Filling Your Vegtrug {A How-To Guide}

Do want to own a Vegtrug and fill it with delicious herbs, fruits and vegetables? How do you fill a Vegtrug to ensure that your crops are fertile and thriving?

In this article, we’ll discuss how to fill a Vegtrug and everything else that goes along with it.

Filling Your Vegtrug: Make sure to follow the Vegtrug company instructions carefully. Fill it with a mixture of soil and compost that is loam based with a peat mix that is naturally reduced for optimal plant growth. 

What is a Vegtrug?

Vegtrug is a name of a product that acts as a garden planter. It’s elevated and great for growing herbs. fruit and vegetables without having to bend down all day. It takes the chore out of gardening and provides better access to people who have difficulties growing in suboptimal conditions or uncomfortable positions.

The Vegtrug opens up gardening to a whole new market of people who are beginners or those who thought growing would be impossible on their property. Physically challenged individuals, the elderly or anyone with back problems would benefit as well by taking care of a garden at waist level.

Why Should I Use a Vegtrug?

If the weather conditions are unsuitable, too wet or too dry, the Vegtrug can be very useful. The soil in your garden could get sandy, soggy and the dirt becomes infertile. If your space is limited for growing vegetables, fruits and herbs in a traditional garden, you can use a Vegtrug.

Here’s a list of reasons why a Vegtrug would work well.

  • Wet, soggy soil in your yard
  • Sandy or dirt that can’t grow anything but weeds
  • Infertile soil with no nutrients
  • Limited space
  • Better accessibility 
  • Concentrated and rapid crop growth
  • Able to cover it and winterize it

Do I Have to Assemble A Vegtrug?

The Vegtrug arrives in a flat-packed box. Anyone who is a newbie in DIY projects will appreciate the simple instructions that come with it. Some of us hate the idea of putting together furniture from giant retailers like IKEA, but for someone with years of experience working for this furniture company, I’d have to say that assembling the Vegtrug isn’t so bad.

Make sure to assemble the legs first, but keep the bolts loose for now. If you tighten it at first, the entire Vegtrug will be off balance. Put the sides in place and once again, loosely place the screws to keep it together. Once you get the positions right, you can tighten everything up.

What Are The Steps To Fill My Vegtrug?

Start with the fabric liner first. Get it into position and remember that although it’s durable, it’s also replaceable. You will probably need a new one after a few season of growing in your Vegtrug. Next up, is the soil and compost.

Vegtrugs come in different sizes, so let’s start with the small size. 210 liters of compost should include loam in it. Products such as John Innes No.3 are loam based with a peat mix that helps to hold water and nutrients for the best growing conditions.

  1. Put in fabric liner.
  2. Add soil/compost.
  3. Add loam based John Innes No. 3 with a peat mix.

Optional considerations include:

  • perlite
  • lime juice
  • epsom salt

Each of these additional options should be researched further to see if they match well with what you’re trying to grow in your Vegtrug..

What Should I Add To My Vegtrug After Plants Start Growing?

Your primary objective is to keep the soil healthy. If you’ve succeeded in doing that, you will see your plants growing, but the job is not done. Wait about 5-6 weeks and add:

  • Organic fertilizer 
  • Liquid feed
  • Top layer of fresh compost

Keep up the good work and maintain your soil’s health to ensure that your plants get the best nutrient absorption. The design of the Vegtrug helps to keep drainage low while keeping in the maximum amount of nutrients.

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How Do I Prevent Slugs And Snails In My Vegtrug?

Slugs and snails are pests in the garden. They damage crops and plants, but they can be handled with a few tricks up our sleeve. Petroleum jelly works well here. Start with the base of the legs and spread a thick layer of petroleum jelly 10 inches up the leg.

This is an ingenious way of stopping the slugs and snails from working their way up to your Vegtrug. The sheer design and elevation of this apparatus for growing plants is set up to help combat pests, but a little petroleum jelly works really well and doesn’t cause any harm to your Vegtrug. Apply it frequently and especially after it rains.

Should I Cover My Vegtrug?

The Vegtrug should come with an additional frame and cover to help you winterize it. You can also lengthen your growing season this way and enjoy the fruits of your labor into the late fall or early winter.

Some people say that they can still grow crops in their Vegtrug in icy conditions thanks to the cover. It also helps helps to keep bugs out and their larvae as well. If you have the option of getting a cover, we recommend that you do.

What Are The Best Crops to Fill A Vegtrug?

After you have filled a Vegtrug with compost and soil, make sure that you’ve broken up any lumps and made the bed firm, but light and airy. There shouldn’t be spaces or the crops you place in there will fall or collapse when you water them.

The following are the most popular crops to consider filling your Vegtrug with:

  • Carrots
  • Sprouts
  • Strawberries
  • Potatoes
  • Squash
  • Chilies
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Beans 
  • Onions
  • Spinach 
  • Lettuce
  • Oregano
  • Parsley

To each their own and the options continue to flow when you have filled a healthy Vegtrug with high quality soil with loam based compost.

Where Should I Put My Vegtrug?

The beauty of the Vegtrug is that you can place it anywhere that you feel is the perfect spot. Look for a place that is sheltered to a degree, but also able to soak in sunlight. Your harvest will be plentiful and easily accessible.

Try to avoid low areas and stick to areas that can get up to 8 hours of sunlight per day. You can choose your deck, patio, front or back porch or even a balcony. Make sure your wood surfaces can support the weight and are treated, stained and sealed to prevent any rot or issues that could result from the weight and watering of the Vegtrug.

Where Should I Place Root Crops In the Vegtrug?

Keeping a Vegtrug means that your crops with be close together. If you place garlic next to root crops, you will deter pests from trying the get into them. Potatoes, carrots, leaks are perfect to grow in a Vegtrug but the best spot would be the middle. This is where the soil is the deepest.

The edges of the Vegtrug contain soil and compost that are more shallow. This is better for leafy greens or radishes. Leave a gap at the top of about 3 inches or so to prevent overflow.

How Far Apart Should I Space Out The Crops In My Vegtrug?

It’s best to look up each type of crop to see what the recommendations are for spacing. The following is only a small list of crops that you could put in your Vegtrug and the spacing details are provided below:

  • Broccoli: 20 inches
  • Lettuce: 4 inches
  • Potatoes: 12 inches
  • Peas: 3 inches
  • Tomatoes: 24 inches
  • Carrots: 2 inches

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I Need To Treat The Wood On My Vegtrug?

The Vegtrug comes treated with a preservative that is water safe. It does not need to be treated, but we still recommend that you consider it in the coming seasons. In 3 years time, you start to see some degrading if you don’t treat the wood at least once or twice more. If your climate conditions are dry and sunny, treat it more often. We recommend once a year.

How Much Soil and Compost Do I Need For My Vegtrug?

  • Medium 1.8m VegTrug:  420 Liters
  • Small 1m VegTrug: 210 Liters
  • Mini 75cm VegTrug: 180 Liters

What Kind Of Soil Should I Use In My Vegtrug?

Use a general purpose compost in the Vegtrug, but consider adding a mixture in it. Consider John Innes no. 3 because it’s loam based and heavier to prevent the Vegtrug from drying out. Add 20% of this mixture into the compost and you’ll be able to grow healthy crops much better as they will absorb nutrients much better.

Can I Use An Automatic Watering System With My Vegtrug?

A drip system that automatically waters your Vegtrug can work, but the company doesn’t sell or recommend it. They don’t want the drip system to directly come into contact with the wooden structure of the Vegtrug to maintain its integrity and durability. Make sure the wood stays dry and keep the fabric liner overlapped on it to protect it.

Can I Put Wheels On My Vegtrug?

The company doesn’t sell wheels and doesn’t want you to do this. The Vegtrug when filled, is heavy and if it’s being moved on wheels, it could break. A smooth surface with wheels that are low to the ground might work, but be careful not to hit a stone or curb. The warranty gets voided if anyone chooses to put wheels on their Vegtrug.

We hope you enjoy the benefits of growing crops with a properly filled Vegtrug.