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Identifying weeds and pests

Post: #9998 Andy Hamilton
Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:13 am

anyone know of any good books for Identifying weeds and pests. I am often unsure if I am getting rid of benefical insects and as for weeds it is always worth know what they are so you can work out the best way to deal with them.

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Post: #10003 Shirley
Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:58 am

All about books sounds good to me... My RHS book of gardening has a bit about bugs and weeds in it....

Weeds - I tend to think of weeds being flowers in the wrong place - many have a place in my garden so long as I keep them under control if they are invasive.

http://www.dgsgardening.btinternet.co.uk/weeds.htm has quite a good section on weeds (although be warned - it does talk about some dark and nasty weedkillers too!!!)
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Post: #10010 ina
Thu Feb 02, 2006 1:05 pm

The HDRA has two small books that I was going to get - so I can't tell you more about them at the moment than what's in their catalogue. But generally I find their books very good (I have the Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening, and that's kind of my bible).

Pests - How to control them on fruit and vegetables (£5.60)
An informative and practical book to help the organic gardener combat pests. Useful colour photos help with the identification of garden friends as well as pests.

Weeds - How to control them without chemicals (£8.25)
How to identify over ninety common and more rare weeds and then control them in all parts of the organic garden. Colour photos.

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Post: #10142 Andy Hamilton
Sat Feb 04, 2006 6:02 pm

Thanks you two the site looks good and I will have to find my libary card.
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Post: #10165 Wombat
Sat Feb 04, 2006 11:10 pm

The books I've got are Aus based and so not much use to you guys!

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Post: #11478 ina
Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:01 pm

Andy - you may have come across this site already, but although it's HDRA, I hadn't seen it before, so here it is:

http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/organicweeds/index.php

Brilliant pictures, case studies, the lot. Just not much good if you are out in the garden and want to identify something then and there...
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Post: #11554 Andy Hamilton
Wed Feb 15, 2006 4:49 pm

excellent cheers
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