From do-it-yourself project instructions to fruit and vegetable storage guidelines, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Guide to Root Cellars is your one-stop shop for reliable building, maintenance and storage tips for your root cellar.
Building a root cellar not only saves money at the grocery store on out-of-season fruits and vegetables, but it also allows you to live well and independently. With a well-planned root cellar, your produce storage can expand from the storage standbys like carrots and potatoes to make room for fresh tomatoes, crisp apples and even juicy melon. Through years of experience, our experts show how to build and maintain a root cellar of your own and properly store your fresh, organic produce to enjoy year-round.
Build Your Own Root Cellar
Pushed aside by the development of refrigeration technology, root cellars made a comeback among homesteaders in the 1970s and 80s.
Storing crops in a passively cooled basement root cellar is one of the most efficient ways to preserve food.
Building a root cellar took longer than the author thought, but once completed it was an effective structure for year-round food storage.
Five easy ways to store fresh food for winter right in your garden — it’s as easy as tossing a bagful of leaves over a patch of carrots!
If you’re aiming to save money, live a more sustainable life, or simply stock up on the best-quality produce from farmers markets, a root cellar can be a wise addition to your country, suburban or even urban homestead.
This guide to root cellaring will teach you everything you need to know about building and using your own root cellar to enjoy a year-round harvest.
A 5-gallon bucket and bucket-size hole are all you need to make a simple root cellar for carrots.
What started as a broken refrigerator destined for the garbage dump turned into a sustainable and inexpensive way to store vegetables.
Check out this novel way to create a backyard, underground food-storage facility.
Store vegetables underground safely by building your own root cellar, a concrete wall structure.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS gives readers information on a build it yourself food storage chest that acts like a portable root cellar to store vegetables.
With this novel technique you can make an earthbag building to serve as a studio, garden shed, chicken coop, or root/storm cellar — no permit required!
Learn how to build a small, water-tight cave that's perfect for storing vegetables or for using as a private retreat.
Build a wood box, bury it part way in the ground, lay on a cover, and viola! You have an outdoor cold cellar to store vegetables for the winter.
An alternative to building a root cellar is storing vegetables underground using a plastic storage box underneath a hole, mounded with leaves or sawdust.
Decide for yourself with this guide to converting an old refrigerator into a root cellar.
Take inspiration from this article and find unconventional spaces in your home for produce storage.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers receive guidance on roof safety when installing a roof, and using a chest freezer as a root cellar.
This article contains excerpts from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS ALMANAC, a 384 page book of recipes, tips, hints, projects, and other assorted ephemera for people wishing to lead a self-sufficient life.
These unique root cellar plans show you how to build a root cellar for food storage by adapting a new concrete septic tank.
Root Cellar Management
Root cellaring can help you enjoy fresh produce all year long.
Learn proper root cellar ventilation techniques from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS experts.
In this installment of their regular column, Helen and Scott Nearing answer reader questions about effective root cellaring, mulching materials, other topics relevant to homesteading.
Storing Your Produce
Keep winter vegetables fresh underground, including guidelines for preparation, curing, and storage.
If you time the harvest right and pay attention to your post-harvest handling of vegetables and fruits, you can get the most of your storage crops.
A well-stocked root cellar can help ease the transition from winter to spring and help us be more prepared in post-September 11 America.
You can learn the best crops to grow or buy, and how to store fresh vegetables year round.
Be more self-reliant by using natural cold storage.
Mary Lou Shaw preserves her summer’s harvest by freezing, canning, drying and winter storage in a homemade, basement root cellar.
It is possible to preserve food without refrigeration by canning, drying or using a root cellar.
Learn the best tips for drying, freezing and canning food, including a list of the methods that are most suitable for preserving different kinds of food.
Our favorite old-time food preservation methods include canning and storing food in a root cellar, drying fruits and vegetables and pickling.
Richard Langer explains how to preserve your harvest for winter by drying fruits, fermenting sauerkraut, building root cellars and churning homemade butter.
Turn your pantry into a movable feast with fresh crops stashed in these stackable produce storage bins. The plans offer two versions of DIY storage bins: tall and short. Best of all, these pantry storage containers can be easily moved from the garden to the house and back again.