from American Agriculturalist, Volume 38, 1879.
Potatoes Through the Winter
cold weather, when the temperature can be regulated,
potatoes keep well enough, but in warm cellars, or during
warm spells, I find it difficult to prevent their starting,
and we have to rub off the sprouts.
saw at Dr. Hexamer's, a few weeks ago, a contrivance
which it seems strange has never been described and
figured by the agricultural papers. The doctor takes
any old boards or strips, and with them makes little
bottomless bins about 2-1/2 feet to 3 feet square, and
2 feet high—at any rate, large enough to hold
5 bushels with tolerable accuracy. The corner pieces
project an inch below the over-most strip, and fall
short the same amount at the top. Three of these bins
constitute a set; two of them are alike, but the one
to go in the bottom has a bottom to it, and a cheaply
made slide-door on one side.
the potatoes are harvested, these bins are filled, the
bottom one first of course; then another is set upon
the top and filled, and so on. Thus 15 bushels are held
in a very compact space, and yet the air passes freely
through them. These sets of bins are placed side by
side with the sliding-doors accessible.