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    I had a problem with bean seeds once that I had in a swap. I did my homework and read it that you could just freeze them in a tub which would kill off anything that was in the seed. Take them out of the freezer keeping the tub closed until they were defrosted. They germinated fine.

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    Should have read JJs post before posting!
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    Thanks everyone
    I had another trug of kale seedheads and they had the same little critturs in
    I'm going to scatter the lot in the chook's spare run. If they grow, (the kale not the bugs) the chooks can scoff the lot. Don't want to pass on any infested seeds, nor do I want to store them.
    Bit of wasted effort but never mind, there's always next year
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    Would the seed sink if it was all put in a bucket of water.
    But then, for the price of some seed, is it worth the effort?
    I think your plan of the spare run sounds best.
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    I left my all my pea seeds hanging around too long drying and they got infested with bruchid beetles (aka pea and bean weevils, although they are not actually weevils). They were hatching out in front of my eyes, leaving great big holes in the seeds. I discovered the remedy is to freeze them exactly as you said, Scarlet, so I'm pleased to hear that yours germinated OK afterwards. And I'm hoping I still have some that haven't had all their innards eaten away. There could be some that look ok but have unhatched frozen beetles inside.

    From what I read it seems that females will lay a few eggs in the pods before harvest, but mostly they multiply after harvesting. Sealing seeds into airtight containers, e.g. ziplock baggies, as soon as they are dry enough can also help to stop seed pests multiplying and contaminating other batches.

    I don't know if mites can actually damage seeds or maybe they just eat the debris around them, but I think your seeds would be fine for sharing if you freeze them, VC. It would be a shame to waste them if they are rare varieties, especially since not many people bother to save brassica seeds.
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    Freezing a couple of bugs won't hurt VC get some in the freezer..... I thought you loved experiments!
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    OK, I'll bung some in the freezer and keep some out - then try germinating them - see whether there's a difference.
    They're from my tall unknown variety perennial kale and Asparagus kale which is also several years old. They flowered at different times so shouldn't have crossed. However, I don't know which is which as I didn't bother to label them as I was going to chuck them.
    So, even if they're viable and survive the freezer and the bugs, nobody will want them as they won't know what they are!!
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    Now I know what all the brassicas were that came up in the old chicken run. The chooks have enjoyed eating them.

    How they were in June - and I didn't freeze the seeds.

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