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    Posted: January 08 2021 at 8:06pm

I bought some seeds yesterday.  Wa went to the grocery store today. To , they were out of a lot, fresh spinach,  lettuce,  bananas,  potatoes. 

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I'm mulling over the idea of building a hobbit hole. We have a suitable hill that we can build into and it would be almost invisible once built. I've been to Hobbiton and really like the idea of a tiny underground house.

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Bag End wasn't so small!   I'd say go for it.     

I would like to build a buried root cellar away from the house, but the granite rock comes too close to the surface in the garden (at least 1/3 rd of the space is exposed rock)

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Originally posted by EdwinSm, EdwinSm, wrote:

Bag End wasn't so small!   I'd say go for it.     

I would like to build a buried root cellar away from the house, but the granite rock comes too close to the surface in the garden (at least 1/3 rd of the space is exposed rock)

The book "Root Cellaring" by Mike and Nancy Bubel is excellent and has lots of plans for half submerged root cellars. We live on a pure clay subsoil and so drainage is a real issue if digging holes. We recently put in a new waste water management area that we can walk down into and tend to and we had to dig it much deeper than required and build up a drainage layer of rock and gravel and a drainage channel through the side of the hill into a waterway to allow for rainwater to drain away. It was quite an undertaking but it works beautifully even in torrential rain. I'd really recommend that book though. It has a root cellar for everyone, even people with no garden.

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Thanks for the tip on the book.  

In the end I might go with taking out an old oil tank which is at the end of the garage. As the house is built into a sloping hill the area is almost totally underground.  This will not be the best root cellar, but it is where they planned one according to the original plans of the house (which were modified a bit while the place was being built).

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Yes, Thanks - I just got one from ebay for £5.86.  


We also are on a hillside, so may hire excavator again.  If finances exer permit, a hobbit hole (aircrete) is going up too.

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