10 Things to Consider When Building a Root Cellar

| 10/7/2016 10:35:00 AM

Imagine being able to enjoy fresh, organic produce year-round. Now imagine the same without having to pay outrageous off-season grocery store or farmer's market prices. What you have just imagined is called a "root cellar." The root cellar is increasingly becoming a fixture for both city and country people who don't want to spend too much electricity on a fridge. It doesn't require much space or any significant cost investment to create a root cellar that can serve your family's health and wellness goals all year long.

In this post, learn about the primary things to consider as you are building your own root cellar.

Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose

Building a root cellar gives you a great excuse to poke around in your garage, basement or storage shed to see what materials you already have on hand. Trash cans, cinder blocks, buckets, tires, earthbags, even unused coolers can each make for a great start to your new root cellar.

No A/C, No Heat — No Problem

Root cellars were a fixture on homesteads in the days before modern grocery stores. When the nearest town (or neighbor, for that matter) was a day's horse and buggy ride away, families needed a convenient way to store food for later use. So you don't need to provide your root cellar with temperature control so long as it is well ventilated and located in the right place.

Speaking of Ventilation

An airtight space with adequate ventilation is the key to keeping your root cellar produce fresh and tasty for as long as you want to store it. Without ventilation, you risk spoilage due to mold, mildew, and simple rotting. You can ventilate through the walls or ceiling using simple plastic pipes available at any local home repair store.

9/25/2019 9:08:59 AM

I have stuffed my tube vents with stainless steel pot scrubbers for years and works a charm. Steel wool turns to rust and mice will eat through nylon or plastic so do not try those. Lou

12/7/2016 10:49:35 AM

To gardensinmymind, perhaps instead of screen you could try a piece of row cover over the vent shaft...

12/7/2016 10:49:15 AM

To gardensinmymind, perhaps instead of screen you could try a piece of row cover over the vent shaft...

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