An Easy Method for Storing Vegetables Underground

An alternative to building a root cellar is storing vegetables underground using a plastic storage box underneath a hole, mounded with leaves or sawdust.

| August/September 2000

If you need a makeshift root cellar dig a hole as an easy method for storing vegetables underground. 

First I would like to say I have enjoyed getting a lot of ideas from MOTHER EARTH NEWS for years. Here's a good one I came up with. I have no place to build a root cellar where I live, but to keep my potatoes, carrots, cabbage and turnips in the winter I dig a hole at the end of my garden and put inside a plastic storage box with holes drilled in it. Then I mound leaves or sawdust over it — both work the same when it comes to storing vegetables underground. When the snow and cold comes I just dig into it and get out what I want. I got out my last turnips just the other day, and this is the middle of March!

C. Ashley
Orleans, IN

Brenda Harvey
1/27/2011 4:20:01 PM

This is a wonderful idea. However, I live in south Louisiana and I wonder if this will work in my area?

Brenda Harvey
1/27/2011 4:14:27 PM

This is a wonderful idea. However, I live in south Louisiana and I wonder if this will work in my area?

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