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Post  llama momma 1/22/2013, 9:13 pm

Too many carrots and short on storage? How about a mini root cellar?

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Post  sfg4uKim 1/22/2013, 9:29 pm

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Post  cheyannarach 1/22/2013, 10:29 pm

This is a super cute idea, but I am going to throw newbie question out there since I have never really had enough to store that long... What is the differece between storing them in the bucket outside or the fridge? Is it just to save room in the fridge or does it make them store better?
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Post  GloriaG 1/22/2013, 10:37 pm

I wonder if this would work in the south where our temperatures get hot fairly quickly in spring.

Other than canning or freezing, is there a good solution for storing vegetables like winter squash, potatoes, onions, carrots, etc. in warm climates? We would grow more for storage if I had a better way to store them.
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Post  sfg4uKim 1/22/2013, 10:47 pm

GloriaG wrote:I wonder if this would work in the south where our temperatures get hot fairly quickly in spring.

Other than canning or freezing, is there a good solution for storing vegetables like winter squash, potatoes, onions, carrots, etc. in warm climates? We would grow more for storage if I had a better way to store them.

What about dehydrating?

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Post  GloriaG 1/22/2013, 11:08 pm

Hi sfg4uKim,

I guess that would work - but there's nothing like having fresh.
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Post  llama momma 1/23/2013, 2:31 am

So Sorry ladies I really don't have the answers to all those questions, just wanted to share another storage option, perhaps call your extension service foryour local expert opinion.
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Post  littlejo 1/23/2013, 7:37 am

In the South it is a sort of a problem storing some veggies in the winter. Some things, esp. sw potatoes, which I have lots of, don't like being in the frig. I just put them on the porch, with a tarp under and over them. We have high humidity, and very little cold. The tarp sort of keeps them cool. If I get more produce, I will have to think about ways to store.
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Post  cheyannarach 1/23/2013, 10:14 am

GloriaG wrote:I wonder if this would work in the south where our temperatures get hot fairly quickly in spring.

Other than canning or freezing, is there a good solution for storing vegetables like winter squash, potatoes, onions, carrots, etc. in warm climates? We would grow more for storage if I had a better way to store them.

Do you have a basement?
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Post  Shelby Lou 7/16/2014, 10:37 am

We store ours in our crawl space, however , when I say crawl space , I should say, unfinished basement as our ceiling height in that area is 8 feet, but the floors are still dirt. The temps in there stay at about 65 degrees year round here in Knoxville, TN. We built a rack to hold the 50 gallon, plastic drums, opened the sides to make large storage bins, and stacked them 3 high on the rack.
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