The key to a bountiful harvest in our dubious garden soil this year was water, water, water. Keeping everything hydrated gave us some spectacular crops.
Root veggies did especially well - lots of potatoes, beets and carrots. But then we needed to store it all somewhere. Enter: The Trench.
After reading about different outdoor root cellar ideas in my favorite gardening mag, my husband got busy and with my son helping (and taking the photos) he dug a trench about four feet long and at least a foot deep. (I wasn't actually there to measure it.) When I asked why he chose that particular spot, he said the soil was sandier there and easier to dig! Made sense to me. So in went the veggies, and because we had extra sand from building a sandbox they used sand to cover it and provide better drainage.
On top they piled the soil that came out of the hole and then built a big mound of all the leaves that came from those veggies. Then they covered the whole thing with an upside-down wheel barrow just to help keep things put for now.
Is it going to work? For a few months, at least I hope so.