The legs are a good height and protect your plants from small mammals. The VegTrug has six legs, each with a plastic cover for the end. The cost is reasonable but you may need to put in some extra work to get them fully together. There are a few quality issues (like the pieces fit together, leg caps, issues with stains on the inside) that we'll continue to review and keep you updated.
Overall, however, it's easy to garden at VegTrug, and it brings the garden to you instead of the other way around. The solid design of the frame results in a fairly sturdy piece of garden furniture that is ideal for growing a range of fruits and vegetables.
Are Vegtrugs good?
A vegTrug is intentionally V-shaped so you can place plants with deeper roots in the middle and shallow plants around the edge. VEGtrugs warm up quickly when the sun finally decides to visit, so you can start growing a little earlier. Daffodils, salvias, lavender, dicentra and pansies - all kinds of bedding plants and smaller shrubs look good in a veggie. The fabric lining was easy to place in the plant pot and held up well when soil was thrown into the container.
If you have time to water and feed a vegtrug and don't have the floor space, it's worth the effort.
What grows well in a VegTrug?
The best thing about growing beans in a veggeTrug is that you don't have to bend down or get on your hands and knees to get to the bottom beans. No matter what size you end up with, for the best results in your garden, I recommend using a square-foot garden plan. You can grow a wide variety of crops, from carrots to sprouts. In addition, VEGtrugs are not only suitable for vegetables. Many of the things I've tried in my own VegTrug, the rest is on the list that I'll try in the coming years.
How long do veg trugs last?
Like any container, the VegTrug needs to be watered frequently, especially in the hot, dry summer months. I've had strawberry plants in the carpet, but they need a bit of cold weather, so I removed the cover and it's now in my shed. I hope you are satisfied with your vegtrugs and if I can give any further advice don't hesitate to contact me. The flatter sides and deeper center allow drainage to a central point and better aeration of the soil, which is beneficial for roots and young seedlings.
The other benefit of covering with a tarp is that excess moisture is kept away from the wood on the inside of the VegTrug, which hopefully helps prevent rot. However, it should last two or three seasons without any problems if it is used correctly and does not remain exposed.
How many bags of soil do I need for a veggie?
The VegTrug holds 7-8 bags of 60L of compost, so there's certainly plenty of soil to play with, but the V-shaped design means it requires less soil than a rectangular box. Raised beds give you an immediate advantage over a normal garden because when you fill your raised bed, you can fill it with a soil mix that is superior to the native soil in your garden. If you don't have access to high-quality topsoil, a 50-50 mix of soilless growing medium and compost is an acceptable replacement. Since my carpet is close to my concrete shed that is powered, I could try placing the low-voltage heating cable directly underground in the carpet in winter.