Temporary Root Cellar Update

Temporary Root Cellar covered with snow in February 2011

I though I’d write a update report on our temporary root cellar.  It is working like a dream.  Now that the snow is so deep that it is too much work to harvest the hearty kale and cabbage out of the garden, we have turned to our stores in the temporary root cellar.  Everything is storing beautifully.  I had fully expected that we would have to share our stores with some of the local wildlife but, so far, we haven’t had any uninvited guests.  When we started constructing the temporary root cellar, I had thought about making cages for the stores out of hardware clothe but decided that for only one season that it would be too expensive.  I am very grateful for this turn of events….

The heavy coat of snow over the hay bales is insulating the “room” beautifully.  The humidity is above 90% and the temperature is a steady 40F.  It just goes to show that low tech, low cost, do it yourself, solutions can work we just have to be creative and adventurous to find them.


About thegreenlifefarm

The Green Life Farm welcomes people who are on a path toward sustainability, increased environmental consciousness and mindfulness. We are 80% food self sufficient, off the grid for lighting, have reduced our wastes by 90% and have become more and more producers instead of consumers. The Green Life Farm is a place to meet kindred spirits and experience how it could be to reconnect with people and nature. Our farm is always open to visitors interested in alternative energy, living, thinking, building, husbandry, forestry, cooking and farming. In summer, our place is open to campers. Our names are: Bonnie and Sylvain. Calling 902-665-2084 is best because we are not online, thegreenlifefarm@gmail.com, every day. You are welcome to bring your pet. Be ready to use an outhouse! All visits include harvesting (even in winter), preparing and sharing a meal…and good discussions
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2 Responses to Temporary Root Cellar Update

  1. sherrieg says:

    What a gorgeous picture! I’ve been dreaming of a root cellar lately and can’t wait to find more info here on how you built yours. I stumbled over here from Lauren’s blog, and am in Yarmouth. It’s so nice to find other Nova Scotians out there, doing amazing things. 🙂

    • Hi Sherrie,
      A pleasure to find another sistah from the underground movement! You can check out the video about our temporary root cellar posted on this blog. We will be finishing the “real” root cellar this warm season. If you are visiting up in the Valley please feel free to stop by and check us out. Welcome-Bonnie

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