Would you like to enjoy the fruits of your garden even in winter? There is no more succulent food than that which has grown in the garden, under the hands of a skilful gardener. But proper storage can be a real pain, so here are some tips to help you avoid unwanted mistakes.
Every detail matters
The whole process must be carried out with precision, otherwise the fruit risks losing its flavour. Therefore, always use clean and dry containers in which the fruit will not rot. Leave the fruit on the trees to ripen properly before harvesting. They will retain their quality flavour for a long time.
The ideal storage space is a cool room, such as a shed or blind. Don’t forget that mice or other visitors to the shed can also get into your harvest, so always choose a safe space. Use wooden boxes where the crops can breathe and won’t spoil early.
Nut harvesting and drying of crops is underway
You can store not only berries but also nuts for cold days. Winter is the ideal time to use nuts, for example when baking cookies. Harvest nuts in October, as well as some other crops.
- Walnuts when they start to fall on their own
- Hazelnuts when they are ready to be shelled
Some crops are better dried and stored at home where moisture cannot reach them. For example, oyster mushrooms or herbs such as lovage. Don’t hesitate to store onions either, which love a dry place but can tolerate a light frost.
Store potatoes in a dark, dry place, separate from the fruit. This could trap the smell of the potatoes. Be sure not to put them in the fridge as they will lose their flavour. Use a garage, shed, cellar or other cooler area for storage. As with fruit, use wooden boxes and cover them with a sack to keep light out.