Inoculants for bush snap beans

I live in Portland. I want to plant bush snap beans and pole beans in a place that has never had beans before. I've been reading that I need an inoculant to make the most of the nitrogen fixing benefits from the beans. So I have several questions. Is an inoculant a good idea? What is the name of the inoculant for bush snap beans (rhizobia phaseoli???) and pole beans (Rhizobium leguminosarum???)? Where can I buy these? Naomi's said that they were having trouble getting any and Portland Nursery said that they don't recommend it any more. And I don't want to buy something off of Amazon that will be a waste of money. Finally, what is the best way to apply (soaking the means, putting the inoculant in with the beans when they're planted, etc)? Thanks for the help.


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