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Root cellars are just fantastic. They were essentially the first refrigerators built. They can keep your fruit and vegetables good all year round by keeping your food 40 degrees lower than the summer temperature outside and in winter the root cellar will keep the food just above freezing.
Making a root cellar is really easy and I would highly recommend any one that wants to be more self sufficient build one. They are great and work really well. They do not take up much space so even if you have a small garden having one is still within reach.
In addition to raw produce, root cellars are excellent locations for a number of other foodstuffs as well. Storing beverages, like wine, cider and beer, all enjoy the cool, dark environment of a root cellar.
I have had a lot of messages over the years asking about pests getting in to root cellars. Yes. rats and mice are actually the ones that get in and can ruin your hard work by eating all of your food. This is easily fixed by installing wire mess on the ground and any gaps you might have. Most people miss this important part of building a root cellar.
Check out how to build an earthbag root cellar for cheap in the link below and if you actually build one please send us a photo. We love to see what you guys get up to 🙂