Weeds and What They Tell Us
and What They Tell Us
is a newly-released, lightly-edited version of Ehrenfried Pfeiffer's
book of nearly the same name (without the "Us") from 1970.
Unfortunately, this little book didn't live up to its promise,
especially given the high price of $13 for a 90 page text. I
could ignore the typographical errors, but the arguments are scattered
and somewhat contradictory.
The trouble is that I'm
not sure Pfeiffer's categories entirely work, especially since later
sections of the book suggest certain plants are indicators of other
soil problems. I'm also not a fan of his solutions to weed
problems, which seem to consist of lots and lots of tilling and some
chemicals (along with less problematic but rather obvious techniques
like hand weeding, mowing when flowers are just pollinated, draining
wet ground, planting cover crops, and adding compost and lime if
Sick of dirty water? Your hens are too. Treat them to an Avian Aqua Miser.
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