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Encouraging New Gardeners - The CobraHead Newsletter
October 2010
Hello, Friends of CobraHead,

Last night I re-read some of my blog posts from previous years.  It helped me to remember when and what I had planted and harvested from my garden.  Seeing past successes keeps me motivated and reminds me that the effort put into planting and weeding does pay off, giving me food that I can't get anywhere else.

Working with new gardeners also motivates me.  Whether it's with school gardening programs or with older folks who have finally been able to take the time to garden, I get great pleasure from knowing that someone gets a concept that I have just explained. 

We encourage you to help and encourage new gardeners.   Check out our new gardener contest below and share with us your own victories.  Then take a break and savor some of Judy's eggplant parmesan.

Happy Gardening,

Geoff
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New Gardener Contest!
Do you know a young gardener who you would like to help succeed? We would love to know more about them.  Tell us about a young or new gardener in your life, and you could win great prizes for that gardener and yourself!  Click here for details.
Aubergine Extraordinaire
Eggplant Parmesan
Eggplant Parmesan
Anneliese has always been a picky eater and never cared much for eggplant.  However, she eagerly anticipates Judy's delicious eggplant Parmesan.  We think that you will like it, too.  Judy also explains how to make a dairy-free version. Check out her recipe here.
From sod to garden bed in less than three hours.
Compost in the new garden
Building Gardens, Building Friendships
At CobraHead, we encourage people to grow some of their own food, and we like to help out when we can.  Last week, Geoff helped establish a new family garden in Austin.  Check out the process of turning hard clay sod into a raised vegetable bed 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
New Gardener Contest
Eggplant Parmesan
Creating Gardens in Austin


Squash Harvest

October normally brings the first heavy frost to Wisconsin, although we've escaped a hard freeze so far.  My squash plants crashed after three nights of temperatures in the low 30's so I've harvested them and just about everything else in the garden.  Now I'm trying to clean up my beds before the cold October rains show up.  I'm hoping I can get the garden in order and drag the leaves into the beds while it's still nice outside.  As in all years, this garden was unique and interesting. 

I started a lot of things late, and a lot of things did not get planted at all.  No brassica, other than the volunteer kale and mustard.  So no cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or cauliflower, but I didn't have to worry about white cabbage moths and their nasty green worms, my most hated garden pest.  No carrots, either.  Well a few, but it was a crop failure. The onions didn't do well, but the leeks came in fine.  Not to worry, we have friends who garden and sell produce, we have the wonderful Farmers Market in Madison and a very good food co-op, so we'll find good substitutes for those things we did not grow.

What we did grow mostly turned out quite well, and successes more than offset any failures.  Tomatoes, which last year were a disaster due to the late blight, came in just fine.  We are still harvesting beets.  The eggplants were the best ever.  Even the beans produced exceptionally well in spite of being half eaten by deer.  Winning at home gardening often means just growing a lot of different things.  Most of what you grow will come through.  We encourage all who are able to grow their own food.  It can save you money and is very often the best food there is. 

We like to hear from you, so send us a note, post a comment on our blog or Facebook page, or say hi if you see us around.   Happy Gardening from Noel and the CobraHead Team!

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