I think they repond faster if you soak the beans in lukewarm water for a couple of hrs first, DV.
I always grow Jade bush beans and Purple Podded pole beans now. I like being able to save their seeds. Also definitely Scarlet runner beans.
This year, I'm also trying Dragon's Tongue bush beans, Rattle Snake pole beans, and Good Mother Stallard pole beans.
I'm tending towards beans that can be harvested as green snap beans, green shell beans, as well as dry beans with good flavor. But I'm still trying out different kinds.
Also growing the Pinkeye Purple Hull southern peas that have been highly. recommended here as well as Zipper Cream.
For yellow, I have Marvel of Venice pole (flat pod type) and Yellow Pencil Pod bush. Let me know if you find a favorite.
I love the Jade bush, Purple Podded, and yellow colored beans combination since even though the purple turns green, it's dark olive green and the color combination is fabulous. I do want to find a round purple pod type to complete the variety in shape since my Purple Podded pole beans are flat pod type.
I saw another bean variety I wanted to try -- I *think* it was Matador -- in Vt. Bean Co. catalog but didn't get it this year. Honestly I grow way too many/much beans every year since I'm somewhat allergic to them and can't eat too much and my kids only eat a limited amount -- one will always say yes to the runner beans in green snap stage though she's picky and says they aren't as good if harvested too young. DH says "I don't eat beans" (but I sneak them in omelets, soups, and fried rice
). I think my cats appreciate them the most since I give the frozen beans as treats.
I think logically, using the inoculant this time around is the right answer. You *may* already have the bacteria in the soil from the manure and compost you've trucked in though.