If you look at our raised beds, they are topped with green vegetation. The cover crop I sowed quite late last fall began growing right about Christmas time. I am thrilled that it actually sprouted and is growing well. I purchased the Organic Soil Builder from Peaceful Valley, which contains vetch, oats, peas and beans ~ all of which will be turned into the soil a couple of weeks prior to planting in the spring. *Note: remember to purchase the inoculant recommended. Many people are now including "green manure" (cover crops such as crimson clover) to increase the fertility of their soil. I decided to go with a more complex version for our garden. I've read good reviews about this seed combination and benefit to the soil.
A closer look at these workhouse "high nitrogen" plants.
And, I discovered the rhubarb is just beginning to burst through the soil...
Cold winter weather on the horizon, so I'll be cutting branches from our Christmas tree to cover these young plants and keep them insulated.