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a VegTrug of sorts!


 
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Digger Dan
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:46 pm    Post subject: a VegTrug of sorts! Reply with quote

Wanting to get as much growing area as I can I had a small space between the rain harvesting tank and where the new greenhouse will be going that was calling out for some planter or container!

Also wanting to recycle as much as is usable from the old veggie plot I decided to turn a small raised bed I had made from some decking boards into a VegTrug!
I came across the VegTrug here: https://www.vegtrug.com/range/vegtrug-planters/
The idea of raising a box up on legs isn't new but they do a nice job with their versions.
I put four legs on the box (overall height 0.5m) and put another piece of decking board between them, about 150mm lower.



I cut some scrap pieces of pitch pine to form the 'V' of the trug. I then lined the box with anti-weed membrane to create the retainer for the soil.



The trug at 1 m in length fitted just right into the space I had. Filled it with soil and compost mix ready to plant. The 'V' design of the trug saves on soil mix but still giving enough volume to hopefully not dry out too quickly in the summer.



The thing I like about the VegTrug idea is the deeper soil depth you get in the centre (250mm in this case), which allows you to plant root crops like carrots. So that's what I did!



I want to use trug as a 'salad bar' so planted one row of lettuce leaves. I have some radish and rocket in pots which I plan to transplant shortly for another row in front of carrot line.



Has anyone bought an original VegTrug, they do look the part!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Way to go Dan. All the best ideas are in the sunny south east.
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