Soil Inoculant

Asked November 7, 2019, 6:57 PM EST

I'm planting favas and I read on a website that in order to get the best advantage of the nitrogen fixing properties that I needed to include a soil inoculant. I called Portland nursery to see if they had some, and they said that the current wisdom is that it's neither needed or desired. What is the opinion of the extension experts. Do I need to include a bean soil inoculant with my planting? Thanks for the help.

Multnomah County Oregon soil and fertility issues

3 Responses

Thank you for your question. Our OSU expert has still recommended an inoculant in gardens not recently planted with beans, as recently as 2010, in a recently reviewed article you can read here: https://horticulture.oregonstate.edu/oregon-vegetables/beans-fava I hope this is helpful. Good luck!

Kristena, thank you so much. The information you sent along was very helpful.

You’re welcome! (I learned the hard way!)