I’d been looking for a Tubtrug for a while, I just didn’t know it.
Exhibit A: When Scott and I planted some bushes in front of our house the instruction sheet that came with them said to dig a hole and mix that soil with some planting soil and fertilizer. We dug the hole and quickly figured out we had nothing in which we could mix a few cubic feet of soil with other stuff. (The laundry basket lined with garbage bags? An old moving box?) We settled for layering soil and fertilizer, I hope that is not going to kill our plants.
Exhibit B: I regularly trim back ivy and blackberry that grows through our fence. When collecting this I usually put the leafy waste into a paper shopping bag which fills up too quickly, or into a large yard waste tote which refuses to stay open. Frustrating.
After encountering the above I read about Tubtrugs at both Da*xiang and Cool Tools. I went back to the nursery where we bought our shrubs today and bought myself a shiny extra-large one in red. Here it is on our deck:
I love it already. It’s flexible enough that you can pull both handles together and carry it like a tote, a feature that also allows you to pour things from it. It’s strong and keeps it’s shape and, obviously, to wash it you can just spray it with a hose.
The Tubtrug website has a bunch of uses: laundry basket, ice bucket for a picnic, washing your car, and for potting plants (you can pinch it and pour soil into pots). It comes in 14 bright colors and 5 sizes, including a wide but shallow one. The smallest size works just like a bucket, only one you can tote around. The medium and large size are great for recycling containers or laundry. The larger sizes can be used to mix batches of plaster or cement — if it hardens you can pull it out (think: silicone bakeware) and the tub is fine. I’m really pleased, this is one of those simple things that will be able to do so many useful things.