Protects plants from the elements
Easy to assemble
Simple to maintain garden
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Bed and canopy don't sit flush
Hi all,I bought a large vegepod a year or so ago thinking it would be fantastic. Unfortunately there is a major flaw I would like to point out to prospective buyers.
The canopy and plastic bed do not sit flush and in some parts there is a centimetre and a half gap. This of course is quite the problem when bugs, slugs, ants find their way in ... which they do. Basically better to have the veges out in the open for at least then they have natural predators which is not the case inside the pod.
Anyway otherwise probably good but 5 times planted with one complete refresh of soil to eliminate problem has left me with 5 cucumbers and a few lettuce leaves at a cost of about $600 soil (included) , a $100 cucumber!! And I though $5.99 was pricey!
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...
Quality is poor and customer service unresponsive
I bought the vegepod and was really excited to build it with my 6 year old son. We had bought all the saplings and mulch in anticipation of getting this garden up and and running in a day. We got to the last piece building the trolley but unfortunately we couldn't put the last wheel on the trolley. Turns out the thread on the "Angled trolley support" doesn’t take the thread on the castor wheel - so there was no joining the pieces or completing the trolley.
Next I started to build the vegepod itself thinking it would be good to get this up a...nd running. alas the rubber strip they supply to join the base together was all twisted and doesn't fit in the groove. The whole thing is typical Made in China and I'd say the quality control isn't the best. I called them straight away and then emailed them on the Friday but still haven't got a response 5 days later. Pretty poor service. I had one disappointed son and a vegepod only 1/4 complete.
A great asset to any garden
Appears to be well thought out & very durable, heavy construction. The stand adds to the cost but is the only version to buy if you are a decrepit old fogie that doesn't bend so well. Also, do not ever consider moving it once established, weighs a ton!
Few items though; agree with Bill re the canopy anchors, very difficult to lock in, # make sure the units are aligned with all the drain holes on one side if you want to recycle water, # the drain holes are too small, especially if you get torrential rain as in the "Sunshine State", sometimes. ...
So far so good but I have a couple issues
I haven't planted it yet, but I managed to get it assembled nd it seems quite sturdy, but I'm having a couple of problems so far. First of all, one of the legs doesn't have enough black paint on it while another has quite a rough texture. My other issue is with the canopy anchors. I cannot get them to lock over the edge of the perimeter. I'm exerting a lot of force with the side of a screwdriver and still cannot get them to lock over the edge. So far, I only got one to lock into position. I may resort to trimming the edge of the perimeter to get them to lock in place.
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!!!
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...
Vegepod company answered my complaint and sent me new attachments. The leaks are fixed and everything is now working well and plants are thriving in my small Vegepod at last.
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.
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.
bolts rusting on legs
When I saw Vegepod's in Elsternwick and on TV thought best item i had seen and purchased a few. They are fiddly to put together. The plants with good soil premium works well. The disappointment in first ones is that the leg bolts have rusted and will need to be replaced and Vegepod should supply with recall....
Great growing space and pest free. The only problem is the lid keeps coming off. Needs better clips to hold it on. Great otherwise and would love to get another one
illustrations rather than photocopies of photographs would be far more easy to understand, my instructions looked very much like photocopies of photocopies of photocopies , certainly the product fitter together well
Great little garden, but lacks quality
We are super pleased with the Vegepod as a growing bed, unfortunately it loses a point for the flimsy bolts which gave way and broke under finger pressure- and, we were mindful to slide all the bolts in first, as per the instructions. Fingers crossed that the remainder don't do the same and the whole thing falls apart!
I had a lot of trouble putting it together. The mesh is so tight the frame is a bit bent. I have not been able to secure the lid on properly as the little plastic clips wont stay in the bottom bit. So the lid just sits on top and gets blown off in the wind. I love the idea of the VegePod, have had 1 good crop of leaves and herbs. Its like I need an expert assembler to check mine out so then it will be more user friendly. I bought it when I saw the product on Shark Tank plus as an Avalonian I was keen to support a local business
Bored with it
Bored with it, bee's can't pollinate cause the lid is closed and the sun can't get to the soil and that goes mouldy.
Not deep enough for some veg like carrots
The Good and Bad
I've had my large vegepod for almost 12mths.
PROs: grows great veggies! Mostly keeps out the bugs.
CONs: difficult to put together. They supply PLASTIC BOLTS!? Yes, ridiculous when you consider the weight it's holding and the price you pay. 4 bolts snapped as we put it together and had to buy ones from bunnings. They didn't supply any extras in the box. The irrigation pipe end plug has also fallen off multiple times. Plastic clamps they supply are also a bad idea. We replaced with metal ones and problem solved. The clips for the hood are...also plastic. They fall off (slide out of the base) frequently which is annoying and haven't found a solution yet. You can't really glue them in and I can't find any sort of replacement. Mine has also rusted quite bad leaving the white looking not so great. In summary I still love the vegepod. But if they could make the changes and supply better fittings the quality would be so much better. Small changes but a big difference. I've wanted to buy another but haven't yet purchased another for those reasons.
Good but could be stronger
Veges are growing! So this is great. The hinge pieces keep sliding out though, so my cover often gets detached and a couple of the plastic hose clamps have broken and had to be replaced. If these small things could be fixed it would be perfect!
Mix of good with the bad
Initially I was very pleased with my two large vegepods. After 6 months I found the irrigation started to deteriorate. The round clips which secure the pipe became brittle and snapped off. I have irrigated my garden with pope irrigation equipment and I have never had a problem using these clips in the past. I can only assume that the clips used with the vegepod are an inferior comparison. I also found that for vegetables which require bee pollination, there was a reduced yield of produce due to the cover restricting access for bee pollination.
Difficult to put together but love the lid
I bought the small one. Bolts missing but still managed- had to get son to help as one predrilled hole didn't line up. Took me about 5 hours to bash it all together. Love the lid - take that pesky possums! However. 6 months later the connectors that hold the lid down fall off every time I open it. Produced some fabulous lettuce. Basil and tomatoes- now trying some spinach and kale . Would I buy another one? No- a cover for my usual pots would be just as effective I think. Have you considered selling "lids" for standard pots?
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