the fact is that i do not have a root cellar, nor the space or wherewithal to create one outside. i need to come up with a workable system that can reside in my basement.
already from my reading i learned the errors of my way with my impromptu carrot cellar last year: no air flow and i left it outside during a particularly cold winter. i will not make that mistake again!
i've found these two articles rather enlightening:
- apple and pear storage article from the Oregon State University.
- winter vegetable storage article from University of Missouri.
- apple storage article from Purdue University
the carrots, beets, and few radishes and turnips have been doing well in plastic bags in the vegetable drawers of my additional fridge, so i think i will continue that trend. however, if i want to put more away (which i am seriously considering) i may make something outside of the fridge space.
i will get a crate set up for the potatoes and the winter squash can live in a basket or on a table in the basement.
depending on the load of apples and pears i pick up in portland (Portland Nursery apple tasting event is in a couple of weekends) they will either live in the fridge in brown paper bags, or i will pick up some luggs and store them alongside the potatoes and squash.
i'm taking a mid-week day off tomorrow to focus on harvesting the last of the summer's bounty—nothing like the threat of a frost to set one into motion. the next few days will be dedicated to preparation for the fall: canning, freezing, drying, saucing—and finding space for everything.
one big last hurrah before dark days (speaking of which...) set in and my energy is devoted to staying off of the couch.