Happy Monday and welcome to the sixth installment of “Not of the garden variety," a weekly, product-centric series that's all about exceptional, agrarian-minded outdoor living accessories and odds and ends — items for in and around the garden that you won't find in the backyards of every Tom, Dick and Harry. 

After last week's fun detour of a post where I rounded up a few classic garden games, I'm heading back to the greenthumbed grind with a look at a couple of handy-dandy but oft-forgotten multipurpose gardening must-haves: versatile, biodegradable twine and trugs/baskets for hauling your hand tools, markers, balm, gloves, bulbs, veggies, pulled weeds, and what have you. 

Is there a gardening item that you'd like to see featuring in an upcoming installment of "Not of the garden variety?" Suggest away in the comments section and stay tuned for next week's post on the wonderful world of garden hoses.

Spool of Twine @ Blackbird Ballard ($18)

Newport Trug @ Flat Tire Decor ($26.99)

Nutscene Greentwist Garden Twine @ Gardener's Supply Company ($14.95)


Recycled Tyre Garden Trug @ Garden Beet (£36.00)

Classic Trug Gift Set @ Flexrack ($34.99) 

The Thoughtful Gardener Gardener's Twine @ Blue Ribbon General Store ($9.50)

Biodegradable Jute Twine @ A-Ha! Modern Living ($4.95)

Seeds Wooden Trug @ Bloomsbury Home & Garden (£11.99}

Recycled Tubtrugs @ Tubtrugs USA ($10.99 - $31.99)

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Not of the garden variety: Trugs and twine
This week's installment of 'Not of the garden variety' spotlights two agrarian accoutrements that any serious backyard gardening operation should not be without