For my 2015 trialled and tested list of gifts for gardeners, I recommended a hand-made Trug Makers Trug – Trug No.7 – a large, deep versatile trug, ideal for harvesting large vegetables and fruit. I am still using my Trug No.7, this versatile trug is just as good now as it was when it arrived with me in 2015.
After he read my 2015 review, Trug Maker Kevin Skinner very kindly offered to send me a trug of my choice, I love growing sweet peas, daffodils, roses, and cut flowers, so the choice was simple – I opted for the Daffodil Trug, the trug that you see pictured below. I had previously used my Trug Makers Trug No.7 for harvesting flowers, this trug worked well for flowers on the whole (it is fine for flowers as long as they don’t have very long stems) but it’s so much easier to use my Daffodil Trug for picking flowers, as the longer, shallower base of this trug allows the flowers to lay flat without their stems bending or breaking. Since the Daffodil Trug arrived with me in November 2015, I have always used this trug for harvesting flowers. The Daffodil Trug is also great for harvesting fruit and vegetables too, especially smaller fruits and vegetables or any harvest that you want to avoid being squashed. Although my Trug Makers No.7 is still the one that I use for most larger fruit and vegetables, my Daffodil Trug is a better choice for cut flowers, mushrooms, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, as well as soft fruits like strawberries, cherries, raspberries, plums, and rhubarb.
This year, I grew some really tall daffodils, these flowers needed to be picked promptly, as being so very tall, they have the tendency to snap under the weight of their flowers, more so in wet weather or even the lightest of breezes. These very long stemmed daffodils fitted comfortably into my Daffodil Trug. It is such a pleasure and a joy to pick cut flowers, but my Daffodil Trug makes these moments feel even more special!
Hand-made gifts are something very special, they simply cannot compare to mass produced products, which could never have the same charm or beauty. It is wonderful that sustainable gifts are now more popular, Trug Makers hand made trugs are truly sustainable. I have found Trug Makers trugs to be a well made, lasting product, which is a joy to use.
Trug Makers offer a lifetime guarantee on their trugs, which are hand-crafted from birch using traditional methods and pure copper tacks. I am not aware of another trug maker offering such a generous guarantee! Kevin has been crafting his trugs from birch wood since 1969, prior to this Kevin used willow for making his trugs, but after experimenting and trialling different materials, he found that birch was harder wearing, stronger and wood worm resistant. Unlike a willow trug, a birch trug won’t rot.
Kevin Skinner is naturally, and quite rightly, very proud of his work, Kevin signs and dates all of his trugs. You can see the underside of my trug in the photograph below. The Trug Makers stamp and Kevin’s signature are on the underside of the trug, in the centre – it’s very discreet, you would only see it if you turn the trug over to look. I think this is a lovely touch, making the gift even more special, especially if the month or the year was of significance to the trug owner.
Trug Makers produce their hand-crafted trugs in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs, so there’s bound to be a trug that’s perfect for you – there is even an indoor trug, designed to display fruit or vegetables in the kitchen or indoors. Trug Makers are a family run-business, they offer a traditional, hand-made product, with modern efficiency and fast, next-day delivery – so the perfect choice if you’ve left things to the last minute and need a gift to be sent asap!
Trug Makers offer a remarkably fast and efficient order and delivery service, which is expertly run by Kevin’s wife Jaqui, you can order their hand-made trugs online via the Trug Makers website, or if you prefer, you can order over the telephone (Trug Makers 01323 440452). The Trug Makers are very helpful, they take telephone orders during the daytime, evenings, and at weekends. If you place your order before 10.30am, you will receive your trug the next day via a courier. Trug Makers’ trugs can be posted directly to the gift recipient, together with a gift message – each trug will arrived boxed up, maintaining the surprise of what’s inside, and also allowing for the gift to be opened at a later date should you wish this. Trug Makers’ trugs are ideal for a last minute, but nonetheless incredibly special gift. With all the different shapes and sizes of trug available, which include trugs to use inside the home, there is bound to be a trug that’s perfect for you. Trug Makers’ trugs make a useful, practical, beautiful, and very special gift.
To read my review of the Trug Makers Trug No.7, please click here.
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