Ok, so I really am a noobie. I have read a few things about inoculant but I don't really know what it means or whether I should do it with the cowpeas I ordered. Is there a post or an article that someone can direct me too? I hate asking questions that have probably already been answered. Sometimes I have the time to search the forums before I ask, but other times (-like now when I'm trying to post this before the rest of the work-hive wonders where all the keyboard clacking is coming from) I only have a couple minutes to ask the question. Soil refresher: Sandy (receded riverbed) almost complete shade. Heavy cover from fall leaves, mostly Sycamore, and some other broad, maple-looking leaf I haven't Identified yet. (last fall I collected and started composting them, but I don't know what kind of long-term effect they have had on the soil before I got there). I ordered a soil test but of course I get a note that afternoon saying that kit was backordered a couple weeks. Cowpeas will be here over the weekend. I've looked up my growing zone as specifically as possible...so far the best guess is 8-11.
TC, thanks for your input - and everyone. I appreciate it as I go forward.