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Vegepod good. Vegebag no good.
Over the years, I have bought three new Vegepods. The first was in August 2016. I assembled it shortly after, but did not get to fill and use it until August 2019. The second one I bought July 2019, and the third I bought May 2020. I find the fittings and stitching do not last well, otherwise I am relatively happy with the Vegepods.
The Vegebags are a different story. Bought 15 of them in Dec 2019. Bought them to give as gifts but only gave two away. I started using mine March 2020 - planted potatoes in some big ones and tomatoes in two others...
Purchased in May 2020 for $598.
Materials used are poor
I spent over 4 yrs researching the vege pod. The cost was pretty high for me so I saved and purchased a large pod in 2019 at a Melbourne flower and garden show. On receiving it one suppprt brace was missing and of the bolts weren't made properly, the grooves were missing. Last year when I emptied the pod one of the bases has a crack in it. It probably would have been better value to purchase a cheaper veggie bed from Aldis, the life span probably would have been more than 2.5 yrs.
Purchased in April 2019 for $500.
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 August 2019.
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 June 2018.
I am 76 years of age but l was not sure of one part when putting it together so rang and left a message no response from them so I studied the parts on their website and worked it out. It was very easy to put together by watching the videos after me doing all the base my son came and did the canopy and the stand which was great. Now to see with the veggies
Purchased in October 2021 at Sydney Wide Chiropractic.
Great product with a couple of caveats
I've had a lot of success with my two large Vegepods over the four or five years I've had them. In general the putting together and construction are good and as a growing environment it is capable of great results. However I've also encountered some of the issues raised by other reviewers. In particular the size of the canopy. One was fine; the other quite tight. It went on but put some of the joints under stress. After a couple of seasons two of the joints gave up the ghost. Hence, the photo. So, canopies can on occasion be too small. One of t...he sprinkler setups was supplied dodgy but I preferred not to use them as it can lead to mould growth on the cover mesh. As with most veg growing it is best to water in the morning. Always save money and weight by mixing in mostly perlite and some biochar. Unlike recommended by Vegepod it is not necessary to replace the growing medium every year. I get good results by revitalising and replacing the lost organic matter with compost, rock dust and pelletized chook manure once a year. One last tip: in really hot weather don't bother with shade cover you can buy from Vegepod for $45. Just throw over your shade cloth and peg it down.
Purchased at Vegepod.
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 May 2021 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 December 2020 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 October 2019.
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 July 2020 for $600.
Hi, I'm considering purchasing a Vege Pod but have been put off by the defensive/reactive replies to customer feedback from the company. I would suggest Vege pod appoint a representative to manage negative comments, someone who understands and empathises with customer feedback.
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...
Purchased in February 2020 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 February 2016 at Mitre 10 for $349.
Questions & Answers
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 podders 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 generally up to a foot. In between crops, you should pull out all the old deadened crops and ensure to take out the roots with them. Turn over / till the soil. We recommend you use some perlite throughout the soil to keep it light and fluffy - hence easy to pull out and till the soil. Some people believe in leaving old roots there to break down over time but this can take up space of nice new fresh soil or potting mix with plenty of nutrients being added in. Please feel free to contact our admin support team with pics etc and we'll endeavour to help further!
how much is the small size
Get an answer from our members and Vegepod representatives
- 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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