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A awesome family way to grow healthy home grown veggies
After many years of growing veggies using many different methods,some successful,some not,we discovered the Vegepod around three years ago.In our trials and errors we learnt that our soil quality , ph factor for each crop,and feeding of vigorous veggies at various stages,important.We also learnt that different veggies were compatible when grown others not.To reduce bugs we have planted plants that help reduce root nematodes, plants that deter bugs via scents/masks they omit,and placed false white butter flies around the pod.We still have to spr...ay quality horticulture oils and dipel from time to time.We do not use the bug cover as our combinations of tall(1.5m),medium(1m) and small veggies,herbs does not fit the cover dimensions. We did use it the first year growing just ice berg lettuce,which was good.The Vegepod is great to have the bug cover on to germinated our veggies seeds.We use a system of recyling our kitchen green waste that leeches into the veggie soil,activating earthworm activity.Bearing in mind we only use rain water from tanks on our veggies via a drip system,this does not discourage the earthworms.We are about to take out our spring /summer crops,sweeten the soil and plant winter crops that naturally rejuvenate the spent soils.Overall a great product giving us heaps of healthy homegrown veggies, that is now a family fun thing to do,one family member has bought their own,and also had a great experience.Its great brings our family together on a common interest,thats really good.
Perfect buy. We love it
We bought the bigger sized vegepod at the Flower Show in Melbourne about 3 years ago. It was an impulse buy, but we have not regretted it.
We love it. The veggies grow beautifully in it. A success every time. Well worth the money we invested in it. We have had friends and family who were so surprised to see the results we were getting.
About three weeks ago we had a servere weather event, i had a pallet leaning on my fence which fell onto one of the two large vege pods..crushing the hood, i have to say im extremly impressed with the service... well done guys/gals... one great product.... so cool its australian made.
Okay but does have a few problems, already showing signs of rust
I started using my pod less than 2 months ago. In the lid section there are already rust stains at the base of the vertical poles where they meet the cross bars. I only noticed this when the lid was turned upside down when the retraining cord came undone, and the rusty water flowed out through the plastic joining pieces.
I've pushed the retaining clips firmly into place but the lid does come off ift you open it up and the string comes undone. Not sure how it will perform in high winds but I think I will probably have to tie down the lid as t...here are only two clips at the front, four would be better. I find the sprinkler system is patchy and no longer use it - some areas receive no water at all, whereas one of the nozzles is far too forceful and causes water to pond, this causes patchy seed germination. Be prepared for some strong pongs and loads of small flies if you add the amount of cow manure the instructions recommend. I have the large pod and stand and find the growing surface area to be very good, the plants that are growing, grow well and I'm delighted with their progress - already eating radishes and lettuce. You need a strong surface to stand it on as it is very heavy when full.
Finally put together the trolley.
The instructions are terrible. Had to download the pdf so I could make out the individual items. I returned it to the supplier and received a replacement. Rang the company and by trial and YouTube got it together. 2 issues I had were the nuts (27 instead of 28) and 1 of the angle trolley supports had a lip on the inside castor hole that made it difficult to feed the bolt through. Used tthe allen key to help it lock into place. I persisted and won. Hopefully won't have the same problem with the vegepod unit.
I bought a small Vegepod from a local supplier here in WA, struggled a little putting it together, then planted it out with leafy greens and strawberries. I’ve been totally blown away with how the plants have grown in the past few weeks! I get a real buzz out of harvesting for work lunches and dinners. I can’t wait to taste the strawberries!!!
Farmer's wife buys. Farmer laughs, then Farmer's wife has the last laugh
I have been gardening from a young child in a self sufficient family. The only food we bought was day old bread. My grandparents were also largely dependant on growing their own food, I have known how to grow food, but in more recent years it has delivered increasing trials for decreasing benefit. My extended family and I have challenged each other with new varying methods of growing greens especially. Veggie pod wins with the other competition methods all blown away. It is a great product. However I feel there are improvements that could be ma...de. An understanding of soil and soil microbial life is just as important and perhaps your company could include some education in living soil and nutrient provisions for the food that people desire to grow. We are farmers, the soil is the health both visable and nutriental of the plant. It is a great product, it is a good container and system but the dirt is the medium in which it all grows. I have a large, I planted it 2nd Dec. in 18 days after waterng it for a total of 10 minutes I have an harvest which I cannot contain. Literally. I will email vegepod with my improvement suggestions?
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Good product, just a few small annoyances.
I purchased a large Vegepod in May 2017, filled it up with the good stuff recommended by Vegepod. I planted all from seed and even during winter had excellent growth. NO BUGS! My canopy has come off a couple of times but Vegepod do offer to send more clips free of charge. The propagation cover could be better, it has ripped very easily at the corners (gaping holes now) even after being very careful. I find the ties fiddly to attach however it has acted as a raincoat for the pod and saved my plants from being drowned. It's a pleasure being able ...to plant veg and know that I will get to harvest something for all my hard work. It was a bit of a challenge to put together but all in all a very good product. Loses a star due to a couple of small things that let this product down 1. Misting attachments work on and off even from new 2. Weak plastic alligator clips that do not hold the tube connection. I would recommend these pods and buy more for myself.
Assembling Trolley stand
I don't know who design these stands. The joins don't align to the bolts. The instructions are blurred copies and difficult to read. Very disappointed after paying good money for this product, its taken me half a day trying to put one together and that's just the stand. Problem is I bought two of them!!
As someone who rents, I love the concept of the vegepod. I have the large version with two tables to support it.
My concerns are:
1. Canopy flies every time there is any wind
2. The spray system does reach the outer regions of the pod and plants that I located in order to climb up the arch have died. Adjusting the spray seems quite simple - change the location of the holes so it is more far reaching.
3. The clips for the arch do not seem to hold it securely & it keeps popping out.
4. I tried to call customer service to register my concern...
Great product, easy assembly and brilliant customer service to boot!
We purchased a 1m x 1m Vegepod with a stand on wheels.
Easy assembly and with the wheels, I can push it around the deck to get the get the best sun / rain / shade / shelter.
Upon assembly, one tiny part missing. Vegepod sent it to me quickly and all is good.
Cannot wait to see the garden grow!
Absolute Legends !
Got 2 large with stands & their both full to the top. One has cherry tomatoes, snow peas & capsicum all staked & about 80cm in height, none get squashed by the hood, like someone below said. Lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, strawberries & heaps more in the other one. I use blood n bone every few weeks & they love it. Hose works great in both, & easy as to set up. We live in the middle of nowhere in QLD with stinking 40 degree heat all through summer, both pods are in full sun, not one bit of shade & everything thrives. No windburn! No sunburn! No bugs! 3 yr old granddaughter loves it. Thanks vegepod. Purchased from TVSN.
Purchased my VPod last Friday direct from the factory and had a great chat to Dave who supplied all I needed with some helpful tips. Thank you. I assembled my Vpod that night (with beer in hand) and firstly had a go with the written instructions (tricky) then used the videos which are fantastic. Not sure about the lead in music (my sharona) brought back memories of passion pop and harvey wallbangers!! Didn't get it right all the time but that was more my state of mind at the time and confirmed now that I have since reviewed the videos! Plants are happy. Love the ability of wheeling it around in my small courtyard. I am impressed, friends are impressed. Would purchase more if I had the room.
Not What I Expected
I found it hard to put together. Really is a two man job.
The hood kept coming off the base whenever I opened it and had to be slotted back in - very annoying
Hard to grow a combination ofl vegetables - especially a combination of tall and short as the only place tall ones can grow is in the middle otherwise the plant is squashed by the shape of the hood
The sprayer inside the hood kept coming away from the hose so I had to water by hand which meant lifting the lid which meant reattaching the lid as it kept detaching itself.
I ended up n...
I got a small vegepod for my apartment balcony. It's hard to grow veges on the balcony as we get a bit of wind.
Was very excited to get the call to say it had arrived, set it up and planted 4 different veges. They started to grow really well. My lettuce got aphids however that was easy to fix with sprays of pyrethrum for a couple of weeks. I had just started to do some harvesting when we got some strong winds. I was away at work when the canopy blew off, veges got severely wind damaged and I had to throw most of them out. I contacted vegepod...who said I was 'crazy' as wind didn't effect veges like I was describing. I sent photos of the damage. No response and no retract of the 'crazy' comment :-( Not a good business decision there. They did promise to send me extra clips to clip down the canopy more strongly. They took a while to arrive however have now had the clips for two weeks and they seem to be doing the job. Moral of the story... if you are in a windy area the vegepod is good however you MUST get extra clips otherwise the weeks you spend cultivating your veges will go up in smoke - or the wind as it may be.
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We have two small ones and they are great, have grown all sorts of veggies and herbs successfully. However, there are two 'faults'. The product is presented as being pest free but this isn't the case as small insects get in easily through the gap between the canopy and pod itself. I've since put in sticky yellow insect catchers which does work but it is a real pain having to constantly change them as they fill up quickly with dead insects. So, a long way from being pest free. The other issue is that the ends of the canopy frames are rusting, not a good look. It isn't the nuts and bolts as they are plastic.
Questions & Answers
I was wondering how often the potting, compost mix needs to be changed or topped up. Mine has been growing greens for about 6 months. Everything was fine however, my last lot of rocket seeds didn't do so well, they look very scraggly and now they are being attacked by some type of minute insect. There are, what looks like, heaps of eggs on the bottom of the leaves and some minute insect that is crawling over the leaves. The leaves also feel a bit sticky. As I said, have been growing greens but was thinking of trying radishes in the hope of adding some nitrogen or ? to the mix to help it. Should I refresh the soil first? Any ideas?
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