Since the Head Gardener's return from her April 1st adventure, she has been a stern taskmaster indeed, proving that my title of She Who Must Be Obeyed is nominal at best. The continuing combination of drought and high temperatures, augmented by wind gusts up to 20 mph, has taken a severe toll on my corner of Katy. Having previously decreed that the poppies be removed, she then turned her attention to the rapidly declining toadflax, larkspur and violas. She recommended (nay, demanded) that as we removed those spent plants and a few unwelcome weeds, we also work on gently loosening the parched and nutrient-deficient soil.
Our tool of choice for these arduous and time-consuming tasks was our trusty Cobrahead® Weeder and Cultivator, the invention of Noel Valdes. I purchased my first Cobrahead from Noel's son Geoff at a farmer's market in the parking lot of Austin's Wheatsville Co-op way back in 2002 when they first started marketing their product. I'm proud to say I was one of the first gardeners to use the Cobrahead® . That first Cobrahead® is still in regular use and as I posted last summer, it has been joined by two others.
My Cobrahead made the daunting task of cultivating my depleted soil much easier and as I worked, I thought about how grateful I was to have such an excellent tool at hand and how I wished more gardeners had the opportunity to use one. The Head Gardener suggested that perhaps the folks at Cobrahead® would be willing to provide one for me to give away on this blog. I e-mailed Noel and he most graciously agreed.
All you have to do to be the lucky recipient is leave a comment on this post. I'll pick a winner on Friday, May 6th. This is my first ever giveaway and I'm very grateful to the Cobrahead® folks for making it possible!