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Author Topic: Storage, Supplies and Equipment , Root Cellars  (Read 4725 times)

Grog

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Storage, Supplies and Equipment , Root Cellars
« on: October 08, 2009, 10:14:06 AM »

http://www.earth-house.com/Disaster_Readi/Sanctuaries/Root_Cellars/root_cellars.html Link to site with information about Root Cellars and their use.

http://theepicenter.com/tow1102.html From The Epicenter website. Information on the pallet root cellar.

Yes using wood pallet for a small root cellar, One note the author says to use a good grade of plastic in the floor and side process. I would add a layer of the black material I think is called gardeners cloth. If the name is incorrect, the function of this material is  when laid down first, if interferes with plants growing through to get from the soil to the surface.  One advantage would be that the material will help to reduce possible punctures in the plastic form things that have deep roots, like Thistles from growing into your pallet space.
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Re: Storage, Supplies and Equipment , Root Cellars
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2010, 08:10:48 PM »

I was going to do the pallet root cellar but discovered we have termites ... so bad they went through the cracked concrete floor in the garage and ate through a cardboard barrel I had fabric stored in.  They even ate up the jeans I forgot were in there!  So, the pallets would be toast pretty quickly.

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Re: Storage, Supplies and Equipment , Root Cellars
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2010, 03:31:07 PM »

I'm looking at buying a house about 30 miles north of where I live now. It is in a small town of 600 or so. The house was built in 1914 and does have a basement, I haven't looked at it aside from the outside at this point. It may have an old root cellar in the basement, if it doesn't I am going to build a "cold room" as my grandmother called it. I will take one corner of the basement and build insulated walls on two sides of the room and will insulate the ceiling as well so that the room will stay as cool as possible and not be affected by heat from the rest of the basement. I'll keep fruits and vegetables in the "cold room", there will be no windows and the door will be insulated as well. It should help keep fruits and vegetables stay fresh longer. I will put up shelves and such, most likely rubber coated steel wire to allow the most air flow.
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Re: Storage, Supplies and Equipment , Root Cellars
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2010, 04:15:24 PM »

Sounds like a great plan!  I hope the house works out for you.

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Re: Storage, Supplies and Equipment , Root Cellars
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2010, 12:29:42 PM »

Brenda,

Have you looked into plastic pallets?

There are some out there, though not sure about cost. could help versus termites. hmm, wonder if you could the local  zoo to lend you an anteater for the termites?
:) seriously though, sorry to here about that, I hope the mitigation/ removal of the termites does not prove costly.

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