Choose Your Container
Go with a Container You Have Space For
Decide how large the trug will be. I went with the VegTrug Raised Rectangular Cedar Planter for its sturdiness and full size, but you should choose the one that you have room for. This spacious planter's distinct V-shape not only allows more depth for better planting — it uniquely offers greater accessibility to accommodate wheelchair users.
If you need something a little smaller, try the All Things Cedar raised garden bed. It's slightly smaller and will fit in most yards easily. If you wanted to grow something that requires a trellis, such as red runner or pole beans, the Kingsrow Planter with a Trellis is perfect. You don't even have to have the garden bed raised right off the ground on legs — though this does make snacking easier for the kids — you can have one that sits at ground level.
The All Things Cedar Tiered Garden Box is perfect for a snack container, with lots of growing space.
Pick Your Soil & Plants
Look for a Nutrient-Rich Soil
Let Your Appetite Decide
I went with cherry tomatoes and snap peas in my Snack Trug this year, as those were the children's choices.
Peas are excellent in raised containers, as you can let them grow over the sides of the trug, hanging down naturally. Plant them closer to the front, and there will be peas to snack on right at arm's length for the kids.
Larger plants can go in the back; I chose three cherry tomatoes and caged them. The VegTrug is suitably deep to use wire tomato cages, but do be careful and try not to hit the bottom.
Vegetables that vine and take up a lot of room like cucumbers can successfully be grown over the side of the trug, maximizing the space that you have.
All that is required after planting is some watering — preferably by the kids themselves! This is the perfect starter garden to get the kids involved.
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How To Terms
If you want to design your own container garden, here are some tips to get you off on the right foot. The concept is simple: thrillers, fillers, and spillers.
From cutting to planting your favourite flowers and vegetables, follow step-by-step to create the ultimate raised garden bed.