detailed description of its physiological actions and uses in traditional healing practices; tips on harvesting, preparation, and dosage; contraindications; and possible side effects.

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When Weeds Talk

This is the 2nd edition of the book formerly titled Weeds and Why They Grow. Acres U.S.A. has long shown that weed control lies in fertility management. Every weed grows in a somewhat narrow window of allowable soil conditions. For the first time, hundreds of weeds of commercial importance are detailed along with the chemical analysis of accompanying soils. For example, burdock grows in soils with very high levels of iron and sulfate, very low levels of calcium and manganese. Balance the soil, lose the weed.

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Backyard Medicine

In this North American edition subtitled: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies, 50 common hedgerow and backyard plants are investigated for their alternative medicine and natural healing abilities. This book looks at 120 natural healing remedies for everyday ailments like muscle tension, cough, insomnia, acne, sore throat, aches and pains — all gathered from familiar wild plants such as plantain, raspberries, stinging nettle, and red clover and created at home. Imagine serving chickweed pesto, herbal teas, or hawthorn berry leathers with ingredients from the “back forty.” Color photographs throughout make identifications easier. Help your family feel better and save money at the same time.

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Weeds & What They Tell Us, 3rd Edition

“Weeds are weeds only from our human egotistical point of view, because they grow where we do not want them. In nature, however, they play an important and interesting role.” Thus begins this classic text written by a pioneer in the field of sustainable agriculture who, through his work with Rudolf Steiner and a lifetime of research, wielded a vast knowledge of plant and animal biology. This important book was written in the 1950s, yet no other book contains the overview that Dr. Pfeiffer presents here, and the message contained lives on as important now as it was over 40 years ago. 

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100 Plants to Feed the Bees

The first simple step toward protecting our pollinators — bees — is to provide the flowers and plants they need using no pesticides. The Xerces Society offers a great resource of plants and flowers ideal for bees growth and production. This field guide identifies the plants that honey bees and native bees — as well as butterflies, moths and hummingbirds — find most nutritious, including flowers, trees, shrubs, herbs and pasture plants. 

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