24 Aug '12, 5pm

For crisp carrots in midwinter, you're gonna need a root cellar. Here's #howto build it: #diy #locavore

For crisp carrots in midwinter, you're gonna need a root cellar. Here's #howto build it: #diy #locavore

The following is an excerpt from Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables From Your Home Garden All Year Long by Eliot Coleman . It has been adapted for the Web. No one wants second best. A slimy cabbage from a dingy corner of the basement will never compete with the crisp specimens on the vegetable shelf of the supermarket. Wilted, dried-out carrots look unappealing next to the crunchy, plastic-wrapped beauties in the refrigerator. When home storage is unsuccessful, a case can be made for artificial refrigeration. But the cabbage need not be slimy nor the carrots wilted. A properly constructed root cellar does not take a backseat to any other method of food storage. It is no great feat to manage a simple underground root cellar so that the produce will be equal or superior in quality to anything stored in an artificially refrigerated unit, even after long periods of storag...

Full article: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/eliot-coleman-creatin...

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