Last week I posted about our root cellar renovations on our little farm here in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.
This week we made an adjustment — we added a lip to the edge of each shelf to help prevent the jars from slipping off the edge of the shelf. I read that Virginia has had over 50 aftershocks since the “big” (big for Virginia!!) quake in August, so this little bit of prevention could be valuable. Note that each of those aftershocks had zero effect on my jars, but I needed an excuse to add the lip.
In addition, I painted each 1″ x 2″ board with blackboard paint and labeled with chalk. (This is NOT my idea, and I wish I could remember/find the website that inspired me! If you know, please add it in the comments below.)
On the right I stacked boxes of jars, mostly the half-gallon jars I use for dry storage. I keep the majority of empty jars in storage near the kitchen, which saves one trip up and down the stairs when needed.
If I find cushioned flooring on Craigs List or Freecycle, I think I’ll add that, just in case I drop a jar. Hubby and I have each dropped (and killed) a quart of tomato sauce. I’d like to prevent that from happening again if possible!
What else can I do to improve my root cellar?