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Asparagus Salsa and Limes in Containers - The CobraHead Newsletter
June 2012
Hello, Friends of CobraHead,

Welcome to summer, although in Austin our summer-like weather starts in April.  Still, this year has so far been much milder than the record heat and drought of last summer.  We haven't hit the triple digits, yet.

I've been enjoying hot peppers, tatume squash, sun gold tomatoes and slicing tomatoes, green beans, yard long beans, cucumbers, basil, papalo, chard, purslane and more.  I planted okra late this year, but I should still be harvesting the pods in August and September.  I'm also harvesting limes, which I talk about in a post below.

With the onset of the true heat now, I won't be planting any more crops until the fall garden starts in late August, with the exception of experimenting with more hot weather greens like purslane.  With drip irrigation I should be able to keep many of the already established crops productive throughout much of the summer.  Micro-greens started indoors and taken outside only during the milder morning sun help round out my vegetable production.

We received many great entries in our photo contest.  See Noel's sidebar for the winners.  Also in this issue, Noel presents the Gulland Forge Broadfork, and Judy shares a recipe for roasted asparagus salsa.

What is your favorite heat loving crop?  Drop me a line at

Happy gardening,

Noel and Gulland Broadfork
Noel with the Gulland Forge Broadfork
 Gulland Forge Broadfork

CobraHead is pleased to announce that we are now selling the Gulland Forge Broadfork, hand made by blacksmith Larry Cooper.

A broadfork is a tool that many vegetable growers depend on.  The broadfork is used to break open, loosen, and aerate the soil of beds and garden plots, and prepare the ground for planting.

Read more about the broadfork and how Noel uses it in his vegetable garden.
Mexican limes
Geoff's container limes
 Growing Limes in Containers

You too, can grow limes.  Limes require less heat than other citrus to ripen and can be grown in a large pot in a sunny location.

See how Geoff grows his here.

Asparagus Salsa
Judy's Roasted Asparagus Salsa
 Roasted Asparagus Salsa

Still have asparagus?  Then try this recipe.  You won't be disappointed.

Click here to see how Judy tweaked a good recipe to make it excellent.


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 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
Gulland Forge Broadfork
Growing Citrus in Containers
Roasted Asparagus Salsa


Paul O'Day-Photo Contest Winner
John O'Day-Photo Contest Winner
We are happy to announce the winners of our Facebook photo contest.  First Prize - $200 cash - is awarded to Paul O'Day pictured above using his CobraHead® Long Handle for just about everything in his good looking vegetable garden.

Our Second Prize - a CobraHead Garden Essentials Package (CobraHead® Weeder and Cultivator, Garden Padd Kneeler and Brook and Hunter Garden Fork) is awarded to Vicki Sappington, who with the help of her dog, Blue, is weeding a flower bed.

Our Third Prize - a CobraHead® Weeder and Cultivator goes to Mike Avila showing that a CobraHead Weeder is good for both weeding and setting pavers.

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos.  Making the final choices from many good photos was a difficult task.  You can see the three winning entries here and all our entries here.

And we have more winners!  $50 Gift Certificates awarded for signing up for our newsletter go to Gloria Gibson, who signed up with CobraHead at the recent Texas Master Gardener Conference in San Antonio; Susan Weber, who wins for signing up at the Klehm Arboretum Garden Fair in Rockford, Illinois; and Malisa Niles, who visited our booth at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair last weekend in Custer, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin weather continues to be warmer than normal and we are not getting much rain where I live, so I'm having to water the garden regularly.  However, northern Wisconsin is being inundated, and Superior, Wisconsin across the river from Duluth, Minnesota is experiencing devastating flooding.  Too bad they can't even that rainfall out.  I'm sure the people up north would be happy to share.

The garden is doing well, although I had a woodchuck incident that set my cole crops back significantly.  If you don't have to deal with groundhogs (woodchucks, ground squirrels), consider yourself very lucky.  They are voracious and fairly indiscriminate eaters, although lettuces, cabbages, beans, and peas seem to be the menu they prefer.   They denuded my cabbage crops, but the plants are still alive, so I'm hoping some TLC will allow them to come back and still deliver some edible broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage.  The woodchucks have since gone into semi-seclusion and my trapping efforts, so far, have not caught the offending critters.

An effect of the warmer than normal weather is the early ripening of my garlic crop.  Most years, the garlic is ready to harvest in mid-July.  This year, the flags are already browning out, the scapes have set, and I think we'll be harvesting next week, two to three weeks ahead of normal.

We post articles about food growing and cooking with home grown food on our website blog, but note that we almost always have a discussion or several going on about food and growing on our Facebook page.  Please check it out.

We'd like to remind all our readers that we love to grow our own food and help others do the same.  You can help us spread the word by forwarding this newsletter to a friend and if you have any gardening questions, drop us a note.  If we can't help you we'll find someone who can.

Thanks for reading our newsletter.

Noel and the CobraHead Team

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