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Garden Planning for the New Year - The CobraHead Newsletter
January 2010

Hello, Friends of CobraHead,


Despite a cold snap here in Austin, we are still enjoying fresh broccoli and greens from the garden and gearing up for spring planting, which starts right about now.    It is a different story in Wisconsin, where my dad, Noel, takes advantage of the time off from the garden to lay out his 2010 crop rotation plans.  Judy wants to keep everybody warm by sharing a recipe for purple pea soup.  Of course, composting remains a year-round endeavor, and Anneliese complements the traditional compost with vermiculture.  



From Small Plans Many Veggies Grow
Noel's Garden Plan

It helps to have a plan. For business, for life in general, and certainly for growing plants to eat, planning gives you some control of the future. Noel discusses the system of crop rotation used in his raised bed vegetable garden.

Phil's New Digs
PhilWe've written before about the importance of worms in the garden, but did you know we keep them in the house, too?  Vermicomposting has been gaining a lot of popularity lately, and it's actually a pretty fun and easy thing to do.  Anneliese's worms (a.k.a. Phil) have been hard at work producing some rich, uh, compost, and this month she decided it was time to harvest some.
Purple Podded Pea Soup
Capucijner Pea SoupA hearty soup can be great comfort food during the cold winter months.  One of our household favorites uses the Capucijner purple podded pea.  Judy explains her soup-making methods and how to use a pressure cooker to cut way back on the cooking time.

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If you have gardening friends or if you know potential gardeners who might be interested in CobraHead and what we have to say about gardening and eating, please forward this newsletter to them. 
It is the mission of CobraHead to help people grow their own food and to provide exceptional products and services to all gardeners.  We try hard to "walk the walk" when it comes to issues of sustainability and in deciding what is best for ourselves and the environment as we grow our little company.  We've chosen to make our tools locally, here in Wisconsin, and we think that bigger is not necessarily better.  Gardening might just be earth's great hope, and in any case it's a great hobby.
Thank you,
Noel, Judy, Geoff and Anneliese
The CobraHead Team
In This Issue
Garden Planning
Worm Composting
Purple Podded Pea Soup
Geoff and Anneliese

Mmm, broccoli!

Over the weekend, Anneliese was fortunate enough to pay a visit to her big brother Geoff in Austin, TX.  Here they are posing with some of the broccoli that's growing in his garden.

Late winter and early spring is when you're likely to find us at a garden show.  Here are some of the events we have coming up:

1/22 - 1/24
Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show, Eugene, OR

1/28 - 1/30
Texas Organic Gardeners & Farmers Association Annual Conference, San Marcos, TX

2/12 - 2/14
Wisconsin Public Television Garden Expo, Madison, WI

2/25 - 2/27
MOSES Organic Farming Conference,
La Crosse, WI

2/28 - 3/7
Philadelphia International Flower Show, Philadelphia, PA

3/6 - 3/14
Chicago Flower & Garden Show,
Chicago, IL

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Happy Gardening from the CobraHead Team!

Noel, Judy, Geoff, and Anneliese Valdes
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