DIY Root Cellar from a dead freezer

13 Dec

If you’re a gardener you know that storing your home-grown veggies and fruits is the step that lets you enjoy your produce even in Winter. Freezing is a great way to eat fresh veggies all year but even if your freezer dies you can bury it and use it as a miniature root cellar.

Country living weblog Joyful Home did just that when they stripped out the working parts (if your freezer has freon inside do the responsible thing and dispose of the chemicals properly), cut two small holes in the sides which were attached to PVC pipes for airflow, and buried the chest freezer up to the lid. Next covers were added to the PVC to keep out rain, mice, and insects and a piece of insulation was cut and mounted to a tarp which covers the lid.

This repurposed chest freezer was packed full of potatoes which lasted from the Fall harvest well into Spring. The PVC air vents with capped tops and holes in the sides were added to circulate air to the moist potatoes to keep them from rotting. This setup should work with any of your major root vegetables (carrots, parsnips) and might also work with hearty produce such as onions and cabbages.

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