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Don't Let Your Asparagus Loaf - The CobraHead Newsletter
June 2010

Hello, Friends of CobraHead,

The garden business has its own seasons that parallel actual gardening.  The rhythms of these two activities converged this past spring.  Somehow, amongst the flurry of fulfilling orders and sowing seeds, we overlooked the April and May newsletters.

But we have lots to share.  In both Austin and Wisconsin the bounties of our harvests inspire us in the kitchen.  In this issue Judy shares her recipe for Asparagus Biscuit Loaf, modified from an old family favorite.  Noel shares his Open Raised-Bed gardening system in detail via a video presentation as well as his weed based soil fertility method.   And we continue to have the good fortune of working with people who take seriously the benefits of grow-your-own like Ronnie Mdawida of Wongonyi, Kenya.

Happy Gardening,


Open Raised Bed
Noel's Garden Beds
Raised Bed Gardening
Noel recently gave a presentation on his raised bed gardening system at the University of Wisconsin Medical School.  The UW videotaped the presentation and have made it available to the public.  The video is in a cool dual format that shows Noel talking side by side with the images from his slide presentation.  Check it out here.
Asparagus Biscuit Loaf
Asparagus Biscuit Loaf
Don't Let Your Asparagus Loaf
Our asparagus patch is on the down swing here in Wisconsin but obviously this dish is quite adaptable to whatever vegetable is in season.  Very filling, it's a quick dish to make and not as complicated as it might seem.
CobraHead Tools in Kenya
CobraHead Tools in Kenya
Gardening in Wongonyi
We have been fortunate to be able to work with The Ronnie Fund to get some of our tools into the hands of Kenyan farmers.  Learn more about this empowering project here.
Noel's Squash Bed
Noel's Squash Bed
Weeds and Compost
Far from being purely malevolent invaders, weeds have become a major element in Noel's garden fertility system.  He explains his weed composting system here.

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
Raised Bed Gardening
Asparagus Biscuit Loaf
CobraHead Tools in Kenya
Weeds and Fertility
Anneliese's Rose

Growing food thrills us, but we like flowers, too.  Anneliese has been busy identifying the myriad of ornamentals at her new home in Wisconsin.  In Austin, the bougainvillea in Geoff's yard only seems to look better the hotter that it gets.

For those of you in the Wisconsin area, we will be exhibiting at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair, MREA, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 18-20 in Custer, WI.  It is one of our favorite events of the year. 

Happy Gardening from the CobraHead Team!

Noel, Judy, Geoff, and Anneliese Valdes
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