Creating a Trug Raised Garden

By Susan Coogan

A trug is a raised bed on legs. They are super fun and easy to use. They are about waist high, so there is no bending or kneeling involved in their planting and care. You can put them on the ground or on a deck that gets good sun, and they are generally not bothered by critters that would eat your in-ground crops.

Like raised bed kits, trug kits come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They also usually come with a liner and a frame with a plastic cover to enable early planting in cool weather.

Crops that do particularly well in a trug are bush beans, lettuce, spinach, carrots, beets, parsnips, kale and herbs, but let your imagination be your guide and enjoy!


1. Buy a Kit:

Go on the internet and search for vegetable or garden trug. You will see many companies that sell trugs and ship to your house. A popular model is: Veg Trug

2. Prepare the soil: The same filling, planting, fertilizing and watering rules apply as for the on-the-ground raised beds. See the Raised Bed tutorial.

Trug Options

Veg Trug Go Poppy

Perfect for a small space and reasonably priced.
On sale at for $29.99.
You are ready to plant!

Trug Dresser

Do you have an old piece of furniture in your basement?
A side table or dresser is a perfect shape and size for a trug. And no construction needed.