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I did. As a matter of fact, you can build a root cel- lar in your own basement. Simply find the coolest and moistest area in the basement and close it off with some 2x4 framed walls. Make sure you in- clude an opening for a door.

Then insulate the walls

with rigid foam insulation and sheath both sides of the walls with a moisture resistant drywall. Also insulate the root cellar ceiling and sheath it with moisture resistant dry- wall. Make sure to tape and mud all of the drywall seams to create a tight seal in the root cellar. It is important to note

that the outside basement walls associated with the root cellar be at least 2/3rds high backfilled with soil. The backfilled basement walls help to ensure cool temperatures in the root cellar during the warmer months. Next, add some outdoor ventilation to the root cel- lar to ensure it maintains a cool temperature, but not frosty temperature. Include valves on the ven- tilation pipes to close off the root cellar to the out- side elements when the

Wine bottles stored in a Basement Root Cellar.

temperature drops below freezing. One ventilation pipe should be located about a foot off the base- ment / root cellar floor and the other about a


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foot below the root cellar ceiling. Finally install a door

onto your root cellar and build shelving for stor- ing your vegetables and canned food items. Often a crawl space can

also be converted into a functioning root cellar. You can employ much of the same process for building a root cellar in a basement as for build- ing one in a crawl space. Again, make sure the crawl space is vented and that you can open and close the venting depend- ing upon outside air tem- perature conditions.

Mark Donovan is the own-

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