Outdoor Fresh Produce Pit Storage Techniques (Today - Cabbage Storage) Refrigerator -FreeSubmitted by bigmikedude on Thu, 06/12/2014 - 14:31
I have had excellent success pit storing our potatoes - harvesting them in late June or early July, and pulling potatoes out of the pit the following April that haven't even begun to wrinkle yet. So I decided to share the methods I use, and am trying currently.
We'll start with the experimental Cabbage storage set up, and when I put up the potatoes in their pit, I will share that process as well.
Old school cabbage storage.
This is an experiment for me. I wanted to see how long cabbages could be kept in good shape in the summer in outdoor pit storage. This method is what the old timers generally used for fall cabbage or celery storage into winter and the entire structure is then finally mounded with straw and then dirt to protect from freezing. The ground then provides some warmth and correct humidity. I improved on it a bit instead of using stakes and wood walls, and took extra advantage of the structure of old pallets.
But, I am attempting the opposite, Summer Storage. I picked a shady spot, so the ground will provide its cooler temperature and humidity. But I am not burying the entire structure. The straw will generally keep bugs at bay and insulate, but being summer, I expect to have to continually check for mice jacking themselves a home in our straw and box now and then because it isn't topped with straw and dirt, but time will tell.
I did this June 8th, and checked today June 12th - they look like they did when I put them in there so far. Our temps are averaging in the 80's this time of year and 60's / 70's at night. It will get much hotter. Into the 90's easily in the next months.
I'll update the results in the comments over time.
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How to store potatoes in an outdoor pit all winter. We have had great success with pit storing potatoes all winter.