Monday, May 2, 2011

The Head Gardener Is Feeling Generous ...

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!

20 comments:

Layanee said...

I have one so no giveaway necessary here but let me add my praise to yours concerning this little tool which does so much with little effort. Dandelions...begone!

getgrounded said...

Cindy, I already have one, so don't enter me in the contest. I want others to have a chance to get one of these indispensable tools. Whenever I work in the yard, I usually just walk around with my kneepad, trimemrs and Cobrahead. I dig holes, clear weeds, fluff dirt, everything!

Gail said...

Believe it or not~ I don't have one! I would love to be in the drawing! I usually let dandelions stay, but, I have no problems removing the vincas! gail

Davy Barr said...

Wow, I don't have one of these, but you sure do make me want one.

Itsa said...

I enjoy your blog. I've been reading for about a year now. I just completed building a potager and could really use one of these!

Leslie said...

I love mine too...so don't need to be in the drawing. Just want to add my comment about what a great tool it is for so many things in the garden. They make great gifts too!

Houston Garden Girl said...

I'm perplexed by anything other than a trowel, so if I win you'll have to teach me how to use it.

Meadowview Thymes said...

I don't have one and would love it! I always love info on a new gardening tool! My newest love is my fiskar pruners!

eva said...

I'd love to have one! I've just started investing in quality tools and have only a couple that I think will stay with me for years. The cobrahead would be a great addition! Love your corner!

Wayne said...

Looks like the perfect thing to root out that nut grass!

Wayne

Rebecca said...

It is so great to have people with "connections". I don't have one but would even be interested in seeing a demonstration. It looks too simple to be so useful.

Rebecca

TexMike said...

I can sure use a weeder.

David said...

Wow! Count me in!
I have a bent piece of metal that I use on a wooden stick. Isn't that sad?
Thanks for a fun opportunity.
Can you post a RAINfall giveaway soon? I'll sign up a hundred times in a row...one for each day we haven't had rain.
David/ Tropical Texana

Cypresslily said...

If I win, I promise to do a rain dance every day until we get caught up....this is getting sad.
This handy tool sure will help in my veggie garden.

Jacqueline D'Elia said...

I have one Cindy, but if I win, I'll give it the young couple that love gardening and just moved in two doors down. She'll love it.

Susan in western NC said...

I have one and liked it so much I got one for my mother but I'd sure like to be able to give one to my brother-in-law. He's new to gardening but loves it and is getting his kids involved, even if they sometimes pull out the good stuff as well as the weeds.

susan
cinco_00 at yahoo.com

Cindy, MCOK said...

Many thanks to all for entering! I'll announce the winner tomorrow morning!

flamingo said...

This looks like a great tool so count me in

flamingo said...

Count me in - looks like a great tool

the meandering path said...

our favorite gardening tool!