Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Getting up our apple supply for winter
As to why I do it? First is because we love apples and my five apple trees haven't started bearing yet. And well hey after all I live in Washington state right? The apple state. Buying in bulk is cheaper than at the store, might as well take advantage of it. There are in fact many orchards here in Washington of different fruits, so in season you can find fabulous deals on cherries, peaches, plums, and apricots as well as apples. It is still however cheaper to grow your own which is why I currently have my five apple trees, two peach trees and a passel of assorted berry's growing. My goal has always been to grow all my own fruit and veggies, but it is a goal that takes time.
The place I store them is in the unheated back enclosed porch which keeps them extremely cold without freezing them. This worked out well last year even when temperatures dipped down below zero.
Having a cold room is definitely helpful when it comes to storing produce from the garden that requires cold and slightly humid conditions to keep. People mostly would use a root cellar or unheated basement. I have the basement but it stays just a little to warm and way to dry to properly store apples. It is much more suited to storing onions. Someday I'm going to build nice looking wooden boxes for storing my apples, carrots, and other root crops in the back porch. For now though they are simply stored in cardboard boxes with a layer of newspaper on top to keep off dust and keep them a little more humid. Worked fine last year.