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Aaron Festa
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Next year I think I will trying inoculating my seeds prior to planting. Is this something that needs to be done once? Meaning when the bacteria and fungi are present from the first inoculation will they still be present in the soil the following year? thanks
 
John Elliott
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The general answer is yes, they do stick around.

Now when enormous monocultures are planted in legumes, there couldn't possibly be enough carry-over so that each plant will get a good dose, so that is why you see pre-inoculated soybeans. Also, it may be possible that all that herbicide/pesticide/fungicide that the farmer sprayed last season made it hard for any beneficial commensal bacteria to stick around. So they inoculate.

But enough about those people in industrial agriculture. In the Permie world, we are constantly inoculating our plants, our soils, our waters. We want the diversity that is the diametric opposite of monoculture. You can inoculate by having a bird feeder and encouraging wild birds to drop their little packets of inoculate on your garden. You can inoculate by hauling in swamp water and watering with that instead of city treated water. You can inoculate by taking a walk in the woods and collecting mushrooms and blending them up into your compost tea. But whatever you do, don't wait until next year to inoculate.
 
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