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The Cultivator
Prelude to Spring
The CobraHead Newsletter

In This Issue
Veggie Shepherd's Pie
Wood Garden Flats
Hello, Friends of CobraHead,
Wisconsin has its own weather forecasting groundhog in the town of Sun Prairie, 20 miles from here, so locals don't have to rely on the advice of Pennsylvania's Punxsutawney Phil to determine whether spring is coming sooner or later.  Like Phil, Jimmy the Sun Prairie groundhog, is often wrong.

Jimmy predicted six more weeks of winter, but last week it was 70 degrees and it looks like spring will be here sooner than normal. March can be dicey, but the long term prognosis from the Weather Service, who I trust more than any groundhog, is for a very mild start to March.  We'll be in the garden sooner, than later. 

Are you ready for spring? Drop us a line at
Happy gardening,
Noel and Judy

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Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

Judy's Veggie Shepherd's Pie is a great way to use up left over mashed potatoes.

Old Wood Garden Flat
Old Wood Garden Flat

Most of Noel's wood flats are over 20 years old and still working fine.  They are easy to make, rugged and useful.

Stir Fry
Stir Fry
Bok Choy Tofu Stir Fry

Here's a stir fry served over  fancy Somali Bantu rice.

I f 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, and Andy Young
The CobraHead Team
Flat of Copra Onions
Flat of Copra Onions

I've got two flats of onions and a flat of leeks started and under lights in the basement. That's pretty much it for gardening activity for the year, so far. That will change as spring unfolds, but I really can't do too much until after I return from the Philadelphia Flower Show, which drains two weeks of my life this time each year.

The Philadelphia show is our biggest venue and it is a grueling event. 10 straight days of manning a booth, talking with thousands of people, and hoping to come out of the event with some profit, some good contacts, and in good health.

If you've never attended the Philadelphia Flower Show, it's an event anyone who likes gardening or flowers should do at least once. It is billed as the world's largest indoor flower show. The themed exhibits most years are spectacular and the horticultural displays are always beautiful.

We've been doing the Flower Show since 2007. For the first time, I won't be taking Judy but instead will be working with our part time employee, Andy Young. I'm sure Judy will be happy for the vacation.
We had a winner of a $50 gift certificate. We solicit e-mails at trade shows for our newsletter and offer a gift certificate as an inducement. Jennifer Wirth signed up at the recent Wisconsin Garden Expo in Madison, Wisconsin. Congratulations!

We'd like to remind all our readers that we love to grow our own food and to help others do the same. We post articles about food growing and cooking with home grown food on our website blog, and we almost always have a discussion or several going on about food and growing on our Facebook page. 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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