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  1. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I just had a crazy idea. I am looking to build a root cellar, but I have a huge pantry (walk in closet size) in my 1st floor kitchen. Do you think if I insulated the door and drilled a hole straight through to the outside for a vent system it would stay cold enough in the winter? I have looked...
  2. Gardening and Agriculture
    I just now got another bucket of carrots and a few potatoes out of the root cellar for the pot-luck at church Sunday.... they have been in there since mid - October. The carrots were laid in layers on damp sand in 5 gallon buckets (at left, showing them laying in sand).. They are still as...
  3. General Homesteading & Building
    I am new to the forum, but have been looking for a while. I see a lot about root cellars, but I can not figure out what will work for me. I'm thinking an old freezer would be best, but am afraid the water would seap in. Our land is totally flat. Our winters can get -20 with heavy snow and...
  4. General Homesteading & Building
    I am looking for an economy way to build a root cellar. I have explored the idea of using a precast concrete box such as a ceptic tank and checked with the companies that make them to see if something is available that would be suitable but have come up empty. Are there any ideas of using...
  5. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I wanted to throw out this idea to the group. Long term food storage requires a cool dark place. I own 1/2 of a double house with no front yard and a very small back yard. I have a full basement, but It still warms up near 80 during the summer. I only run the a/c if I really need to and only...
  6. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    This project is one of the longest running projects we have ever had here on the homestead. It began about 4 years ago and we are just now finishing it in time for this falls harvest. When we began digging way back when we were simply going to dig in to the side of the hill and then once...
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