[Homestead] Cool food storage
cayadopi at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 9 14:19:07 EST 2008
My mom had told me just yesterday that they used to leave the carrots in the ground to store (as northern wisconsin as you can get).... but surely they removed them before the worst of winter started. It was some serious snow country up there.
The farm had an outhouse up until about 1960. Before I was born, and until my grandmother died, the food was canned and kept in the dirt floor basement on rows and rows of shelves, potatos were piled up in one corner. Wood in another (and I did my share of splitting logs in the basement for the wood burning kitchen stove and the wood burning heater in the living room). I don't remember canning the carrots as a kid, although I do remember they were planted.
OK, so on this year's list of experiments to be conducted will be to leave some of the potatos & carrots in the ground.... :-) I know my onions are still coming up as is the garlic. LOL, but the worst of winter temps hasn't arrived yet.
I would have loved to have purchased the farm from those that inherited it, excep the closest town had outlawed farming if you were within "town limits" if you had stopped farming for X number of years - which occurred by the time my grandmother died. The Town was 13 miles away ! Jerks. That farm was awesome in location and had a river going thru it, blueberry patches, and good soil. This same town wanted those 13 miles away to go on a sewer system also (and pay a fortune up front..........)
--- On Tue, 12/9/08, Lynn Wigglesworth <lynnw1366 at hotmail.com> wrote:
From: Lynn Wigglesworth <lynnw1366 at hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Homestead] Cool food storage
To: homestead at lists.ibiblio.org
Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 1:31 PM
>For storing potatos / carrots in the soil, does the soil have to >remain
I've tried wintering potatoes and leeks in the garden. I don't know how
did, because even with a huge pile of mulch on top, the ground freezes
2-3-4 feet down, so I can't get them out. By spring the leeks went mushy,
and the potatoes sprouted.
Tioga Co. PA
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