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Alternative root cellar year 6

root cellar alternative supplemental heat

The carrots survived last night's temperatures in the refrigerator root cellar.

Experience tells us that when it gets down in the teens we need the above supplemental heat to keep our carrots from freezing.

A thermocube kicks on when it gets too cold and shuts off when it gets above 45. The Kill a Watt meter is there to tell us how much electricity it uses.



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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