Originally uploaded by mulysa_may
All of that cover crop is coming in handy as we prepare beds for planting. The straw that protected new shrubs over the winter is laid down in the raised garden, and covered with the green manure (cover crop mix) that I cut down in a different bed that I planted today (the root portion with the nitrogen nodules got mixed into the soil there). A final layer of 3-way mix (composted bark, sand and organic composted cow manure that we purchased but in the future will be compost from our bins) tops it off.
The straw is carbon-rich, the living green material is full is nitrogen and this should attract a lot of worms, microbes and other soil life and become a wonderful bed for growing veggies.