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

Iíve just seen in one of my magazines about root cellars. I havenít 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 isnít really used yet, not sure if this works in the same way.

Has anyone built one of these before?


  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • ScotHebs
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.


  • Joined Jun 2012
  • Devon
Re: Root cellar
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2020, 05:32:51 pm »
We're on solid clay with a high water table, not ideal for a root cellar. Instead, I built a stud walled room in the barn clad with some 4" celotex left over from a building project. the concrete floor helps keep it cool and, while it's not as cool or stable as a proper root cellar, it makes for a decent pantry.


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