Answer: Inoculant is a good idea, especially in new gardens. Inoculant is a beneficial nitrogen fixing bacteria which is mixed (shaken or stirred) with seed for legumes such as peas and helps increase yield and enrich the soil. Inoculant is usually sold for specific plants (eg peas, snap and dry beans, lima beans, fava beans, etc.) so be sure you are using the right kind for the plant you are growing. Since it expires, you should use a fresh batch of inoculant each year, and plant the seed just after it is treated.
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