Store Root Vegetables This Winter

December/January 2005
http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/store-root-vegetables-this-winter.aspx




If you still have some root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips or beets, in your garden, here are a few tips for storing them through the winter.


  • If you mulch heavily to prevent the ground beneath the mulch from freezing, you'll be able to leave your root crops in the ground to overwinter.

  • If you'd rather dig them up as you need them through the winter, just cover the area with a waterproof cover that will help prevent moisture from causing the ground to freeze.

  • You can also try burying a container, such as a cooler, in the ground before it freezes. Then pack your root veggies into the container with sand or straw, and pull them out as you need them for cooking.

  • Another option is to keep them in a cold corner of your garage or shed. A little frost can actually make them sweeter, as starches convert to sugar, but don't let them freeze completely.

  • When looking for spots to store your root vegetables this winter, just experiment. Find any place! These crops are remarkably tolerant of cold. They'll even stay fresh in the refrigerator for a very long time.