This year, our garden manager Emily decided on planting several different varieties of beets that are bred to be well adapted at storing over several months. Although we had quite a few set backs with beet germination, seedlings getting chomped by rabbits and groundhogs eating the roots later in development, we still managed to produce an impressive amount of beets to put up for next year’s cohort. In total we stored 30 pounds of beets and have consumed at least 30 pounds already in the kitchen. As an added bonus from the beets, we either cook up or freeze the hearty beet green leaves. Tastes like spinach!
WHAT IS A ROOT CELLAR?
Our root cellar is dug into a hill, providing insulation underground on all sides but one (where the entrance is located). Ideally this room will have even, cold temperatures. Variations up or down of even 5 degrees can cause new sprouting or rotting (which you don’t want to happen).
WHEN TO PULL ROOT CROPS OUT OF THE GROUND
STORAGE PROCESS OF A BEET
INTERESTED IN CREATED YOUR OWN ROOT CELLAR?
- Check out:
1-Two are Keeping the Harvest, by Nancy Chioffi and Gretchen Mead
2- Root Cellaring, by Mike and Nancy Bubel
3- The United States Department of Agriculture publishes a series of free home-building booklets.
Nick Wittkofski reenacting a scene from Raiders of the Lost Arc.
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