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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

Placing carrots on a layer of sand


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.

Carrots layered in a clamp


Continue adding carrots, building them up to a pyramid.

Carrot clamp with a layer of straw on top


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.