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How to store carrots


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.

How to do it


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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mooncatsmum 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I can't get any straw, can I use something else to store carrots?

Gary Hutley 12/10/2012 at 14:42

How do I strore carrots in a cold greenhouse over winter

Italophile 13/10/2012 at 09:08

I've stored them layered in a box with ever-so-slightly damp sand or soil. The key is not to let them dry out. I was also told not to wash them before storage.

Gary Hutley 13/10/2012 at 13:50

thanks for the tip,I will give it a go. must be better than freezing and I will still be able to use them in salads etc. Gary.

Gary Hutley 13/10/2012 at 13:53

Straw is readily available at pet food shops as bedding for rabbits etc. but I doubt if it comes cheap enough to make it worth while.