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Old 01-11-2017, 01:12 PM   #11
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So the snow has melted some, and I was able to get some pics.

On top are 2 straw bales for some added insulation. They sit in the square portion of the hole, which is about 2 feet deep, primarily the top soil/ clay/ rocky layers.

Once the bales are lifted, you can see some styrofoam I laid down there, just cause I had it on hand. Not sure if its doing much, but I had it laying around, so why not. I also lined the perimeter with cinder blocks for a few reasons. One, to give me something sturdy to stand on when reaching into the can. Second, to prevent soil from collapsing into or onto the can, and finally, cause I had them laying around.

Beneath the bales and styrofoam is the garbage can, covered by its lid. The garbage can is completely submerged in the the soil/ sand. Only the lid is above this level, to allow it to be removed and placed without interfering with the surrounding soil

Once the lid is removed, I had placed another piece of styrofoam inside the can, again , not sure if its doing much, but i figured it couldn't hurt.

Below the styrofoam is a thick layer of straw.

And below that, are the potatoes and onions, which have survived a week of sub freezing weather. They sit on another thick layer of straw.

Not sure if I did it right or not, but I guess Ill find out over the next few months. So far, so good, and it got me out of the house for a morning.
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Old 01-11-2017, 01:29 PM   #12
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We had the space , we had a food cellar in the basement, but we used to Stuka, which sort a big heap made of leaf and hay to store roots and tubers. Worked in the Swedish minus 30 winter with no problem expect for the odd hedgehog.

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Old 01-11-2017, 01:41 PM   #13
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That looks GREAT Larry! Thanks for taking the time to share the pictures too. I enjoyed them. What a great way to store your vegetables.

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