DIY Garden Trug (Harvest Basket)

These are essential accessories for every gardener.
These are essential accessories for every gardener.

A full-fledged gardener will know just how important a garden trug is. It’s actually a harvest basket, considered an essential garden accessory. It’s mostly used for carrying tools or freshly picked vegetables, fruits, and flowers.

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Maine Garden Hod

Collect and transport all your vegetables, flowers, or tools from the garden in this generously sized colander trug, then simply rinse and drain with no fuss, mess, or spillage.

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11/27/2022 12:32 am GMT

There had been a lot of variations to the garden trug. But I still like the classic ones. I think they look charming, bringing a touch of country style inside our home. My husband knows this, of course. And for my birthday, instead of buying me a garden trug, he made me one.

Why buy when you can make one?
Why buy when you can make one?

Normally, a trug costs around USD30-50. My husband, on one hand, spent very little than that. Using reclaimed wood and some wood slats, he scored a deal. He said he made it in less than a day – and the finished product is gorgeous!

If you’re an avid gardener, or if you know someone who is one, this DIY garden trug is a perfect gift. It’s a basic build requiring basic woodworking skills.


  • 1/2″ x 5″ x 4′ wood
  • 3 pcs – 1.5″ x 1/4″ x 8′ wood
  • Nails
  • Glue
  • Stain or Paint (optional)
  • Rope (1/2” diameter, by 6’)


  • Jig or band saw
  • Drill and 9/16” bit
  • Hammer or Nail Gun
  • Sander

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Do you want your own garden trug? Learn how to make one! Watch this video.



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