You've toiled to reap a bounty from your garden. Don't let it drop now. Equip yourself with a trug to collect and carry your harvest. We've rounded up our favorite wooden and woven garden trugs to do the job.
What are our criteria? Light enough to cradle comfortably on your arm (or hang from a tree) for hands-free picking. Durable enough to withstand damp and dirt. Shallow and wide for collecting leafy vegetables, herb, and flowers; or, deep and sturdy for collecting tree fruits, potatoes, or other items that need containment. And, attractive enough to display your harvest indoors or serve double duty as a countertop holder for table linens or other kitchen essentials after the work is done.
Above: The Sussex Garden Trug is handmade by Thomas Smith in East Sussex, England. This version is made of rot-resistant Sweet Chestnut and Cricket Bat Willow wood fastened with durable (and attractive) copper tacks and nails; $129 at Kaufmann Mercantile.
Michelle demystifies the Classic Sussex Garden Trug and offers British-based sources.
Above: Made in the US by a former shipbuilder, the Myrtlewood Garden Trug features copper hardware and measures 11 by 18 inches; $118 at Terrain.
Above: The double-handled round Wovenwood Garden Gathering Basket measures a generous 16 inches in diameter with 6-inch sides; $19.95 at the Tasteful Garden.
Above: Modeled after traditional Maine clam hods used to gather and rinse shellfish, the Pike's Original Maine Garden Hod is designed for harvesting and washing plants, fruits, and vegetables (and, rumored to be used for collecting vegetables from the White House Garden). Made in the US with an oak handle and food-grade PVC-coated wire body, it measures 19 inches in length; $44.95 at Maine Garden Products.
Above: The Geoffrey Fisher Bespoke Trug is made in Buckinghamshire, England of European redwood. Finished with food-safe eggshell paint, the 17.5-by-9.5-by-5-inch trug features a movable and removable handle; $99.95 at Williams Sonoma.
Above: With a solid wood bottom, the Myrtlewood Bushel-Style Basket is strong enough to hold a generous load. It features a solid copper bale-style handle with a turned-wood grip; $69 for the quarter-bushel size at Barbers Baskets.
Above: The Large Wicker Gathering Basket features gently sloped ends and is 26 inches long. It's currently on sale for $59.99 (regularly $89.99) at Williams Sonoma.
Above: Felicity Irons' Garden Trug is woven of British fresh water rush. The leather-handled basket measures 19.5 by 9 inches; £95 at David Mellor Design.
Above: Handwoven in Southern Ohio, the Weathered Westpy Gathering Basket measures 24 by 14 by 5 inches. It's $84.90 at Bev's Baskets.
Above: Keep your apples from crushing your herbs with a Natural Jute Garden Trug that features a center divider. The handwoven trug measures 10 by 17 by 3.5 inches and is $56 from Medina Baskets.
Above: Individually woven from natural sea grass, a set of three leather-handled Harvest Baskets is $49.99 from Barebones.
Above: Perfect for gathering tree fruit, the 23.5-inch Harvest Basket features a rope and hook to hang from a tree or fence while you pick and load; $19.95 at Williams Sonoma.
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