Weeds by Nina Edwards

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  • Title: Weeds
  • Author: Nina Edwards
  • Category: Nature
  • Date: 05/01/15
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 1780234848

 

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We spray them, pluck them, and bury them underneath mulch; and we curse their resilience once they spring again into place. To most of us, weeds are a nuisance, not definitely worth the grime they’re rising in. However the reality is weeds are a plant identical to some other, and it’s only we who designate them as a weed or not, as a plant we’ll dote over or one we’ll tear out of the earth with abandon. And as Nina Edwards reveals on this historical past, that designation is continually altering. Balancing common historical past with botanical science, she tells the story of the lowly, however proud, weed. As Edwards reveals, the thought of the weed is a slippery one, continually altering underneath completely different wants, fashions, and contexts. In a tightly managed subject of corn, a scarlet poppy is a shiny purple intruder, however in different components of the world it is a vital cultural image, a potent and profitable pharmaceutical supply, or just a fantastic, lakeside decoration. What we take into account a pest— Aristolochia Rotunda , or “fats hen”—was, in Neolithic times, a staple crop, its seeds an vital supply of vitamin. Sprinkled with private anecdotes and a great deal of helpful info, Weeds sketches historical past after historical past of the fashions and attitudes which have formed our gardens, displaying us that it’s simply as vital what we maintain out of them as what we put in, and that simply because we despise one species doesn’t imply that there haven’t been others whose very lives have relied on it

 

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