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The Potato Hole

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We had talked of putting in a regular root cellar, but digging one by hand on our property would have been a daunting task. Just below the meager layer of topsoil which grew wonderful vegetables was a gigantic layer of solid concrete-like clay. So we got by with storing potatoes with the canned goods in the basement where the temperature hovered in the 50s. Unfortunately, sprouts were plentiful by spring.

But one day a few years back, we decided we had had enough of a 15-foot chokecherry bush that was sending suckers into the garden several yards away, so my husband cut it down then dug the roots out — a task that required the pickax, saw, and shovel. The resulting hole looked like it wouldn’t take much to make it big enough to sink the 2 foot by 30 inch (inside diameter) concrete riser we had on hand. “Then,” I said, “we could store potatoes in it.”

We took turns with the pick and carved out a round hole. Handling the heavy riser was a challenge in itself, as it would have to drop straight into the hole. On the bottom of the hole we put some small rocks and a little sand for drainage. On the bottom of the riser we put hardware cloth to keep the moles and other varmints from accessing the potatoes from the bottom. We folded the wire over the edge of the riser and sewed the folds with fine florist’s wire so it would stay bent over the edges of the riser. Then we turned it over and slid it into the hole.


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