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$10 Root Cellar

$10 Root CellarOur most-watched Youtube video details the construction of our first-generation fridge root cellar, and we posted about our second-generation root cellar several times over the course of the last year.  People are constantly asking for more information, so I decided to sum up everything we've learned in an ebook.

I'll post highlights here over the course of the week, or you can buy your own copy on Amazon (which
can be read on nearly any device.)  I apologize for the higher price --- this ebook is very photo-rich, so Amazon wouldn't let me sell it for less than $1.99.

Here's the blurb:

1/10 of an acre can feed you all year!

The easiest way to grow more of your own calories is to focus on roots like potatoes and carrots. With yields of up to 200 calories per square foot, you can break your reliance on the grocery store with just a few seeds or starts and a shovel. Most root crops are easy to store through the winter and require no special harvesting or processing equipment.

So why don't we all grow roots? To keep them happy after harvest, these crops need a cool, damp storage spot like a root cellar. This book walks you through building a root cellar out of a junked fridge for $10, and also presents some slightly-higher-cost options for winter storage. Other highlights include tips for growing storage vegetables and feeding those roots to your family or your livestock.

69 photos.

Self-sufficiency begins with the potato!

As usual, I'll also make the ebook free on Amazon on Friday for those who want to wait for a free copy, and you can email me Friday for a free pdf copy as well.  Thanks for reading (and double thanks if you find the time to leave a review on Amazon)!

This post is part of our $10 Root Cellar lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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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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