Weeds: An Organic, Earth-friendly Guide to Their Identification, Use and Control

Published by Earth-friendly Books, 2016. Paperback, 6 x 9in, 142 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9932683-4-2

Perfect, timeless and year-round gifts for all gardeners.

Buy How to Create an Eco Garden and Weeds: An Organic, Earth-friendly Guide together – save £3.00


Inspiring, informative, down-to-earth and practical, both of my books are generously illustrated throughout in full colour.

Packed with ideas, tips and know-how, they’re ideal for anyone wanting to create a garden in tune with nature.


“I found this book interesting, enlightening, honest, practical and sensible.” Amazon 5-star review

weeds-FC-largeIN THIS ORGANIC, earth-friendly guide, my fresh approach encourages you to see garden weeds as more than simply unwelcome invaders in your flower borders, kitchen garden, allotment, greenhouse, polytunnel, patio, courtyard, containers, lawn, path or drive. Whatever your garden’s size, Weeds will help you identify, make use of and tackle the weeds you find there.

“Discover how many weeds can actually help to nurture a healthier and more balanced garden.”

An accessible, no-nonsense guide, illustrated with over 100 full colour photographs. This revised and updated edition will become a timeless go-to reference for every gardener’s bookshelf.

Read the foreword to Weeds.

• Discover how weeds help to heal bare soil in this extract featured in the Guardian.

• Find out how the book helps you identify 60 garden weeds.

• See how sheet mulching can help you clear a weedy allotment in this extract from Weeds published in the Telegraph.

What will you find in Weeds?


Learn about how weeds grow, spread and survive.

Information on how different weeds grow, spread and survive, and what they can actually tell you about your garden or allotment.

Tips for using weeds to improve the fertility of your garden, feed your plants and encourage wildlife such as bees and other pollinators.

Practical, hands-on techniques for preventing, clearing and curtailing weeds without using chemical weedkillers (herbicides).


A colour-coded directory helps you identify weeds.

A photographic directory to help you identify 60 common garden weeds, showing at-a-glance how easy, difficult or urgent dealing with each one is.

Lists of insect-friendly plants for use in ‘bug banks’, and those for attractive, weed-smothering ground cover.

Advice on clearing weedy ground without doing any back-breaking digging.


A celebration of weeds

“This isn’t a book full of lists of weeds and which chemical to put on them. In fact, it isn’t solely about getting rid of weeds, although identification of some of the commonest garden weeds and how to deal with them make up the largest section of the book. In part, you could see it as a celebration of weeds.”

Buy Weeds…

• Direct from the author in paperback. This benefits me most as an independent author – thank you.

• From your local bookshop in paperback, by placing an order, giving the book’s title and/or ISBN: 978-0-9932683-4-2. *PLEASE NOTE: Due to distribution costs, Weeds will cost £18.00 when bought this way.

In paperback from online bookstores such as Amazon.

Ordering Weeds direct


Weeds can be posted to any garden in the world and makes an ideal gift for new and experienced gardeners alike.

UK ~ 1 copy – £18 (£15 + £3 P&P)

UK ~ 2 copies – £34 (£30 + £4 P&P)

Europe* ~ 1 copy – £22 (£15 + £7 P&P)

Europe* ~ 2 copies – £39 (£30 + £9 P&P)

Rest of world* ~ 1 copy – £25 (£15 + £10 P&P)

Rest of world* ~ 2 copies – £43 (£30 + £13 P&P)

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Weeds: An Organic, Earth-friendly Guide

Weeds will be sent direct from Earth-friendly Books using, whenever possible, reusable, recyclable and compostable packaging, by Royal Mail Second Class post in the UK, and by standard international air mail to European and other countries (*please check which option to select using Royal Mail’s guide here). Despatch is normally within 7 working days of receipt of your order.
Any questions? email john@earthfriendlygardener.net
Weeds: An Organic, Earth-friendly Guide to Their Identification, Use and Control. 142 pages, 2016, Earth-friendly Books, ISBN 978-0-9932683-4-2.

Praise for the new edition of Weeds

“I reckon it’s a must read and I’m going to order a copy of my very own to annotate and get muddy!”

Weeds is a delightful, informative, concise and easy to navigate text. Reading this book, I have a newfound appreciation for so-called ‘weeds’ and will certainly be looking at them from now on with a different perspective.

“There is a photographic identification section which is very helpful for both layperson and expert alike. I found this very interesting, especially as I had been misidentifying a few of them!

“Having recently taken over an allotment fairly close to home (a beautiful site just outside the centre of Southampton on Sandhurst Road) I was delighted to see that it looked as though it had already been dug over. I was told by a fellow plot holder that one of the old boys likes to dig over the empty plots for ‘something to do’.

“This was before I read the chapter on sheet mulching and weed control (and digging!). I had no intention of digging if it had already been done, and was anxious to get things growing before winter set in – even a blanket of green manure would be better than nothing.

“Unfortunately, what on the surface appeared to be merely a light dusting of the usual suspects of annual weeds, and a few more of the pernicious perennials, soon turned into a mission when I realised what exactly the old boy had done. He had merely dug over existing perennial weeds, such as bindweed and creeping buttercup, in addition to plastic rubbish and sizeable fragments of torn up synthetic carpet.

“My dream of sheet mulching went out of the window when I realised I would have to fork the lot over to remove all this detritus. However the book revealed that I could in fact compost perennial weeds in an ex-compost bag. Result!

“The book has also informed me about the ground cover plants I can use to suppress weeds and encourage wildlife, including some I wouldn’t have considered planting – like a creeping plumbago/leadwort which has beautiful blue flowers.

“As for the aforementioned ‘easy to navigate’, the book is very well cross-referenced within the text (ie a page number is given for further information on each weed) and the index is a joy (in a previous life, I wanted to be a librarian …).

“So there you have it … accessible, practical, informative. I reckon it’s a must read and I’m going to order a copy of my very own to annotate and get muddy!”

Ziggy Woodward, Growing Green International, Winter/Spring 2017.


“Clear and concise. All the information you need.”

Amazon.co.uk 5* review, December 2016.


“I found this book interesting, enlightening, honest, practical and sensible.”

“I have been gardening organically since the mid 1980s as well as teaching wildlife and organic gardening. I am now rather particular as to which books I read on this subject.

“This book is a hidden gem! I must confess that I found this book interesting, enlightening, honest, practical and sensible! I liked it because it was written by a true organic enthusiast who has based the book on his own experiences and not a cut, copied, pasted book. I can see the time, effort and trouble the author has had over the years and has passed on his experience and advice. I can almost feel the groans as he finds bindweed on his allotment plot! Down to earth good, honest, practical advice based upon experience. Thats my kind of book.

“The lay out is simple, easy to follow, informative and nicely set out. I have learnt from this book. It covers most of the weeds/wildflowers that may cause problems in your garden. I can’t praise it enough. Packed full of useful, interesting information.

“One thing I would have added would have been photographs of young plants and not just at their flowering stage, as they can look very different at this stage of their life. But hey, that’s another 60 photographs added to the 60 already photographed. I would absolutely recommend this interesting book and believe it would make a thoughtful Xmas present for the gardener in your life.”

Amazon.co.uk 5* review, September 2016.


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