Florence and I recently attended a weed walk hosted by Caboolture Seed Savers at Northey Street City Farm. A lot of great information was provided, it was focused on the nutritional benefits of weeds rather than from a gardener perspective.
I discovered that there is a FREE service available to the public to identify weeds. They can be taken to the Brisbane herbarium to be identified either three over the counter, or up to 10 plants can be sent via post under the correct guidelines. http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/wildlife-ecosystems/plants/queensland_he...
There are a couple of books that looked really interesting and I will be borrowing them from the library to see if they are worth investing in.
Does anyone know if there is such a thing as information about WHY particular weeds grow and what deficiency / problem they are indicating exists.. preferably a book with pictures.
To try and clarify what I mean, basically I want a picture of the weed and then information such as if it is shallow or deep rooted, what kind of soil it prefers and if there is any pH they prefer etc. Also ideally if there is an edible alternative that can be planted in that location that will do the same job as what nature wants the weed to do.
I remember Anthony talking about it once, something like deep tap root weeds are found on heavily compacted soil and are natures way of correcting an imbalance... they can therefore be replaced with other tap root vegetables such as carrots to perform the same job.