Thursday, May 19, 2011

I think the saying is true. You do learn something new everyday.

Did you know that farmers in Ukraine will keep dirt on root veggies to make them last longer? It tricks the veggies into thinking they are still in the ground.

What a smart idea!

6 comments:

  1. My grandfather did this with his root vegetables. Except he used sand because the soil where we lived had a very high clay content. It keeps them cool, dry and apart from each other (no shared pheremones that contribute to rotting each other). we would do it here where we live but there is too much rain, everything gets soggy.

    ReplyDelete
  2. My veggies and herbs from our state co-op always have dirt. I thought it was a time-saving thing...had no idea that there was a purpose!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Good thing to know. I will remember that this year when I dig things up.

    ReplyDelete
  4. That one the one thing in the UA grocery stores that I thought was very interesting... I took so many pictures in the grocery stores... I had people coming up to me and yelling at me in Russian to probably stop and thought I was crazy! :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. My friend keeps her potatoes and carrots in bins of sand. It keeps them fresh and if one does go bad, it doesn't ick up the rest!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hi!Ukraine farmers also put dirt on flower bulbs to keep them longer. This was done a lot on the collective farms because women used the flower bulbs as a means to barter for goods they did not have .Thanks for sharing this fact. I told Galina about it and she stated it brought back memories of her life on a collective farm.Thanks for sharing Pat

    ReplyDelete

I find your comments so inspiring! Thanks for visiting our family blog, and sharing your thoughts.