From the employee-owners of Gardener's Supply

Too Many Tubtrugs?

I already have 5 of them. Three old black ones and two more in pistachio green. But I could definitely use a couple more.

Last fall, when I was harvesting the last of the vegetables, I filled my tub trugs with beets and carrots; I used them to transport asters and other plants that I had dug out of the perennial border; I put daffodil bulbs in them (the ones I accidentally dug up when planting tulips); and I always had one of them filled with a mix of peat moss, granular organic fertilizer and compost so I could give a boost to plants that were being divided or moved.

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Even though it’s winter now, evey one of them is still in use. There are three in the basement filled with acorn squash, glad bulbs and canna lily roots. Another one is filled with worm castings from my worm bin. And the last one holds potting soil for transplanting houseplants.

Last weekend we had some unusually warm weather and I was able to clean up one of the perennial beds that I hadn’t dealt with last fall. I was disappointed that there wasn’t an extra tub trug around to hold my gear (pruning tools, scissors, gloves, etc.). I like keeping one in the back of my car, too.

So I figure need at least 2 more of the big, 11-gallon size. And now that we’re offering two smaller sizes, 3 1/2 gallon and 7 gallon, I’m sure I’ll be coming up with a bunch of new uses once spring arrives. Hmmm… will it be purple? Sky blue?

-Kathy LaLiberte, Director of Gardening


  1. February 1, 2008    

    Will the Tubtrugs hold water in the winter without cracking and breaking, when it’s cold enough to freeze the water?

  2. Kathy
    February 1, 2008    

    Hi Rose,
    Yes they will. I’m not very good about cleaning up at the end of the season and usually leave mine outdoors. Since they’re flexible, you can just pop out the frozen water — like cubes out of ice cube tray.

  3. Rebecca
    October 3, 2013    

    Am I the only one whose Tub Trugs have all cracked after five years of use? Two were recycled long ago and the third and fourth are totally cracked. I sent photos of the first cracked, broken ones to Tub Trugs in the UK and did not receive a reply. Two more are crumbling. We lived in Seattle and now in Northern California so not extreme weather in either place.

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