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The Best Home Gardener Harvest Containers

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When all of a gardener’s hard work and planning finally comes to fruition, literally, a sturdy and reliable container or apron is the perfect harvest companion. Whether it’s a cheap, DIY, or store bought harvest basket or apron, there are various options out there to fit every garden and gardener. And be sure to go all the way to the end of this post to be entered to win a FREE Roo Apron Bundle!

the best harvest containers for home gardeners

What is a harvest container and why do gardeners need one?

A harvest container is simply a vessel used to collect and carry harvested produce. It can be as simple as a basket or a tote bag, or it can be something more elaborate like a wheelbarrow or wagon.

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The important thing is that the harvest container is big enough to hold all of your crops and easy to transport from your garden to the house or a washing station. And bonus if your harvest container has additional functions like storage and/or the ability to wash veggies inside it.

And all of these harvest containers come in a variety of price ranges from just a few dollars to pricier carts for those with big hauls.

What are the best harvest containers for home gardeners?

There are many different types of harvest containers available, but not all of them are suitable for home gardeners. The best harvest containers for home gardeners are ones that are lightweight, durable, and easy to clean. Here are some of our favorites:

Baskets: Baskets are lightweight and easy to carry, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They are also easy to clean, but be careful not to overload them or they may break. Baskets are perfect for those with a small backyard garden or raised bed that may do daily small harvests.

While baskets come in a variety of materials and shapes, this Garden Hod from Burpee has wire along the bottom and sides for dirt to fall through and an easy way to wash veggies.

Burpee Garden Hod

Totes: Totes are similar to baskets, but they have handles for easier carrying. They are also larger than baskets, making them perfect for larger harvests.

Totes are a good choice for home gardeners who want something that is both lightweight and durable. See my tutorial for the DIY Gathering Basket, which is a tote made from dollar store items that allows you to harvest and wash your veggies and save the water. This particular tote has lasted us for over four years now, and it was $2.

gathering basket
DIY Garden Gathering Basket

Gardening Aprons: While these may seem like they won’t hold much, the humble harvest apron is so much more than it seems (and not just for women)! They can be various sizes, but essentially a gardening apron has a large pouch for placing your garden harvest.

There are DIY tutorials out there, but I love my Roo Apron which not only has a large pouch for harvesting, but it also has other pockets for storing pruners, twine, seeds, etc.

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Roo Apron in Green

Wheeled Containers: Wheeled containers are perfect for those with a large harvest. They are durable and can hold a lot of produce, and the wheels make it easy to transport them from your garden to your potting bench or home. I love my Gorilla Cart for any kind of large hauls around the yard and garden.

A simple wheelbarrow can also do the trick for larger harvests, but I do find carts to be easier to maneuver once they’re full.

gorilla cart with raised bed garden in background
My Gorilla Cart gift on Mother’s Day

So, what harvest container is best for you? It really depends on your needs and what type of harvest you are expecting. Baskets and totes are great for small harvests, while aprons and wheeled containers are perfect for larger harvests. No matter what you choose, make sure it is something that is lightweight and good for your space.

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Saturday 2nd of April 2022

Thank you for these great tips and the raffle!

Pauleen Kurth

Saturday 2nd of April 2022

I use two 5 gall buckets. so I can just wash the veggies, specially, carrots and potateos. Empty, the muddy water on my flower beds.


Saturday 2nd of April 2022

I’m loving all these idea! I definitely need to upgrade my harvesting container. A mixing bowl from my kitchen or just using my arms isn’t cutting it anymore. And that Roo Apron is a game changer since it can hold both large and small things! No more running back to the house to get another container.


Saturday 2nd of April 2022

I'm a former colander user here, so I totally know what you're talking about! The apron holds so. much. more. :)

Clay S.

Saturday 2nd of April 2022

Great ideas! Amanda and I are looking forward to growing our first garden as a married couple this year


Saturday 2nd of April 2022

Yay! I'm so glad to hear it!

Jennifer Barajas

Friday 1st of April 2022

I buy cheap large pots from Sam's Club. I really like them they are large enough to multiple plants in and like I said they are cheap, under $30. Actually the quality isn't bad, I just have to drill out larger hole in the bottom so my plants don't get root rot.


Saturday 2nd of April 2022

That's a great idea! I've never thought to get pots from Sams. Thanks for the tip!