Mini-root cellar.

Mini-root cellar. You could do a whole series of these, right in the garden. Even just digging a little, placing containers in the middle of the hole, and then stacking straw bales around and filling in the spaces with mulch. In the spring you would also have some good compost!

http://www.motherearthnews.com/do-it-yourself/mini-root-cellar-zm0z10zhun.aspx

 

 

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Refrigs Of different styles

Ice storage

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Quote:

For sweet, crisp carrots all winter, we always left them in the ground under a thick layer of leaves or straw to keep them from freezing. But digging carrots in midwinter was not my idea of fun.

I wanted a better way to store the carrots, so I made a miniature root cellar right in the garden. First, I cut the bottom from a 5-gallon bucket. Then I dug a bucket-size hole in the ground just deep enough so the top of it was flush with the ground. I filled the bucket with just-dug carrots, placed the lid on the bucket and plopped a bale of straw on top for insulation.

My winter carrots stay sweet and crisp — just as they did in the ground.

Chriss Stutzman
Navarre, Ohio

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