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Make Your Own Darn Potting Soil - The CobraHead Newsletter
February 2010

Hello, Friends of CobraHead,

CobraHead supports helping people grow their own food. It's part of our mission, and we are pretty sure that small-scale growing is actually the future of agriculture. We are happy that we have found good partners to help in Haiti.  Of course, we like growing and eating our own food, too.  Both Noel and Geoff have already started lots of vegetable transplants indoors.  Geoff shares his worm casting based potting soil recipe.  Finally, Judy gets the CobraHead team through the Wisconsin winter by whipping up a batch of tortilla soup. 



Homemade Soil Mix
Geoff's Potting MixWondering what to do with your worm compost?  Mix up a batch of potting mix using coconut coir and a few other ingredients.  Geoff shares his own recipe.

Tortilla Soup
Tortilla SoupSouper Sunday has passed but it's still soup weather here. Actually soup weather lasts a long, long time in Wisconsin!  We hope that you canned or froze some of your tomatoes from last season to try out one of Judy's specialties.
Haiti Relief
Haiti FlagRecently, CobraHead teamed up with Just Coffee and Singing Rooster Coffee to support rural development in Haiti.  With the devastation in Port au Prince, both short and long term help is needed.  Find out how you can help.

If you like our newsletter and our products or if you have some suggestions, we'd love to hear from you.

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
HomeMade Soil Mix
Tortilla Soup
Haiti Relief
Tulips, Orchid, Vase

It's garden show season!  The above picture shows our haul from the Wisconsin Public Television Garden Expo, where we have exhibited for the past seven years. We bought the orchid from Mary Stewart of Goin' To Pot Orchids, the gorgeous vase was made by our good friend Michael Schael of Rock Eagle Pottery, and the tulips were given to us at the end of the show by Anneliese's friend Tim Eilbes of Barnes.

Garden shows are a fantastic way to escape dreary winter weather and discover new garden plants and products.  Here are some of the upcoming events where you'll be able to encounter us:

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

3/27 - 3/28
Zilker Garden Festival
Austin, TX

Keep an eye out for upcoming changes to our website.  Newsletter subscribers will be treated to a special preview!

Happy Gardening from the CobraHead Team!

Noel, Judy, Geoff, and Anneliese Valdes
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