How to Make a Deep-Freeze Root Cellar

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Make a deep-freeze root cellar by digging a hole in the side of a hill or straight into the ground, and putting cement or wood all the way around the walls. Keep fruits, vegetables and plants from freezing by building a root cellar with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.

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Hi. This is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to make a deep-freeze root cellar. In the olden days, everybody grew their own food. And so they would collect their apples and their vegetables and their fruits and they would put them in a root cellar for the winter so that they didn't freeze and they could keep all of the food all winter long and eat out of it. And as we all know, we're all enjoying, a lot of the old customs are coming back. And so it's very easy to recreate a traditional root cellar. And basically all you have to do is either dig out a hole into the side of a mountain or actually dig out a hole into the ground. And as long as you put cement or blocks all the way around it in some wood to stop the moisture from actually filling in too much and you can go into it, then you can create your own root cellar. And it can be very complicated and you can have a big room or you can have just a very small cubby where you can crawl into. And you can save all of your flower bulbs and you can save all of your vegetables and your apples. And that way nothing freezes under the ground really hard. So it's cold enough for all of your bulbs and your fruits and vegetables stay fresh and not freeze at the same time. And that is the best way that you can store them, the best way possible in the world. And it's very easy to recreate a deep root cellar in your garden or in your backyard as well.


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