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A Custom-Made Root Cellar

Root cellars are as practical today as they were in the past. Learn how to build your own root cellar.


build a custom root cellar

Read about constructing a root cellar--complete with a shed over the top! 

In this online exclusive you'll also find tips for storing your produce and other items underground. The article "Putting Down Roots," which appeared in the September/October 2008 issue of Hobby Farms, offers even more advice.

Read a related article: "Produce Bound Underground" by Rick Gush.

Want a Root Crop Recipe or two?

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Would the root cellar be a safe place during a tornado?
C Max, Enid, OK
Posted: 4/8/2014 5:38:58 PM
Good article!
Randy, Van Buren, AR
Posted: 4/7/2014 2:34:58 AM
We fitted two 6-foot long vinyl pipes, 4-foot in diameter, into two of the four aeration holes on the short end...

But the aeration holes are only 4-inch holes???
Teeno, Spring Hill, FL
Posted: 5/17/2013 9:09:42 AM
Really love the structure portrayed in the plan.
I'm going to try to persuade a friend to build one exactly like that (or, close to it) in her property of about 10 acres. At 37 years old, she's actually becoming to be an avid gardener. I don't think I will have to work hard convincing her.

Thank you for the information.
Dante, Hyde Park, MA
Posted: 1/8/2013 5:50:19 PM
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