Ideal for veg in a small garden, or a project for elderly relatives who can’t bend, VegTrug (www.vegtrug.com) planters enable easy growing. Raised on legs and made from sustainable plantation-grown fir in a variety of sizes, the sections are delivered flatpacked. Although the website clip makes assembly look easy and straightforward, it might be a plan to invite a DIY-inclined relative to tea on the day of construction. Once up, the liner fitted and the trug filled with compost, the fun part can start. I rather like the VegTrug Cold Frame (£7.99 from wwww.marshalls-seeds.co.uk) designed to fit the Small Wooden Patio Planter (£1299.99 from Marshalls). The framed lid of double insulation polycarbonate is ideal for starting tender crops early and nursing along delicate plug plants. The lid can open partially or fully to ventilate on mild days.
Gardening expert and author of the Quilter Cheviot Gardening Club, Anne Swithinbank.