Legume Family Untreated Seeds should be inoculated prior to planting to enable plants to take nitrogen from the air to use as fertilizer. This generally increases the quality and quantity of the crop. High-quality compost is one of the best ways to introduce these beneficial microbes; if you’re lucky enough to have some around.
A garden inoculant is really just anything we use to bring beneficial microbes into our gardens.
These microbes are often deficient for various reasons, but if we can get more of them back in there, they:
- Make nutrients available to plants and even feed them nutrients and water directly
- Protect plants from disease both in the soil and above ground
- Improve the structure of the soil so it has the right amount of air spaces, water spaces, nutrient availability, pH, etc.