This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

my larder

(I'm taking some pictures now....)

Finally - the photos....

squash shelves 2

My larder this fall includes: Winter squashes: Butternut, Long Island cheese, Acorn and Delicata. A couple small orange pumpkins. Potatoes, and lots of sweet potatoes. Onions, garlic. My chile ristra has grown and is drying well. My root cellar (a small basement refrigerator has about 5 lbs of carrots, 10 lbs of beets, some celery, and a head of purple cabbage.

In past years, I kept my potatoes and squashes in baskets in the basement. This year I was disappointed I couldn't see the ones at the bottom of the basket. My husband made the perfect solution - shelves. Now I can admire all my stored vegetables!

Most of my vegetables are from my garden. Some are from Piccadilly Farm, whose CSA distribution I hosted this year. A nice acorn squash I got in trade for a big bunch of dill. (I love the idea of trading! I will try for more trades next year using our new bulletin board that is being installed this winter.)

squash shelves 1 ristra

My onions and carrots will not last the winter. These I should try to grow more of next year. Looks like I have plenty of potatoes sweet potatoes, squashes and beets.

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Blogger Madame C said...

What a lovely post and lovely pictures! They make me hungry:)
Have a nice week,
Charlotta in Sweden,
Cesar's Garden

October 25, 2010 8:34 AM

Blogger Toni-Shaklee Distributor said...

Looking forward to seeing them!

October 26, 2010 9:05 AM

Anonymous pineal gland said...

wow just amaisingly beautifoul ....great post

October 27, 2010 7:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always wondered how you store things in the winter! Thanks for this.

October 30, 2010 11:49 PM

Anonymous Lynn said...

I've enjoyed your garden since I stumbled across it last winter. Thank you. How cool is your basement? I can't seem to find a good place to store unprocessed produce that can't be refrigerated. I like the way your squash is stored and I am considering it here. Winters can get long in ND...

October 31, 2010 11:34 AM

Blogger Kelly said...

I really like the shelf your husband built, where did the actual shelves come from? They are a great size!

November 01, 2010 9:25 AM

Anonymous Matriarchy said...

Great larder shelves! Nice air flow. Is your basement heated? My old basement was cool and a little damp, great for storage. My new one is warm and dry - good for canned goods storage and hanging laundry, but not cold cellaring. What is your basement temperature and humidity like in the winter? I am looking at the unheated garage to make a colder space that doesn't freeze.

November 01, 2010 2:10 PM

Anonymous lee t. said...

how are you storing your carrots?

November 01, 2010 9:10 PM

Blogger kathy said...

My carrots (also beets, celeriac, cabbage, winter radish and parsnips) are stored in my root cellar! Not half as exciting as it sounds. My root cellar is a small energy efficient refrigerator that I keep on low setting in the basement. These roots need a fairly high humidity for keeping. Higher than potatoes or squashes, so you can;t keep them out on shelves. I keep them in plastic bags inside the refirgerator.

One year I learned the hard way by leaving a beautiful harvest of big beets in a basket. They shriveled up within a couple weeks. Right now I have a lot of beets and some cabbage, parsnips, fennel and carrots in my root fridge. But carrots are very hard for me to keep. My husband eats them very fast :)

November 02, 2010 9:46 PM

Blogger Dan said...

Looks good!

November 03, 2010 12:57 PM

Blogger Kelly said...

Shelves?? Did you buy them locally at Ikea or a big box hardware store?

November 03, 2010 2:43 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I got the shelves many years ago at home depot for some other use and found them last week in my basement. Home Depot still carries them :Home Depot little shelves

November 03, 2010 3:03 PM

Blogger Kelly said...

THANKS a bunch Kathy!! I will be picking some up at my next trip to the Depot. :)

November 04, 2010 8:57 AM

Blogger Karen Anne said...

Do you know how much your energy efficient frig costs to run? I am wondering which model it is? Thanks.

November 07, 2010 4:26 PM

Anonymous McArtor said...

I admire your shelves! I just showed them to my husband. We grew sweet potatoes for the first time this year. We harvested 4 grocery bags of huge sweet potatoes. We do not know where to store them in our little townhouse.

November 08, 2010 8:24 PM

Anonymous Jasmine said...

Well done! The excellent photos of your larder have given me some space saving ideas for mine. Thank you.

November 16, 2010 7:00 AM


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