We returned to Bethany on June 7 to try seeding again a few days after the land was roto-tilled with a large tractor and six-foot tiller.
When we arrived, the soil looked a little better, and there were small tillage radish seedlings on the strip we seeded.
We seeded the tilled land to get an even covering of tiller radish, oats, and rye. We went back and forth and up and down the garden to get good coverage.
Our goal is to add lots of organic matter to the soil with the roots of living cover crops, and also incorporation of the entire cover crop. This gives soil organisms lots of food to grow and multiply. It is also a weed control method. We were also hoping the tiller radish would loosen the soil.
We returned to Bethany on August 2 to find the cover crop struggling. It was not lush and green. The stand was thin, but it was a cover crop nonetheless.