ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Top Vegepod Alternative in Australia: Foodcube

Raised bed gardening for growing healthy vegetables and herbs has become increasingly popular over recent years.

Raised garden beds are an easy and effective way to grow a variety of plants and provide a viable alternative to having to dig and plant in the garden.

What is a Vegepod raised garden bed?

Vegepod | Accessories
Image: Vegepod

A Vegepod is a complete raised bed growing system that makes it easy for anyone to grow their own fresh vegetables and herbs. It allows you to grow your fresh produce off the ground and away from common garden pests such as slugs and snails.

Vegepods are also self-watering with a unique mist spray irrigator and wicking reservoirs to keep the soil moist. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your plants hydrated.

In addition, vegepods have an all-weather canopy to create the perfect microclimate for your plants, no matter what the weather is doing. You can even purchase stands to have the growing bed at waist height and wheels so that you can move it around.

Why use a raised garden bed kit?

Raised garden bed kits are ideal for people who live in units or apartments and those who are renting. They don’t require an enormous amount of space and are quick and easy to set up. Plus, if you move house, you can just take your raised garden bed with you.

One of the advantages of using a raised garden bed kit is that you can have your veggie garden up and running in just a couple of hours. All you have to do is assemble the kit, fill it with potting mix and plant your veggies.

This is much faster than having to build your own raised bed on the ground because you have to get rid of the weeds first, gather all the materials, and then have the skills to use the tools that you need for the construction.

There’s also a huge benefit to having the raised bed at waist height, especially if you have back problems and have trouble kneeling or bending over.

Additionally, the raised bed keeps the plants off the ground and away from slugs, snails, and other garden pests.

The best Vegepod alternative: Foodcube 

Foodcube | Accessories
Image: Foodcube

If you love the idea of a Vegepod but just can’t fit it into your budget right now, we have an alternative for you. Foodcube is another Australian-made product made by Biofilta in Seaford, Victoria.

The Foodcube comes in two different sizes. The standard square Foodcube measures 1150 mm x 1150 mm with a depth of 500 mm. For smaller spaces, there’s also the Foodcube Slim which measures 1150 mm x 665 mm with a depth of 500 mm.

Both models are made from recyclable plastics making them very environmentally friendly. You can also raise the beds off the ground with the addition of 200 mm feet that can be purchased separately.

Another innovation from this manufacturer is that you can join two or more of the beds together using couplings that can also be purchased separately. In addition, you can get some attractive cladding panels and a trellis for growing better beans, cucumbers, and other vining crops.

How do Vegepod and Foodcube differ?

There are a few primary differences between these two raised garden bed systems.

While Vegepod has a spray mist system and a wicking bed, Foodcube has a large 110-litre water reservoir with soil cones. The soil cones allow the roots of the plants to wick up the water from the reservoir when they need it. 

This means that all you have to do is ensure that the reservoir always has plenty of water in it to keep your plants well-hydrated. It also keeps the water off the leaves of the plants which means there’s less chance of fungal diseases such as powdery mildew.

The other major difference between the two systems is that the Vegepod has a canopy while the Foodcube does not. But not having a canopy is not necessarily a bad thing, especially for plants that need adequate exposure to sunlight and don’t like a lot of humidity.

For example, if you’re growing Mediterranean vegetables and herbs such as tomatoes, eggplants, rosemary, basil, and oregano, you want to avoid creating a humid environment for them. Therefore, if you were using a Vegepod, you’d have to put the canopy up anyway.

What Foodcube does have, which I think is more important when growing vegetables, is the option of using a netting system. These systems can be purchased separately and consist of a frame that slots into strategic holes at the top of the bed and a fine mesh net that goes over the top.

This is the perfect system for keeping pests away from your veggies. I use something similar in my own garden beds when I’m growing brassicas like cauliflowers and broccoli in order to keep the white cabbage moths away.

Do wicking beds really work?

Wicking beds are excellent because they supply water to your plants where they need it the most – at the root level.

You see, plants naturally use their roots to search for water in order to supply all the moisture that the plant needs.

What are the disadvantages of a wicking bed?

In Australia, there aren’t too many disadvantages to using wicking beds. The only thing that you need to be aware of is that if you use non-organic fertilisers, this may result in a build-up of salts in the soil. 

This is because the soil is not being flushed on a regular basis. To avoid this problem, it’s prudent to flush the soil with water occasionally as this will also help to clean the water in the reservoir.

FAQ

Is Vegepod worth the money?

If you want to grow your own veggies the easy way, we think Vegepod is worth the investment.

How many bags of soil does it take to fill a Vegepod?

A large Vegepod requires 18 x 25 litre bags of soil to fill.

How often should you water Vegepod?

When your plants are still young and haven’t developed a good root system yet, you need to water them daily, either by using a watering can or hose or by turning the mist spray on for around 3 to 5 minutes.

Photo of author

Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.

ADVERTISEMENT

Leave a Comment