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Sweet Potato Chili and More Greens - The CobraHead Newsletter
November 2010
Hello, Friends of CobraHead,

I just returned from my garden where I grazed on Broccoli Raab, Chinese Kale, nasturtium leaves, chard, fennel, parsley and even a few mostly ripe sungold tomatoes that somehow escaped the couple of light frosts that we have had in Austin.  With just a little protection, I am able to eat greens all winter long from my garden.  Up in Wisconsin it's a different story.  Noel's garden beds rest under a protective blanket of snow.  That doesn't stop him from gardening now that he has a grow light set up in the basement.  Judy keeps everyone warm with Sweet Potato Chile and Enchiladas.


We have a couple of holiday specials for you as well.  We selected two packages that we consider useful to hands-on gardeners.  We don't sell anything on our website that we don't use ourselves.


Do you have favorite winter gardening activity?  Drop us a note.  We take pleasure in talking gardening through the long winter nights.


Happy Gardening,



CobraHead Starter Set
CobraHead Starter Set

Holiday Gift Specials from CobraHead

 We've put together two collections of essential garden gear at discounted prices.  The CobraHead Starter Set includes a CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator; the Garden Padd, our favorite kneeler; and the book Good Bug, Bad Bug by Jessica Walliser. Together, these three items are a great package for any gardener, whether new or a seasoned vet.

Garden Essentials Package
Garden Essentials Package

The Garden Essentials Package includes the CobraHead Weeder and Cultivator, the Garden Padd, and the Brook & Hunter Border Fork. Make your weeding and digging easy and comfortable with this very practical collection

of garden gear.

Sweet Potato Chili
Sweet Potato Chili
Judy's Sweet Potato Chili and Enchiladas

Sweet potatoes are back! We had another fantastic harvest which will keep us in these orange delights all year. They'll be making their way into all sorts of soups, stews, roasts, stir fries, curries and who knows what else?

Make a double batch of this chili and have enough left for an easy meal the next day. Disguise that extra chili inside some great tortillas, add a little sauce and some cheese and a different meal is born.  See both recipes here.

Salad Greens
Noel's Salad Greens
Indoor Greens Part II
In the last newsletter, Noel wrote about his grow light set up for winter greens.  Three weeks later, we are already harvesting delicious salads.  See how he manages the production here.

Want your gifts to arrive on time?  The US Postal Service recommends mailing items by December 20th to ensure packages arrive by the 24th.  Our standard free shipping services are First Class Mail, Priority Mail and UPS Ground.  While we can guarantee that orders received by 2pm Central will ship the same day, we cannot guarantee the delivery times of our carriers during the busy holiday season.  If you need guaranteed delivery, please call us at 866-962-6272 for expedited shipping services. We will continue to ship orders through noon on December 23rd. 

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
Special Holiday Offers
Sweet Potato Chili
Indoor Greens Part II
Geoff's Winter Garden
Geoff's Winter Garden

Geoff sent over the picture above of his garden in Austin.  He's got a lot of things growing as he describes in the lead-in article to the newsletter.  Well, no worrying about plants or weeds or much of any outside garden-related activity here in Wisconsin for quite a while.  Five degrees Fahrenheit solves any weed problems.  The ground is frozen solid, and any leaves that I failed to collect are under the snow.  So it's time to enjoy (or endure) the winter outside as much as possible.  All garden activities are moved indoors until at least late February, when the 2011 outdoor season kicks off as I prune the fruit trees. 


I've ramped up my indoor growing activity significantly, which I describe here.  I'm also preparing to get a little head start outdoors in March as I've just built a cold frame.  I've never used one before, so it will be interesting.  I'm guessing that mid-March will be the time to try it out.


We grow a lot of our own food, but by no means do we grow the majority of what we eat.  That goal is quite unrealistic for us, as it is for most people.  However we grow what we can and we encourage others to grow their own as well.  Without getting too political, I have to say that the food situation both here in the US and around the world is in a sorry state of disarray.  Most people do not eat good food and what is delivered to us by the mainstream food pipeline is very questionable both in terms of its nutritional value and the economic and ecological effects of the agricultural practices used to produce it. 


It will take a major agricultural revolution to set things right.  While I'm not yet drumming up support to man the ramparts or take to the streets, better food should be a goal for all of us.  Think of where your food is coming from.  You are what you eat.  We need more farmers, not fewer, and we actively support a return to small farms as part of a solution to the food issue.


We are eagerly looking forward to the holidays.  Geoff will be coming up to Wisconsin at Christmastime for a couple weeks, so we'll all be together.  We want to wish all our newsletter readers an excellent holiday season and certainly a very Happy New Year from Noel and the CobraHead Team!

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