Root Cellar help

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Ground Effects NH, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. Ground Effects NH

    Ground Effects NH LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    Got a call today. Very nice lady just bought herself a farm this spring. She called it a root cellar, for storing all her root vegetables. Wanted to know if I could install one before winter. I have never seen one but have heard of them. Anybody have any feed back? Like material, size, photo, etc. She said that her old place had one built into the side of a hill made out of fieldstone with a wood entry. :eek:
  2. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 683

    They were common on farms in the NE. They are built into a hillside. I belive the door faces north to keep it cooler in the sunmmer. Check out Mother Earth magazine web site..My dad used to get there mag..lot of living off the land info...........:usflag:
  3. sunray237

    sunray237 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 52

    I was in viginia one summer in short sleeves, walked down into a root cellar and was instantly cold.
    It was like a freezer,this thing was about three quarters in the ground if I remember right.
    It was amazing.
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    A root cellar can be anything that maintain the temperature of the earth's crust. Around here about 43 degrees F.

    Dig a hole and insulate it. Nothing special - just a plan that fits your landscape and needs. On our place they used to get ice from the lake and it would last into summer.
  5. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    My grandparents tell me stories about how much they used their root cellar during the depression. One thing they used to do was "grease" chicken eggs to seal the pores in the shell and they would last a couple of months in the root cellar. Of course they would store things like potatoes, ect, in it also.

    Around here I've seen them where half a hole was dug into the ground and the dirt they excavated was use to mound it up higher. The thing I was never sure about is how to keep it from collapsing on itself over time, I think that's why you don't see too many of them around any more.
  6. Ground Effects NH

    Ground Effects NH LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 601

    Thanks Guys for all the Info

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