In August it seems like everything in the garden is ripe and ready to pick. If you’re a ‘grow your own’ gardener, or a plot-to-plate professional, or even an avid allotmenteer, you’ll need a container of some kind to proudly bear your produce to the kitchen table. But which style of harvest holder should you opt for?
For timeless harvest style, you simply can’t beat a traditional trug. These wooden classics are as at home getting muddy in the allotment as they are indoors, filled with a beautiful arrangement of seasonal flower and fruit. They add a lovely touch of country style, wherever they are.
Hand crafted from strips of shaped FSC®-certified populus wood and constructed using solid brass pins and screws, our trugs have been designed to give many years of reliable service – and that’s an awful lot of harvests to bring home! There’s even a child’s version, so the little ones can join in too. These trugs carry a huge amount of produce, so fill them with whatever treasures your garden offers up, and enjoy the classic harvest look.
The designer diva
If you like archetypal country house style, but enjoy design with a subtle modern twist, you might like our Sophie Conran for Burgon & Ball harvesting baskets. The result of our collaboration with Sophie Conran, the only daughter in the famous Conran British design dynasty, these hand-crafted harvesting baskets have that designer touch to lift them out of the ordinary.
The baskets are perfect for harvesting tasty treats from the kitchen garden, with plenty of room to gather enough for everybody. It’s also ideal for carrying cut flowers, as the open weave allows any water to simply drain through. They were shortlisted in the Gift of the Year awards this year, so if you don’t feel like treating yourself, you might like to drop a few hints around Christmas time, and look forward to super-stylish harvesting next year!
For the gardener who thinks outside the box, our Hip-Trug is just the thing. A finalist in the Chelsea Product of the Year awards in its launch year, Hip-Trug takes a completely new approach to harvesting. By easily clipping to belt, pocket or waistband, it lets the gardener use both hands to gather fruit and veg. No more pulling at produce which can damage plants, no more bending down to a container on the ground – and no more overloaded hands. It even stays firmly in place while kneeling.
It’s also brilliant if you’re harvesting at height, since it lets you climb your ladder using two hands to hold on. Simply pop your snips or secateurs in the Hip-Trug, attach it to your clothes, and climb up in safety. Watch it in action on our YouTube video. Designed by gardeners for gardeners, Hip-Trug is a new approach to harvesting.
The high-rise harvester
Of course, for some harvesting you first need to obtain those fabulous fruits before they can go anywhere near a container. If you’re going above and beyond to gather in your harvest, you may find our apple picker makes life a lot simpler. It’s perfect for picking hard-to-reach apples, pears and plums; simply hook the strong wire fingers around the stem of the fruit, and twist. Ripe fruit will detach and drop into the cage, which holds a foam liner to cushion the fall. Result: perfectly ripe, bruise-free fruit, brought down to earth with no bumps whatsoever!
We hope you’ve been inspired by the perfect trug or basket to help you bring home the harvest in style. Happy harvesting!