DIY Cold Storage Root Cellar Ideas

Be Creative and Discover How You Can Build a Simple Cold Storage Root Cellar

Cold Storage Root Cellars are just one more way to preserve your garden harvest much longer using Nature’s help.  The are key factors for extending the life of your produce you should get as close to as possible.  The three basic conditions the ideal root cellar should provide are:

  1. Humidity:  High humidity is essential to effective root cellar storage. Root crops and leafy vegetables do the best in 90 to 95 percent humidity. Providing   moisture helps prevent foods from shriveling.  Who knew?
  2. Ventilation: Circulate air to help keep the root cellar at a low temperature and tends to prevent condensation which is very bad for your produce.
  3. Temperature: Be sure to keep a thermometer in your storage area.  It is important to try to maintain a fairly constant 32 to 40 degree temperature is ideal.  40 to 50 degrees is fine, but it will reduce the length of time the food will keep.
Root Cellar
Root Cellar

Common Vegetables That Do Well in Root Cellars and Their Average Storage Life

  • Beets                                 1-3 Months
  • Celery                               2-3 Months
  • Pumpkins                        2-3 Months
  • Rutabaga                         2-4 Months
  • Jerusalem Artichoke     2-5 Months
  • Parsnips                           2-6 Months
  • Cabbage                           3-4 Months
  • Winter Squash                3-6 Months
  • Turnips                             4-5 Months
  • Sweet Potato                    4-6 Months
  • Carrots                              4-6 Months
  • Potatoes                            5-8 Months
  • Onions                              5-8 Months
  • Garlic                                6-7 Months
  • Horseradish                    10-12 Months


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