What is a garden trug?
An indispensable tool for gardeners, trugs are compact, shallow and easy-to-carry baskets used primarily for carrying garden produce. They’re handy for gardeners growing flowers, fruit and veg, or gardeners just looking for an easy way to carry their tools around. For kitchen gardens, and gardeners with a glorious harvest on their hands, they can’t go without a trug.
Trugs don’t have to be used just for transport though, you could get inventive and use them as a container for a succulent plant display, keep a bouquet of dried flowers in them, use it as storage for seed packets or go the extra mile and learn how to make a trug yourself from scratch!
From classic Sussex trugs to modern, multi-purpose garden trugs, there are plenty of options below, for all your gardening needs. And while we’re on the topic of gardening needs… If you’re on the hunt for a gardening gift for a gardener who has everything, take a look at our 2020 Garden gift guide here.
Kitchen garden trug
Inspired by garden trugs from the 1950s, this metal trug from Crocus would be a great choice for retro-loving gardeners. The trug is made from tough, galvanised steel, making it durable and weatherproof. The lacquered surface keeps it safe from rust and scratches, and it’s lightweight and comfortable to carry too, so you can collect your harvest with ease.
L45cm x W32cm x D11cm
Buy from: Crocus
For busy, on-the-go gardeners with plenty of jobs to do and produce to pick, this hands-free hip garden trug from Burgon & Ball is a great investment. The hip trug simply clips on to a belt, pocket or waistband, making it easier for you to get on with your gardening tasks.
The hip garden trug may also come in handy for older or disabled gardeners, as it saves the need for having to bend down to drop and collect produce. When the trug is full, it can be emptied by slipping it out of its red sleeve. The trug is easy to clean, and is safe to put in the dishwasher.
The hip trug comes in a small and large size, the large being best for collecting harvests.
3 litre capacity
Buy from: Burgon & Ball
Rattan forage basket
Named the forager basket, this is a garden trug with plenty of space for plants and produce. Its multi-purpose design makes it usable indoors as well as out, but for gardening it would be great to carry larger fruit and veg such as apples and potatoes and root vegetables like squashes and pumpkins. Its length and depth would also make it a good log carrier.
This trug is made from thick Kubu rattan and has a strong, twisted handle, making it strong and sturdy. Due to its natural materials though, it’s best to not use in rainy weather.
H32 x W50 x D35cm
Buy from: Garden Trading
Sussex garden trug
For a reliable, traditional garden trug, look no further than the classic, famous Sussex trug. This Sussex trug from Crocus is the real deal; it is handcrafted in the village of Herstmonceux, East Sussex, the home of the iconic Sussex trug.
The rectangular trug is made from sustainable birch aircraft ply which is a sturdy, rot-resistant wood – ideal for using outdoors. It’s also covered in a thin coat of sunflower oil to keep it looking and performing its best.
The Sussex trug is both long enough to hold flower stems without breakage, and strong enough to carry the heavy veg, win, win!
L53cm x W28cm
Buy from: Crocus
Galvanised gardener’s tool trug
This stylish, galvanised steel garden trug, designed by Sophie Conran for Burgon & Ball, comes with two compartments, handy for gardeners wanting to separate their produce or plants when transporting them. It would also make a great tool carrier and would come in use for garden parties, BBQs and dinners, for example, carrying cutlery and napkins, as pictured above. You could even use it as seed storage or as a herb container.
Each trug is handmade and aged giving it a characterful appearance and the smooth handle is made from waxed beech wood.
L33.5cm x W21cm x D13.5cm
Buy from: Sophie Conran
Vintage wicker trug
For a style-savvy gardener, this sweet, vintage-inspired garden trug from homeware brand Dibor may be just the ticket. This trug is handmade in West Yorkshire from eco-friendly, natural wicker in a rustic brown finish. It is sturdy but lightweight and its compact size and high-arch handle make it a compact and easy to carry trug, perfect for carrying tools, flowers, and produce alike.
Its stylish design would also look great indoors; fill it with cut flowers or winter foliage for striking display.
H28cm x W29cm x D20cm
Buy from: Not On The High Street
For gardeners specifically wanting a veg trug, this trug from Crocus is a great choice as it comes with a built in colander. Once you’ve finished collecting your harvest, you can easily wash it all clean under the tap without having to move it all into a separate colander. It would also work for weeding, and collecting muddy plants or flowers in need of a rinse.
The colander garden trug is lightweight but has plenty of room, so you can fill it up plenty of produce.
L56xm x W31cm x H12cm
Buy from: Crocus
Mini Kew antique wash wicker trug
You can’t go wrong with a classic wicker garden trug, and this lovely unique trug, from The Basket Company is a great contender. Its long narrow design makes it perfect for carrying long stemmed flowers and longer veg such as carrots and courgettes. The trug is handmade from willow and has an antique wash finish – it would look perfectly placed in a cottage garden.
The long, narrow shape would also make it a lovely trug container for a display of cut flowers or autumnal veg such as pumpkins and squashes.
L50cm x W22cm x H8cm
Buy from: The Basket Company
These wicker trugs from Sarah Raven are a darker, more rustic style of garden trug. Perfect for autumn, these garden trugs work just as well as display baskets for veg and flowers as they do as practical carriers for produce. Each trug is made from strong, long-lasting unpeeled willow and have smooth curved handles for comfortable carrying.
With plenty of depth, these trugs could fit a substantial amount of produce, enough for a winter feast! Check out our warming, home-grown recipes here if you’re in need of inspiration for the coming colder months.
L47cm x H30cm (medium trug), L56cm x H35cm (large trug)
£31.95 (medium trug), £36.95 (large trug)
Buy from: Sarah Raven
Cotswold garden trug
If you have a smaller garden or just want something lighter on your hands, the Cotswold garden trug would be a good choice. Its big enough to hold secateurs, gloves and smaller flowers and produce such as sweet peas and berry fruits. It can then be easily stored away in your kitchen or potting shed, without taking up lots of space.
This small but perfectly proportioned trug is made from sturdy, durable mango wood (which is also sustainable) and has a comfy leather handle.
W25cm x D17cm x L29cm
Buy from: OnBuy.com