At the root of this fava bean plant are nitrogen nodules. This plant along with the peas, Barley, and fetch that are also growing behind me take nitrogen out of the air and fix it to the roots. 2 months ago this hillside was full of weeds. We dug 2 shovels deep into the soil, turned it and then put a mixture of premium soil builder cover crop.
Now it’s time to chop the crop down leaving the foliage on top of the soil as a green manure to decompose. The roots and the nitrogen will feed the soil.
In 4-6 weeks the soil will be ready to plant your favorite crops.