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PostPosted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 5:15 pm    Post subject: Storing Carrots Reply with quote

Smile can any one please help, We are harvesting our Carrots and we would like to make a pit to store them. any help in its design would be appreciated
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey one eye.

The pit you speak of is sometimes called a clamp I have fond memories of the grandfather using this to store the spuds. Try this, make sure the location of the clamp doesn't get waterlogged, after harvesting the crop let it dry on the surface of the soil for a few hours, start the clamp with a good layer of straw and then pile on the veg in a pyramid shape, cover the pile with a layer of straw and leave to sweat for a day or two ( out goes the excess moisture ), cover the straw with about 6 inches of dryish earth making sure to pat it with a spade or piece of timber to allow the rain to run off ( a steep pyramid is best ), make sure you have a few small tunnels of straw protruding along the bottom and the top to allow some air circulation. And bobs your uncle

He used to make a number of medium sized clamps instead of one huge one the theory behind it being that one large clamp would have to be continously opened and closed during the eating season creating more work while a medium sized one could be opened and used up quickly. You could also pack carrots into boxes of sand and place indoors in a cool area like a garage and they will keep until spring. Best of luck with the harvest Wink
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