Im getting ready to be rotated out of work for a while.. and I may just resign because of *reasons*... so Im planning on doing some hardscaping this
year. I thought Id share some of the ideas, uses, and instructions for these permanent installations on your property. Even if you have a small yard
or are in the city, you CAN install something like this. You can even use the top of it as part of a garden. In my house I have a butlers pantry off
of the kitchen and a larger root cellar in the basement... but Im convinced you can never have enough literally squirreled away for a rainy day. If
you live in the right area you can use this basic design with a few small modifications as a spring house.. where the water from a spring comes into
the house and acts like a natural fridge even in the summer.
I personally tend to go overboard.. like my "decorative" pond. I hand dug a good sized pond in the back that was initially supposed to just be a
little small drop in pond form pond. Nope.. it became large. My dogs swim in it and I throw fish in it I catch. So this MIGHT turn into a zombie
apocalypse hidey hole / root cellar... or a prison for captured slaves to pull my chariot across the scorched wastelands during the great end of
civilization after the Covid. You never know...
This is the culvert method.. concrete or steel culvert. Probably better for a fallout / root cellar and I like the idea!
The finished culvert root cellar looks more like a hobbit house.. which I suppose it could double as.
A few things first :
Be aware of ethylene gases from stored produce.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES THAT MAY CREATE EXCESS ETHYLENE GAS INCLUDE:
Apples, apricots, avocados, ripening bananas, blueberries, cantaloupe, citrus fruit (not grapefruit), cranberries, figs, guavas, grapes, green onions,
honeydew, ripe kiwi fruit, mangoes, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, okra, papayas, passion fruit, peaches, pears, peppers, persimmons, pineapple,
plantains, plums, prunes, quinces, tomatoes and watermelon.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES THAT MAY BE DAMAGED BY EXCESS
ETHYLENE GAS INCLUDE:
Asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cucumbers, cut flowers, eggplant, endive, escarole, florist greens, green
beans, kale, kiwi fruit, leafy greens, lettuce, parsley, peas, peppers, potatoes, potted plants, romaine lettuce spinach, squash, sweet potatoes,
watercress and yams.
You need fresh air and circulation or you will get mold. It cant be a tightly sealed room.
You need humidity.. usually 80 to 95% for produce, but itll rust metals.. like canning lids. You can camphor( I use block camphor for insects AND to
keep my tools unrusted) the lids but keep and eye and rotate stock.
You need darkness.. no light even though you need air movement. Light may make some things sprout and will ruin your produce.
Shelves.. they need to be wood and preferably cedar boards or posts at least. In my house I have a lot of cedar.. mainly support things and studs. It
not only conducts heat less, it wards off many bugs and wont rust with the humidity being that high. Its also Du..dUN.. DUN!!! ANtibacterial.
Im basically trying to prevent as much loss as I can with these factors.
Here are much better worded instructions and things that I could ever do myself.. so take a look. Youll be shocked at how simple this is.. and how
much it will reward you over the years. WHen I was a kid we had cellars and spring houses at different places I lived. Ive always loved them.. and I
hope my grandkids will too. It was like a daydreamer type of kids paradise as I recall! I could also sneak a smoke from my dads pack in there. A root
cellar is where I built my first homemade firework... with my dads powder and my grandmas denture tablet bottles. Nefarious plottings!