The Winter Food Storage Area Project

| 1/1/2011 6:22:44 PM

A photo of Nebraska DaveThe Christmas frenzy is over and the New Year has begun. The seed catalogs have been arriving and plans for the new year gardens and flower pots are dancing through my head. The countdown begins toward Spring with under 80 days left and counting. What to do until Spring arrives with the business of planting and preparing for harvest, becomes the question at hand? Well, for me it's a good project inside the house down in the deep dark depths of the incredibly messy basement. My daughter won't go down there as she says, "It's just too scary." Things have been lost in the 25 year archival warehouse for decades. Who knows what lurks in the darkness? Only the Shadow knows. OK you have to be over 50 to know what that one means.

Well my designed project of choice to keep me busy through the Winter months as the wind blows and the snow falls, will be to build a food storage area for next year's garden harvest. What say you? Want to travel along and see how it all happens? OK, but I must warn you that it will not be for faint of heart nor those of weak character. So let us begin.

Storage Area  

OK, I see that some have run away covering their eyes in horror at the organizational disarray that has terrorized their psyche. Hopefully not too many sessions of therapy will be needed to eliminate the nightmares and cold bone chilling night time sweats. Who will we send into the scary dungeon of the house to bring order once again. Old Nebaska Dave will go. Equipped with brooms, shovels, and trash bags, fearless in every way and never a thought for his own saftey, he disappears into the murky depths of the staircase that leads down down down into the very heart of disorganizational terror. Will he ever be seen again? Will he be able to overcome the evil foe that silently awaits him in the darkness below. Well, read on my friends and see if Old Nebraska Dave will survive the encounter.

Biff Bam Slam Pow Bang Crunch Yeow

The battle rages on and although hours pass Old Nebraska Dave continues to fight the evil that refuses to leave the area that it's lived in for oh so long. Finally after two loads hauled screaming and kicking to the local dump and a pile of rubble piled in the corner of the basement the enemy succumbs to defeat.

Storage Area Clean  

S.M.R. Saia
2/8/2011 6:58:33 AM

Wow, what a great space for food storage. That looks like it was quite a job.

Nebraska Dave
1/15/2011 6:14:56 PM

Allan, Yep it's pencil sharpener. It's from days past when my older kids that are now 40 were in school. That's back before computers were a household item and pencils were used for school homework. It hasn't been used for decades. I used to can quite a bit 30 years ago and I'm just getting back into it again. It is amazing to me how much has not changed in the process. Some things can't be improved upon I guess. Just take things a step at a time. My advice is not try too much at one time. My shelving project is after being back in garden growing for three years. Each year I expanded the garden with one more year of expansion in 2012. After that I'll be just improving what I have for a couple years to see if I need more garden. It's better to not have quite enough than way too much. My first couple years was just fresh from the garden eating and giving the rest away to get my feet back on the ground. It's been a fun journey and it will for you too. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Have a great garden planning day.

Allan Douglas
1/14/2011 5:07:05 AM

Whoa... I'm impressed; is that a pencil sharpener I see mounted to your shelf? (grin) That ought to free up a lot of space for the coming years crop. I'm envious of all that shelving. I thought I might try my hand at some canning this year - if my garden does better; last year was my 'dip a toe in the lake' experience. But I'm concerned about where to store mass quantities of glass-jar canned goods in our little place. We do have a crawl space of sorts. I might be able to do something with that, but it's not heated. Bad idea?

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