Coat of the Earth

“Coat of the Earth: The Story of Grass” by Eleanor B. Heady  (1968)

A well written, quick little read.

Beautiful drawings (by her husband).  I especially liked the one showing three common American grasses, with their roots, extending sometimes up to 4 or even seven feet below the surface.

Heady mentions thatched roofing, as a “skill that is disappearing.”  Yet, forty years later, still hasn’t died out, because just last week BBC-4, mentions the British still keeping the skill alive.

The chapters concern the major grass crops, bamboo, turf grass, & ornamental grasses. So only a tip of the variety that’s out there.


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