Not everyone has access to a root cellar. But there are other ways to store your harvest effectively.
Look for a cool, dry place in your house. This could be a closet, a corner of the cellar, or even an unheated mudroom.
Different vegetables require different storage conditions. Understanding these can help prolong the life of your harvest.
Root crops like beets and carrots prefer cold, moist conditions. They can be stored in damp sand or peat moss.
Apples, pears, and potatoes prefer colder but drier conditions. They need extra air circulation to keep them dry.
Onions and garlic prefer cool, dry conditions. They can be stored in a dry, unheated spare room or closet.
Sweet potatoes and winter squash prefer slightly warmer conditions. They can be kept in a dry basement or closet in the home.