Having a root cellar is a must if you are homesteading. It is really the only way to store some fruits and vegetables for months, ideally from fall harvest to the next harvest.
Some people have root cellars in the basement of their house while others have them built outside into the side of a hill.
If neither is an option then you can bury a container that is water proof. People have successfully used an old freezer as a root cellar. (Pictured below :)
Be sure to have the refrigerant properly removed prior to burying the freezer.
Another important thing to do before burying the freezer is to install two vents into the side of it. Airflow is crucial to maintain a proper humidity level. If there is no airflow the food will spoil quickly.
When burying the freezer make sure the top is a few inches above the ground. This will ensure water won't get in though the lid seal.
What vegetables can be stored in the root cellar? Root vegetables can! Vegetables such as potatoes, turnip, yams, carrots, parsnip. Another common food to store in root cellars are apples.
We will be using either an old freezer or possibly a fish tote.
Fish totes are very common here in Nova Scotia. I just have to check on the price.