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 can also use this method to store other root veg like parsnips, swedes, turnips, beetroot, celeriac, scorzonera and radishes.
Follow the steps in this easy guide to storing carrots, below.
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Lots of carrots to store?
If you have a real carrot glut, you could try creating a much larger earth clamp. Start by digging a circular hole then adding a layer of sand to the bottom. Create a ring of tightly packed carrots, about a metre in diameter, with their necks facing outwards. Continue adding carrots to create a pyramid shape.
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.