Root Cellar Diary: Aftermath

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April 8, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Rotting squash. All thats left of my root cellar. Courtesy David Hammond.JPG

Rotting squash. All that's left of my root cellar. Courtesy David Hammond.JPG

Root Cellar Diary: Aftermath
Winter is over; spring is here; we no longer need a root cellar.

Will I have a root cellar next year? Hell’s yeah! And every time I go downstairs to pull out an onion or a bunch of spuds for dinner, I will thank the lord that I’m not a sodbuster relying upon this single store of goods to get me through the winter.

I planted peas in my garden today.

We picked up our first CSA vegetable shipment last week.

It’s official: winter is over; spring is here; we no longer need a root cellar.

Fact is, we never needed a root cellar because, you know, it’s 2012.

Still, during the colder months, it was nice to have a big walk-in refrigerator, and it was super convenient having a lot of vegetables available whenever we needed them.

During the past winter, I learned a little about managing a root cellar, like “Be vigilant (especially regarding rodents and rot)” and “Keep the damn place humidified.”

I also learned we don’t like squash. When I went in to check out the cellar last week, I found a large container full of rotting squash that we just never got around to eating. I realized: I don’t like squash.

Will I have a root cellar next year? Hell’s yeah! And every time I go downstairs to pull out an onion or a bunch of spuds for dinner, I will thank the lord that I’m not a sodbuster relying upon this single store of goods to get me through the winter.

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One Comment

  1. Rob Gardner says:

    Who needs a root cellar?

    - Those who fear the worst, perhaps the Mayans were right. They’re ready to survive.

    - Those who have no access to fresh food during the cold season; perhaps they live in a little house on a prairie.

    - Those who want to eat as much of their food as possible to be locally grown, so they put away for times when local food may not be readily available

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