Once you start vegetable and fruit gardening, you can quickly have an overabundance of produce. While it's great to share those extra tomatoes, peaches, beans and cucumbers with friends and family, you may want to preserve and store some for your family to enjoy year-round.
The Four Main Ways to Preserve Your Harvest
While most vegetables and fruits are highly perishable, some can be stored for months under the right conditions. Apples, potatoes, winter squash, garlic, onions, carrots and cabbage are some of the fruits and vegetables that you can store in a basement or root cellar. You first need to know the storage requirements of each vegetable. For example, root crops such as beets and carrots like cool (55 degrees) and moist (90 percent humidity) conditions. Store these in perforated plastic bags in the basement. Pumpkins and winter squash like cool and dry (60 percent humidity) conditions. Many basements fit these requirements. Onions and garlic, however, like cold (35 degrees) and dry (60 percent humidity) conditions. Some basements and garages fit this bill. Potatoes like cold and moist conditions, and can be stored in perforated bags in the refrigerator.