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This is my third growing season with the large vegepod, and I am getting close to taking it down to the tip. Plastic parts in the lid grow brittle with sunlight, and had to be replaced. The winter cover also tore and I ended up throwing it away.
First year productivity was OK. Afterwards I was careful to follow instructions and restore soil etc., but I have seen big declines in productivity since. I suspect the the pod is optimized for dry, hot weather and simply does not cope worse in a moist temperate environment - or at least is a step dow...n from the simpler, cheaper, and robust alternatives. Worst of all, the plants in the pod seem more bug prone than those in the rest of my garden - I'm now resorting to sprays and the like which I'd rather avoid. I wish I saved my money for a solid raised bed with cover.
Purchased in .
Frame connectors poor quality
I have owned the Vegepod for approximately 3.5 years. Whilst the overall design is good the vegecover frame connectors are made of poor quality material and is NOT durable. They started cracking into the 2nd year of use and is now most connectors are no longer usuable requiring replacement. I had it in a partially shaded area. I would have expected better quality given it's price.
Purchased in .
On principle the vege pod looks great. Upon receiving the boxes. Put the frame together found the watering hose missing and the tubes were sent within days great! I say only to find the netting did not fit. Requested replacement which was received but attempts to stretch the cover as advertised in the video was hopeless as it’s application required the strength of superman to fit it in the frame. At this stage there is a gape on two sides.
Not sure how other people get it together.
Purchased in for $600.
Buyer beware! I purchased this after quite a bit of research. I thought I was buying a good product. When putting the stand together x2 of the bolts were faulty and needed retapping. One of the screws was also faulty. One of the cross bars was scratched and sticky. Customer service was average. I sent an email and had no reply so I phoned 2 days later when frustrated as some holes didn’t align (I had already sent the bolts off to be retapped) and the only solution offered was for me to pull it all apart and then they would replace it. I decline...d because it just meant more of a delay in planting out the seedlings I had and I had already invested in getting it fixed. They really need to sort out their quality control and customer service. Just look at the previous reply’s on here and that’s what you should expect
Purchased in for $609.
was hoping for better veggies!
Set up my vegepod at my cabin in southwest British Columbia. Didn't need the irrigation line as we get lots!!! of rain.. Herbs grew really well but alas the slugs managed to find their way in and ate my cabbages which initially looked great. Tried some cherry tomatoes but the 2 plants outgrew the large size container.
Nest year will wrap some copper around the legs so the slugs won't climb up and in and will stick to small growing veggies and herbs.. Even though it wasn't a great success it was still fun trying
Purchased in .
LOVE THE CONCEPT BUT THERE ARE A FEW FLAWS
Was very excited when I found the Vegepod. Received it quite quickly and started to put it together only to discover that one of the corner struts was bent on the trolley with wheels. customer service was great and they sent out a replacement straight away. Then it was time to put the actual pod together where again I found there was a piece missing. Luckily I found a similar piece at Bunnings because Vegepod never did send out the missing piece, even though they said they would. Now after three weeks I see the wheel area connections are now r...usting. It’s such a great idea and my Vegas are growing but a few simple things could make this really good. For the cost of it - it’s not cheap I’m disappointed. Was going to buy another medium sized and small Vegepod but don’t think I will if things start to rust after only 3 weeks. Disappointing
Purchased in for $600.
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 .
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...
Purchased in at TVSN (TV Shopping Network) for $538.80.
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...
Purchased in at Mitre 10 for $349.
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 at Indianapolis Home 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.
Purchased in at Enfield Produce for $535.
Okay product. Quality control needs improvement. Not good in windy areas.
Hello I purchased a Medium Vegepod with cover and stand off TVSN and I have some problems. The sprays leak and one is fitted off centre so not all areas of the pod receive water. The other issue is the cover blows off when wind reaches 19 Kilometres per hour. The lid also blows off whilst hinged open when tending to the unit with only minimal wind. Fortunately the hose prevents the lid from blowing away completely. TVSN also shipped to wrong address.
Purchased in for $400.
Poor quality pod hood
Vegepod is 14 months old.
The hood frame is rusting from the inside out, and one of the plastic connectors holding the hood frame together had failed. Poor quality for the price paid
Purchased in at Bunnings Warehouse.
Caution,read all reviews before purchase
Very disappointed in the standard of construction. The mesh was to tight to cover the frame work causing it to bend. During a moderate storm the frame collapsed completely. Have tried calling several time, phone rings out. Eventually got a reply to an email stating it will cost $10 for each replacement 'T' bracket to rebuild the lid. No much faith in customer service.
Good concept but product quality seems very poor
I excitedly bought my Vegepod last year along with the stand for my tiny courtyard. Having grown up in the self assembly era I am no stranger to flat packs but this took it to a whole new level because the quality of the parts didnt fit easily together and there were too many of them. Once I eventually got it together it was out of square (and still is), the legs are not overly sturdy and the rust has already stained my tiles.
The cover on top has been effective in keeping the bugs off but the irrigation system has leaked since day 1 so I have...
Questions & Answers
We received our Vegepod a few weeks ago and love it. Dwarf beans, salad etc are growing well but because we use our water butt could we please have some idea how often to water.
Anne - UK
My vegepod is not thriving
Tomato leaves turning yellow
Strawberries not fruiting
Spinach not growing
Hi Anne, Sounds like a classic case of either not enough sun or not rich enough soil (or both!). Please also feel free to tap into the Vegepod Owners FB groupd (not run by us!) where over 10,000 podde...rs are all helping and sharing. A lovely mob and great resource. Thanks and welcome to the family!
I cant find a way to prevent build-up of large mats of very fine roots, no matter what I have grown in the soil. This has never happened in my regular garden so I would love to know why it does in the pod and how to deal with that, apart from a huge amount of energy to pull it all out and separate the roots from the soil
Not quite sure what you mean as a difference to any other garden bed. Hopefully i can help with a little advice. All plants will build up roots in the soil directly beneath them for genera...
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- The Vegepod Raised Garden Bed Kits are contained, making it easy to control the growth and quality of your veggies away from the ground and pests.
- It’s self-watering - a wicking system waters the plants from below the bed, letting your greenery last weeks without needing to be watered.
- A protective polyethylene knitted mesh cover protects your crops from pests and UV, and also regulates temperature by letting water and air get through.
- An overflow hole helps prevent the flooding of soil, so you’re not left with over-watered plants.
- This kit comes in a small, medium, and large size.
Points of praise:
- A number of reviewers reported that the pod’s mesh cover effectively protected their plants from the elements, and particularly helped seedlings survive even in high winds.
- They also said that the kit was easy to put together, even for gardening and DIY novices.
- According to reviewers, the pod’s self-watering worked well, which made maintaining their gardens very low maintenance.
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