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Storing Your Harvest

You can extend the enjoyment of your harvest by storing your vegetables properly. Here's how to store beets and carrots, cabbage, onions, potatoes, pumpkins and winter squash.

Frosty weather has arrived and many of us are busy harvesting our vegetables. You can extend the enjoyment of your harvest by storing your vegetables properly.

Most vegetables will store best at around 32°F, but you can store most vegetables for 2–3 months at temps around 50°F and in high humidity. Most of us do not have a root cellar, but we likely have some space where we can keep our produce cool: an unheated garage, mud room or a cool area in the basement.

Written by Tom Kalb, Extension Horticulturist, North Dakota State University.

Sources:

Jauron, R. and G. Wallace. 2014. Yard and Garden: Harvest, dry and store onions, garlic and shallots. Iowa State University: Ames.

Johnny’s Selected Seeds. Storage crops: Post-Harvest handling & storage guidelines. Accessed October 2020. Albion, Maine. 

Woodell, L., N. Olsen and J. Wilson. 2009. Options for storing potatoes at home. University of Idaho: Moscow. 

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