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Dec 31, 2012 12:31 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

Around here, I am blessed with a cold garden, which freezes many species of plant pests (both microorganisms and insects) during the winter. Then we don't get them again until a southern monsoonal wind pattern blows them back into the garden. Some years they never arrive again.

Pea weevils are interesting to me, because they obviously survive the winters here, but they are thoroughly killed by the freezer both as larva and as adults. (The eggs are already hatched before I pick them.)

I don't know about all bugs, in all stages of development, but so far, all of the seed eating insects I have encountered were killed by being cycled through the freezer. One time I had to cycle a bag of corn seed through the freezer twice. I guess that caught the little buggers in a different stage of development.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse

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