This is a list of books that has given me both practical information and inspiration. I love hard copy. Sophisticated electronics are not compatible with soil and water. Perhaps, there is a lesson there……. Of course, the best way to figure out “how to do it” is by asking your neighbors who root cellar and your own experience. Your micro climate will have a big effect on how you proceed. Try to have an idea when the ground freezes out where you live. In Northern Quebec, I had to start harvesting at beginning of October while here in Nova Scotia I can push harvesting back until late November.
If you live in the North and want to save seeds for biannuals like cabbage and broccoli, a root cellar is crucial unless you can over winter the plant safely in a cold frame. A friend of mine pulls up a few of her cabbage plants at the end of the season. Replants them in a bucket her root cellar and then plants them upside down, that is, head in the hole, in the spring for them to go to seed.
- Root Cellaring by Mike and Nancy Bubel, Rodale Press, USA
- The New Seed-Starter Handbook by Nancy Bubel, Rodale Press, USA
- Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth, Seed Savers Exchange, USA
- The Essential Root Vegetable Cookbook by Sally and Martin Stone, Clarkson Potter Publishers, USA
- Keeping Food Fresh by the Gardeners of Terre Vivante, Chelsea Green Publishing, USA
- Four-Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman, Chelsea Green Publishing, USA
- Farmers of Forty Centuries by F.H. King, Rodale Press, USA
- The Post petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook by Albert Bates, New Society Publishers, USA
- The Encyclopedia of Country Living, Carla Emery, Sasquatch Books, USA
- Vegetable Gardening, Dick Raymond, Garden Way Publishing, USA