Preparing veggie bed before planting
This is my second year growing an organic veggie garden. Last year I mulched the bed (35'x40') with straw. I let it overwinter on the bed. I also left all the veggie plants in their place (they died and dried up). Since we had an extremely dry winter, the straw is still in great shape. Today I took out all the veggie plant skeletons and am ready to prepare the soil for planting. I have all my starts.
My question is this: is it bad to reuse the straw from last year? Keep in mind that it has some plant debris (old, dried-up leaves, some stems) from last year's veggies (tomatoes, squash, beans, cucumbers, etc.). I'm worried about any diseases that may have overwintered in the straw or plant debris.
If I need to use new straw, what do I do with the old straw (it's a lot of straw!)?
Thanks in advance.