How to store carrots

Do it:

Sep, Oct, Nov

Takes just:

one hour

Carrots can be stored for winter use in a number of ways. On well-drained soils they can be left in the ground, protected from the cold by a thick layer of straw, bracken or soil.

Carrots stored in this way can be difficult to harvest, however, so it's better to make an earth clamp. Choose a sheltered, dry site to make your clamp, and only choose carrots in good condition. Prepare the crops by shaking off loose soil and removing any foliage.

You will need

  • Home-grown carrots
  • Straw

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Dig a shallow hole and cover it with a thick layer of sharp sand. Build a neat, low, circular wall of carrots, packed in tightly. Stack the carrots with their necks facing outwards.

Continue adding carrots, building them up to a pyramid.

Insulate the carrots with a 30cm thick layer of clean straw. In cold areas, add a layer of soil for extra frost protection. Cover with plastic sheeting.

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