How to make a trash can root cellar

Trash Can Root Cellar

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Why use a refrigerator to store vegetables during the winter when you can make use of the natural (and free) cold weather temperature with a root cellar?

Trash Can Root Cellar

Root cellars come in different types, sizes and costs. It doesn’t always have to mean big investment or big project and this trash can root cellar is a good option if you’re looking for something small, simple and really cheap!

Got a backyard deep enough to bury a metal trash can? Great! The next thing to consider is the actual temperatures in your location. Of course, you wouldn’t want to ruin or spoil your root vegetables if your ground is too warm or too cold to serve as proper storage. However if the problem is having an extremely cold area, you might still be able to proceed by remedying the temperature with insulation panels.

Do you think a trash can root cellar will work for you? Learn how to make it by heading over to the step-by-step tutorial linked below!


  • Metal Trash Can with tight-fitting Lid
  • Lots of Straw Mulch
  • Stones
  • 4 Large Rocks/Bricks
  • Plastic Cover


  • Shovel
  • Drill/Hammer and a Nail (for punching holes)

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Thanks to Earthineer for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here