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Great concept but not pest-free
After thorough research, I decided a Vegepod was the only solution for my exposed, windswept balcony nad I'm happy that I made the right choice.
Pros - The canopy fixes very firmly into the clips and doesn't budge. On the Facebook group, I've seen reports of possums, deer and even a bear trying to get into the Vegepod without success. The self-watering system works well so the Pod doesn't need watering very often. The canopy does a very effective job of protecting my delicate seedlings from high winds.
Cons - The ads suggest the Vegepo...d is pest-free but that is not the case. There is a finger-width gap between the canopy and the base, and a gap where the hose enters, and aphids can enter through the mesh, but predators like ladybugs won't find their way in (and of course, neither can birds). You need to b alert for pests as with any garden bed. The watering is done with a mister fitted to the top of the canopy. It's very difficult to set it so it waters evenly, and some owners don't use it for that reason. However, as you don't have to water frequently, hand-watering isn't a big job. Tips for assembly: watch the videos before you start, it will save you a lot of head-scratching. The canopy fits very tightly over the frame and needed two people to wrestle it into submission. I bought a small Vegepod because I wasn't sure it would work. However the small one is really too small to grow much, unless you're able to use it without the canopy (so you can let plants trail over the edge or grow up on a trellis). I now wish I had taken the plunge and bought a Medium one.
Purchased in May 2020.
canopy material too small
This is the second large Vegepod I've bought. I was happy with the first but this last one has left me depressed. Since it took weeks to be delivered I've tried my level best to fit the material over the canopy frame rather than request a replacement. I've been at it for two days.
I am not sure a custodial sentence is appropriate, but whoever made these frustratingly small pieces of material needs to at least do a couple of days hard labour, as I have done.
Purchased in March 2020.
Disappointed, bugs still eating my plants
I saw an ad for the vegepod where it made claims about pest free growing with the cover, so I invested over $500 to get the large one with the stand. It was a bit of a nightmare to assemble the base as it did not line up but finally got it. Bought quality soil and put my plants in. The plants are growing okay, not any better than the ones that I have in raised garden beds, but was horrified to find that something is eating the plants.
The cover has been on the whole time, apart from the few minutes where I water the plants. The clamps us...
5 STAR product and 5 STAR service
Absolutely thrilled with our LARGE VEGEPOD and truly blown away by the 24 hr turnaround in replacement of two of the pods that had been damaged in the delivery process. The staff were extremely helpful and apologised for any disappointment and inconvenience that we may have suffered and immediately took steps to rectify the problem. You will go far with this wonderful level of customer service, Vegepod. Many thanks, Sue
Purchased in April 2020 at Vegepod online .
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Limited life of some components, flawed design
I purchased a large vegepod with a cover from a Mitre 10 store in February 2016. I closely followed recommendations to raise it (using besser blocks and sleepers), and a mixture to fill it with. Vegepod staff were very courteous and helpful with this (and a missing parts issue).
However plants did not thrive: the perlite in the mix and in the water catchment attracted mould, the use of overhead irrigation encouraged fungal diseases and weed growth in my SE Qld location, and it attracted large numbers of bush cockroaches which I have since learn...
We purchased 2 medium and 1 large Vegepod 2 days before NZ went into our covid 19 lock-down. We already had punnets of Bok-Choy, Broccoli, carrots, silver-beet, Spinach etc. 3 weeks later we are taking leaves off the silver-beet and spinach and have also pulled and eaten 2 Bok-Choy. The growth and health of the plants is amazing, with little to no time spent looking after them, just a quick watering. Totally recommend these pods. Wayne NZ.
Holes, notches or zip ties
I used the video to assemble my pod and trolley with no problems. Easy to follow. Unfortunately the video talks about putting together the wicking drains using holes and notches to click together. My pack contained 6 drains all with holes, none with notches. Have since found out that this is old stock that uses zip ties to connect them. People at Vegepod, could you just update your instructions please as I thought I’d been given a pack which was faulty. I can now finish completing the pod assembly using the ties to put them together. Other than this, so far, so good! Looking forward to planting!
And also, I didn’t have any written instructions to follow in my pod, so maybe need to look into this as well.
Purchased in April 2020.
Poor packaging, poor instructions
Haven't had the chance to use it yet, but the bolts and wingnuts were loose in the box, and the box was damaged when we received it. Lost some of that hardware out of the box opening I suspect. Also the instructions were missing how to put together the wicking wells. Luckily I was intelligent enough to figure it out on my own. Some of us prefer to follow written instructions, not video instructions.
Purchased in February 2020 at Indianapolis Home Show.
Outstanding product. Ideal for veg. growing in the small garden
Purchased in April 2019 at Harrogate flower show.
Not worth the price
Bought a full size Vegepod with the stand few weeks ago for my mum (paid $535). It's only a show piece, not worth for the price.
As the area of planting not enough, I went and bought few 73L plastic crates ($15 each) from Bunnings and made a raised timber frame to keep. This works well compared to very expensive Vegepod.
Regret and feel shame spending $535 on this expensive piece. I wish I could get refund.
Low maintenance High yield
This is a fantastic product. We purchased the medium with the stand. The ability to wheel it around was great especially if you have to chase the sun. Wish the clips were better quality and the attached hood line was more sturdy. A few extra hoses in the lid would make for better overall misting. We will be purchasing a another one this year !!!!
Purchased in April 2019 at Lee valley .
Excellent Customer Service
I purchased a large VegePod some time ago. I needed some help and advice regarding the Winter cover. When you ring, you talk to a 'real person' with excellent product knowledge. On this occasion I spoke with Paul Harris. He gave me several tips to help my particular needs. With so many companies not wanting to know you after the sale is made VegPod is so refreshingly different. Customer service is awesome, as are the excellent products they sell. I would recommend VegePod as being unique and makes keeping pests of your produce a breeze. No horrible chemical sprays are necessary. We often go away for a week or more at a time so the self wicking watering takes care of that during these times. Thanks to Paul at VegePod.
Purchased in January 2018.
5 rotten tomatoes for assembly
I tried to assemble the base today, but found the cross braces had the pre drilled holes in the wrong place and didn't align with the corner brackets. The result .. break out the clamps and 7 mm drill bit, and realign the holes. You must be skilled at drilling through steel for this one. As for the instructions, I found the photos blurry and unclear. Good luck I say, as I'm a qualified carpenter/handyman who spends his whole day solving problems, and on the tools. Give me an IKEA instruction book any day. And no, I didn't call the help desk, and the videos weren't much chop either. No flowery apology required from the customer service team.
Purchased in August 2019.
Brilliant after sales required extra clips on to hold canopy on receive next day a x the pod is absolutely great
Absolutely brilliant piece of kit rotating crops all summer will use this to put trays off seeds in to start of over the cold weatherfeaxy for planting on next season
Purchased in May 2018 for A$150.00.
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This is the best product ever
I received the large vegepod as a gift from my husband and son I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and can’t kneel or bend I also purchased the stand and winter cover so I could get started straight away with planting from seeds after 5 weeks I was picking lettuce and week 8 had some dwarf peas it’s amazing all growing nicely like they are in a glass house due to the winter cover so I can highly recommend the vegepod and you don’t get garden pests eating your vegetables so no nasty pesticides you have to love that the photo on the left is as of today
Purchased in May 2019 at Vegepod .
Very happy with this.
So far, my Vegepod is living up to all the claims. It's late May in Western PA and I've been harvesting spinach and lettuce for weeks (with no bugs chewing on it before I get a chance to). I have bean plants growing like wild-fire and tomato plants well over a foot high. Last night we had severe thunderstorms with hail. I was regretting that my Vegepod was exposed as I was watching the hail bounce across my deck. It's wasn't especially large hail - most about 1/2" diameter with a scattering of about 1" size pieces, but it was coming down w...ith significant velocity. This morning I went out to check the damage... and there was NONE! The cover showed no signs of damage, and my plants were absolutely fine - totally soaked, but perfectly fine. I could see that the overflow feature had kicked in, as there was just a little pearlite on the ground underneath the frame. More storms are expected this afternoon and I may throw a tarp over it just to keep another excess of water from entering, but even if I don't, I know now that my garden can survive severe weather.
Purchased in March 2019 for A$475.00.
Purchased the large VegePod the night of 20th May and it arrived first thing in morning on the 22nd May. Veggie gardens are my wife's domain but i can say from the husbands point of view as i assembled it for her i was very impressed with the quality of products supplied and how easy it was to assemble. All holes lined up perfectly and everything fit nicely. Very impressed. Thanks Vegepod.
Purchased in May 2019.
Questions & Answers
I live in Wisconsin, USA approx 44 deg latitude. have a canopy but wondering if this is too much shading. The pod is in the shade of a tree for 3-4 hours a day and wonder if I should keep canopy off except on really hot days for optimal growth?
The canopy is not really a shade cover per se ... it’s the world’s lowest shade rate at 15% in farm grader mesh for that very purpose of letting in as much light in for veg as possible.
It’s a pity you have only 3 to 4 direct hours of sunlight but we would recommend you keep the canopy on as the benefits of the canopy (ie pest, weather, weed protection plus microclimate gains) outweigh any benefit of letting in just a little more light during 4 hours.
Cheers and happy growing!
Can it tolerate the heat in middle east? Reaching 50 degrees celsius during summer.
Yes. The water reservoirs below help for a start. Then you can also add the extra green shade cover. Vegepod UAE and Vegepod Qatar have already been doing very well throughout these temperatures.
Live in Newstead Vic. Does the lift up lid protect veg from Frost?
I don't have any personal experience, as we don't get frost in Perth. But from what I've read, frost forms in situ when the temperature around the leaf surface falls below freezing. So the canopy by itself wouldn't stop that happening.
However, the mass of water and damp soil in the Vegepod unit would comprise a heat reservoir, and the canopy would help slow the loss of heat from that.
So on balance, the canopy would help a bit, but wouldn't give guaranteed protection from frost.
Yes the commercial farming mesh does indeed stop air frost in its own right. But even if super super cold frost you can get the additional hothouse cover (non permeable clear greenhouse effect) to add extra warmth.
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