If your home does not have a porch or basement, out buildings such as a garage or gardening shed can be used to store your fruits and veggies. A garden shed can be used for hanging dried herbs, garlic, or onions, and the garage is great for storing root vegetables. Many garages are unheated, but most are insulated and therefore provide an ideal freeze-resistant spot to store a few boxes of potatoes, carrots, or beets.
The climate you live in will determine how long you can store items in an unheated garden shed. If you live in an area that gets long periods of below freezing temperatures, your fruits and vegetables will probably freeze if stored there. A structure made of cement or rammed earth, as discussed in Chapter 4 “Building an Above Ground Root Cellar,” will be better able to support your food in these extreme conditions.
If the only space you have available is an unheated shed, you can pack your fruits and vegetables into containers with wood shavings, sawdust, straw, or peat moss between the layers to help insulate the food from extreme cold. Hanging blankets on the shed walls for further insulation will add an extra layer of protection from the damaging cold. If your shed floor is made of dirt, digging a pit right under the shed will help to insulate your stored items even more. Your potatoes and carrots may not last all winter long in these conditions, but you will be able to enjoy them for a few months at least, so give it a try!