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Stashing away root crops for the winter

Fridge root cellarThe very best carrots ended up in the crisper drawer of our electrified fridge (which we use nearly 100% for that purpose). The rest were deemed goat carrots and headed over to the unelectrified fridge root cellar.

Which forced me to admit that we might actually run out of room in our fast, cheap root-cellar alternative this year. Because there are lots of mangels in the garden that will need to be harvested before our first hard freeze, and the carrots alone nearly fill our in-the-ground fridge up.

Of course, I'm still not sure whether Abigail will lower her standards enough to eat a mangel, or whether I'll end up giving them all to my mother, who said the fodder beets were at least moderately suitable for human consumption.
Yes, I'm well aware that this paragraph makes it abundantly clear to the whole world that my mother is less spoiled than my goat.

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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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"I'm well aware that this paragraph makes it abundantly clear to the whole world that my mother is less spoiled than my goat."

Thanks for the laugh! I needed that.

Comment by NaYan Fri Oct 9 12:36:12 2015
Can't you make a clamp for the mangels or is it too wet?
Comment by Ellen Sat Oct 10 16:05:12 2015
Ellen --- We tried that out, but I concluded that our climate is a bit too cold for clamps. Well, possibly one would have worked if we used enough roots to dig into and harvest an entire clamp at once, but we don't use that many.
Comment by anna Sat Oct 10 19:07:25 2015

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