Earlier this year I discovered part of my bean stash was completed destroyed by bean weevils. Undetected overwinter, they’d multipled and devoured nearly my entire bean seed stash intended for sale. Luckily, or so I thought, I had two reserves. My personal seed stock was in the fridge overwinter, and the harvest intended for eating had been stored airtight in the pantry all winter.
I poured out a jar to make beans yesterday and this is what I saw. I could cry.
I swapped beans from my personal stock this year, thinking they’d be safe. Now I need to send a warning to everybody who got beans from me. Please check them. I feel awful, I hope I didn’t send pests out to anybody else. I hope the refrigerated beans are safe, but I’ve since learned to prevent weevil infestations dry beans should be frozen for two weeks after harvest. Some of my seeds are kept in the freezer, but I honestly can’t remember at this point if beans were among them.
It’s a fine reminder of the risk we take in swapping. I consider myself an advanced gardener and I’m persnickity about seed saving techniques – and these still got by me.