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Spring Harvests and Plantings - The CobraHead Newsletter
March 2010

Hello, Friends of CobraHead,

One of my favorite aspects of gardening is watching how seeds, bulbs, and small transplants unfold into beautiful and edible inter-cascading arrays.  Even familiar plants offer suprises when grown with new companions or in different climates.  More and more I am applying the idea of plant guilds to my yard.  My garden training took place in Wisconsin and after ten years I am still learning the secrets of the central Texas climate.  Luckily, a couple of times a year the duties of the family business take me  to Wisconsin and I can still eat the food, like sweet potato latkes, that Noel and Judy both grow and cook.  We invite you to try something new in your garden this year.



Peach Tree Companion PlantingPeach Tree Guilds
Geoff talks about some ideas that he has implemented from the book Gaia's Garden.  The area around his peach tree now looks better, has less weeds, and provides its own fertility.
Sweet Potato LatkesSweet Potato Latkes
You may not have noticed, but we are mad about sweet potatoes.  Geoff is trying to convince his mom to compile a book of sweet potato recipes.  See her latke technique here.
ParsnipsSpring Parsnips
Parsnips are easy to grow and taste great.  Even better, they can be harvested in both the fall and the spring.  Find out more about this underused root crop

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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
Peach Tree Guilds
Sweet Potato Latkes
Spring Parsnips
Spring Crocus

Just in case no one's mentioned it, Spring is here! Above are two of many crocuses that appeared this week at Anneliese's new house. She's going to have all sorts of discoveries like this one as the year goes on.

We have been busy, attending both the Philadelphia International Flower Show and the Chicago Flower Show.  Noel gave a talk about his raised bed gardening methods at the Chicago show.

Both Noel and Geoff have their hands full with indoor vegetable starts.  Those of you in Texas will be able to see Geoff at the following events:

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

4/8 - 4/10
Texas Master Gardener Conference
Dallas, TX

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Happy Gardening from the CobraHead Team!

Noel, Judy, Geoff, and Anneliese Valdes
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