25 DIY Root Cellar Ideas to Keep Your Harvest Fresh
If you live a bit up to the north and want to store your food over the winter without using a fridge, there’s a good solution: using a root cellar. Back in the day before there were supermarkets everywhere, root cellars were used by our ancestors to keep their garden harvest fresh much longer so they didn’t have to keep growing food over the year. It works because the way root cellars are built—surrounded by the earth as an insulator—allow them to keep temperatures inside cooler and more constant than outside.
The good news is that today you can still build a functional root cellar in the corner of your backyard. It is especially useful if you’re living off the grid, don’t want to use too much electricity, or in survival mode (and they can double as a shelter, too). If you want to build one, we have 25 DIY root cellar ideas that you can use as an inspiration. Some of them may take days or weeks to finish, and the others are literally just a box buried under the soil.