March 26 - April 1, 2017: Issue 306

Vegepods For Autumn Planting 

Easy To Make Lego Table Or Student Desk That Can Be Dismantled

Vegepods are a great idea for the junior gardener or for those who like to pick fresh produce straight from their Unit balcony.
For some plant out ideas, visit:  Salad Garden for Children 

Vegepod For Autumn

The science is in! Horticultural therapy is proven to reduce stress and pain, alleviate the blues and increase focus. Gardening helps people connect to living things, nurture their own nature and relax. 

Joanne Aquilina, founder of Therapeutic Gardening Australia, recently stated “In today’s modern urban environments, many of us don’t have access to a garden but with the Vegepod almost anyone can participate in active gardening.”

What’s great about these is you can also get the younger gardener interested in growing their food and then eating it as they are also just the right size for smaller people.

Vegepod is a Sydney based company with headquarters in Terrey Hills. Owned and operated out of Australia, starting in 2009, Vegepod prides itself on providing everyday Australians with a simple and easy way to grow chemical free vegetables at home. 

Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 stock these great do it yourself gardens at their Narrabeen, Mona Vale and Avalon stores and they have the potting mix and seedlings to plant out in them.

Vegepods are no more than 2 metres in height and 0.5 to 2 metres in width. This makes them perfect for balconies, small courtyards, patios and decks. Retirees who are living in aged care facilities can place these pods on smaller sized lots. Those who grow tired of spending all day in an office, can come home and snip a few tomatoes and salad greens for dinner – no need to make that trip through the supermarket as part of the journey home! 

The height of a Vegepod stand is no more than 55 cm, making the top of the bed 80 cm. This makes them ideal for those in a wheel chair, or for those who are less physically mobile

Vegepods have a self-watering system which means they can be unattended for weeks at a time. Similarly, the eco-climate covers allow air and water to penetrate, creating a micro-climate that accelerates plant growth with little effort. 

If you keep losing your parsley to possums and bandicoots then the commercial grade crop cover mesh keeps these nocturnal munchers out and you will get to reap what you have sown. 

HERB SIX PACK SEEDLINGS: $8 Assorted pack with carry handle. 

As Ms. Aquilina points out, this low maintenance system “Allows those with irregular health, travel commitments, or limited time to be confident that their plants will thrive, even when not attended.”

Vegepods are easy to set up, so the youngsters can help out here at the beginning. Just slide and click together. A 2m x 1m Vegepod with cover can be assembled in 1 hour.

Use a good quality bagged potting mix for best results. Please wear gloves and a mask when handling these products. 
The makers advise you will need:
Small Vegepod – 5 x 25L bags
Medium Vegepod – 9 x 25L bags
Large Vegepod – 18 x 25L bags

Small Vegepod – $155.00
Medium Vegepod – $260.00
Large Vegepod – $360.00

Small Vegepod stand – $60.00
Medium Vegepod stand – $80.00
Large Vegepod stand –  $150.00

Once your Vegepod is filled with a good quality potting mix – just plant it out with what’s seasonal. This is a great way for younger and older generations to join in deciding what they will eat and then getting to see it grow. 

What to plant now
Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, spinach and silver beet. Basil, parsley, oregano, chives and coriander love this time of year. Coriander and dill do well too. Podding peas, snow peas, and sugar-snap peas are available as bush types and will do well if planted now. Rig up a trellis or net for them to climb and plant seeds in direct sunlight.

Extra DIY Lego Table For Littlies Or Study Desk For Students

Tired of treading on bits of Lego left laying on the floor?
Does your school-age teenager have nowhere to store their books and papers?

This table uses three plastic drawer units on wheels, a 1.2m board, stools and Lego bases to create the perfect building center for littlies. What’s more, you can adjust the height by adding or subtracting drawer units and make it more secure by adding brackets at either end. If you want to keep it portable and put-away-able add another round of wood to the underneath of the board to slot the drawer/storage bins into so they secure when in use and can be lifted out when you want to put the table away.

Add a few coats of washable paint to the board, encourage a bit of creative decoration, and it won’t matter if your younger children colour outside the lines when using this for more than building Lego dreams.

This is also a portable play table that can be converted to a desk for older children – something individual for your individual that won’t cost too much and will only take a few hours to make. 

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They plan on continuing to grow this range over time, so please check back with them regularly.
If you don't see the products your after, but would like to request a quote, please email

You can access their online store here:
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