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The Cultivator
Riding the Gravy Train
The CobraHead Newsletter
January 2017
In This Issue
Talking Gardening
Mushroom Gravy
Storing Potatoes
Hello, Friends of CobraHead,
Welcome to the new year! It's going to be our best garden year ever. I may have said that before, but this time I really mean it. We've got the tools, we've got the talent!  All we need now is spring, and that's only about two month's away.

In this issue of our newsletter, we talk about working as garden writers to promote our company.  Judy shares an excellent mushroom gravy recipe, and Noel explains some improvements he made to his potato cold storage system.  

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

We've had to become garden communicators to help promote our company.  Writing blogs, giving garden talks, writing advertising,  Noel is now a part time garden writer. 

Sweet Potatoes with Gravy

More creative ways from Judy to use up our humongous sweet potato harvest.

Cold Storage
Storing Potatoes

Noel Improved his straw bale cold storage system by replacing some straw bales with insulating panels.  It's working well.

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
Bowling Ball Turtle

Most gardeners in the north get a long vacation from garden chores in the winter. No weeding or tending to crops. Here in southern Wisconsin we get a longer break than most. January brings the signs of a new season with garden catalogs showing up and emails announcing what's new,  but it really is the slowest month of the year as far as garden work required

Judy and I were vendors at a Master Gardeners conference in Wausau, Wisconsin last Saturday. Wausau is only about 150 miles north of us, but the weather difference is noticeable. As we drove north from the Madison area, the snow depth kept increasing and their high temperature was almost 10 degrees cooler than ours. I respect the gardeners of the north and I'm in awe of those who garden way up by Lake Superior and the Upper Peninsula. In awe, but not in envy. It's cold enough way down south where we live.

Since we run a garden oriented business, we are talking gardening and working with other gardeners. I give garden talks at shows and conferences and I'm putting together some new presentations. Both Judy and I write blog posts about gardening or using up the garden harvest with recipes. So we don't ever totally walk away from gardening for very long. I'm okay with that, as I really do see gardening as a hope for all of us to make the world a better place.

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. Kate Hoff signed up at the recent Garden Visions Master Gardener Conference in Wausau, 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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