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Old 02-27-2009, 01:12 AM   #1
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Letís say Iíd like to convert another area of my lawn to a place to grow pole beans and some peas. I have a friend who has some inoculants she used for her beans. She offered to give me what she has left since her microbes are established in her soil. She thinks her inoculants are 2 years old but could be older. Can I take her inoculants that are free to use or do I have to buy fresh? Whatís the shelf life on these products?
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Old 02-27-2009, 10:07 PM   #2
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This past year I had to go through this with all the spices in my kitchen cabinets. What a learning experience. My guess is the shelf life is going to vary depending on which type of inculant she is giving you. I don't think this is a one size fits all. You might want to buy fresh inoculant unless someone definitively say they know the answer. Does she still have the packaging? What about checking the packaging for an expiration date?
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Old 02-28-2009, 11:23 AM   #3
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They are not expensive. I'd go with freshly purchased for the best production.
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Old 02-28-2009, 09:05 PM   #4
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What about checking the packaging for an expiration date?
No packaging left.
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We've never, ever used innoculants in the garden, although Dad was a soybean farmer and purchased innoculants for the soybean crop. You don't need innoculants to grow beans - they are used for "optimum production".

Unless the beans in your yard struggle, I personally would use the free ones. If you don't need them in the first place, it doesn't matter if they're 100% effective. Any extra benefit they give would be "lagniappe" - a little something extra.
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:03 PM   #6
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There are some plants that really need an inoculant. Beans would probably be ok without one however the area I'm clearing was lawn. I think I need to jumpstart the microbial activity even though I'll be relying heavily on composts.
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There are some plants that really need an inoculant.
(ears perking up here) That's new info to me. I've only paid attention to innoculants in conversations with beans. What else uses innoculants? Inquiring mind wants to know!
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Old 02-28-2009, 10:37 PM   #8
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Lupinus perennis for starters. That needs a rhizobium inoculant. Many orchids require mycorrhizal inoculants or you will not get any germination. There are so many.
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Sorry - I guess I'm a veggie head too. Forgot about flowers for a minute.
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