The Q&A Archives: Inoculating Peas

Question: I have planted snap peas and they are just beginning to sprout. I just received a sample of pea inoculant. Will it do the peas any good to sprinkle it on the soil now? Is that a waste of time. Should I save it and use it next time?

Answer: The inoculant is used to coat seeds prior to sowing. Save the inoculant for next time you plant seeds. Then, just before planting, moisten the seeds and shake them in a bag with the powdery innoculant until the seeds are coated. Inoculant contains helpful bacteria that take airborne nitrogen and make it available to legume plants such as peas and beans.

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