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Dec 28, 2012 12:36 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Reminds me of a time when I had a broken foot, and I was laying in bed about 3 AM and heard chewing inside the wall, and it wouldn't stop and was driving me crazy, so I figured that I'd drill into the wall to see how bad the termites were...

When I pulled the drill bit out, angry wasps came pouring out of the hole!!! I screamed my head off, and ran away on one foot. I had a little bit of sense about me that night, because the next morning when I went to check, the drill had been stuck back into the hole and spent the night hanging on the wall like a post-modern art piece.

I've learned my lesson about insects. Pea weevils and corn moths are the worst seed pests for me after mice. I freeze all my seeds as soon as they are dry enough. That kills the seed insects. I delayed shipping my box for a few days this hoggy swap because some seeds hadn't been cycled through the freezer yet. I know that y'all are sending such beautiful clever seeds to me, and would never intend to send me bugs, but bugs are sneaky, so all incoming seeds also go into the freezer for a few days before I put them on the shelf.

I think that after this growing season that I will quarantine my garden against the arrival of any new garlic cultivars.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: Lofthouse

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