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  • Joined May 2016
Root cellar
« on: March 22, 2020, 06:57:22 pm »

I’ve just seen in one of my magazines about root cellars. I haven’t seen or heard of these before but it looks like it could be an interesting project to to help keep root crops fresher for longer, and with all this extra time at home at the minute it might be worth looking at.

I do already have a cellar in the house which isn’t really used yet, not sure if this works in the same way.

Has anyone built one of these before?
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  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
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Re: Root cellar
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2020, 11:08:02 pm »
What were the magazine's instructions for how to build a root cellar?

Our house is on solid rock, so no cellar, but one would be very useful for storing root veg and apples.  Currently we store ours in the scullery which is far from perfect.

My inlaws house had a huge cellar, which was full of a rather good train layout!  My parents stored the apples in what had been the 'dunny' or 'outhouse' before we lived there.  There was still an old Elsan sitting inside  :eyelashes:

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  • Joined Dec 2009
  • St Boswells, Scottish Borders
Re: Root cellar
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2020, 11:59:45 am »
Yes, plastic buckets, lined and covered with dense wire mesh (rats/mice) and filled with sand, vegetables layered without touching each other. Works but things like carrots, parsnips etc will start growing again and they will still loose moisture.


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