How To Build A Root Cellar
Summer is a wonderful time where our fruits and vegetables ripen, and we get to enjoy all the scrumptious flavors fresh from the garden. But then winter rolls around and we begin to buy sad vegetables from the grocery store... unless you know how to build a root cellar and you start stocking away that precious produce. It's a perfect way to save money, since the end of the season hauls are super low priced since the farmers are eager to get rid of the remainder of their crops. Of course they certainly keep a lot for themselves, but there's a lot that would go bad if they don't sell them.
If you're into the whole self-sufficient group, then this is one of the staples of any home hoping to fend for itself. Not only will you save a ton of money from skipping out on the grocery store, you will also get the benefit of having higher quality produce through those hard and cold dreary months of winter. You may be aware that the way food is grown, how fresh, how they're processed, whether they've been grown organically or not, all of these things affect the nutritional value of the food. Organic produce can be prohibitively expensive, so one way to get around those steep prices is to simply grow the food yourself, or buy it in bulk from a local producer. Either way you're going to need somewhere to put all that food, so a root cellar is the perfect solution.
You can make super simple versions but like all things, when you cut down on costs and quality, usually you end up paying for it in the long run. So it's best to just make it once and make it well so that you save time, effort, and money. In this article there are great pictures demonstrating each step that these people took to show you how to build a root cellar. This root cellar is a bit labor intensive but it will last an incredibly long time, not to mention the size can hold a good amount of preserves and food. They even added a barn hut on top for additional storage facilities. Or it could be used as a workshop. Either way it's a great way of making the most of the space available. First they dug a large rectangular pit using a tractor. Then they proceeded to lay down the cement foundation, and slowly built it up with concrete. Then the finishing touches consist of the wooden supports, followed by the shelving units.
From there it's just a matter of filling up the root cellar with whatever your heart desires. Of course some of the most common staple items in a root cellar are things like potatoes, carrots, garlic, onions, apples, and other things that do well in a dry and cold environment. Then you have anything you canned that will happily stay down there for quite some time. So if you've ever been interested in how to build a root cellar, now you have your plan, and there's no excuse not to get started.
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