Polytunnels vs. Vegepod Raised Garden Beds?

If you don’t have much space in your garden or only have paved areas, a container garden like a Vegepod is the perfect way to add some beautiful greenery, herbs, or vegetables into your outdoor space. Even if you do have a large green space, a container garden can be one of the best ways to plant herbs and vegetables – or even flowers, without having to dig up your yard. If you’re interested in becoming a container garden novice, we’ve outlined some top tips to help you start the perfect container patch using our Vegepods.

Some key things to consider:

Polytunnel or ‘hoop houses’ provide a lot of space for growing, which is great for vegetables as they can get large without restriction. They are good at protecting your plants from wind and rain and therefore provide great growing conditions. However, realistically, polytunnel and hoop houses are big and bulky, not the most attractive, and can often require lots of maintenance.

The covers for polytunnel and hoop houses need to be replaced in as little as 4 to 5 years, assuming the cover stays intact that whole time. Issues with birds pecking, cats and dogs scratching causing rips and tears, or bright sunlight causing deterioration, make it difficult to predict when the covers need changing. Given the size and scope of the covers, repairing and replacing can be a very difficult and dangerous and expensive process.

Another issue you may want to consider with tunnel or hoophouses is that ventilation is much harder to control and get right. They are notorious for becoming too humid, which can easily cause plants to rot.

The heat and humidity also means watering can be laborious or you incur extra expense by installing an irrigation system.

Vegepods however, have easily changeable covers, that are inexpensive to and simply to replace and better still can be changed to suit the growing conditions. They also have controlled ventilation through the permeable mesh that mimics the advantages of a tunnel or hoop house concept –the arched canopy, and therefore protects from wind and rain, but also protects against excessive UV and pests. So many growers have their leafy crops or carrots (to name a few!) decimated by voracious cabbage white butterflies or carrot flies.

Vegepods achieves protection against these pests and many more by using an advanced, commercial grade polyethene knitted mesh cover like no other.

Our struggles with a polytunnel led us to Vegepods, and we hope our experience and advice here will save you from making a possibly costly choice. We love our Vegepods and we’re certain you will too!

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WHAT ARE THE FEATURES AND BENEFITS?

Tunnel houses or cloches require lots of space to cater to growing major amounts of plants, which makes them difficult to relocate or move around. They can often also require lots of maintenance when the cover or structure begins to rust or deteriorate. They don’t have the best ventilation and accessories and up-keep can get very expensive.

If you want to plant lots of veggies or just a small amount, Vegepods have different sizes. If you have limited space, Vegepods are compact and easy to move. If you sometimes go on holiday, don’t worry! Vegepods are self-watering. If you want to tend to your plants, not the tunnel house, greenhouse or planter itself, then a Vegepod, or two, or three, is for you! And with little to no maintenance required, you’ll wonder why you didn’t invest in a Vegepod sooner!

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Features: Benefits:
Small, Medium and Large Sizes Fits in all spaces & can plant a little or a lot!
Raised Container Garden Bed Elevated garden beds keep the plants away from pests on the ground.
Self-watering wicking system Waters plants from below and has a high-volume irriga- tion system. No more worrying about your plants when you’re away!
Polyethylene knitted mesh cover Allows light, air and rain in, but blocks from harsh UV and pests.
Accessories: wheels, stands and more. Can easily move your Vegepod on wheels, or work at height with stands.
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