Frequently Asked Questions

Why are checks, credit cards, and coins not accepted for the $1 plans?

After almost 15 years, I paused USVG in January, 2020 due to the time and labor demands of operating a successful one man business. Since the outbreak of Covid-19, I’ve been humbled by the number of new and former customers asking me to make my gardens available once again.

This is why I’ve decided to reactivate USVG and operate it more as a service than a business. In response to Covid-19, I’ve cut the prices for my Personal Produce Garden Kits in half, actually more than half; and for the first time ever I’m making my assembly plans available.

So why are they cash only? I simply don’t have the time it takes to process $1 credit card and check payments. In order to keep my prices at a minimum I need to keep my time and labor costs at a minimum. For those who want an alternative payment method a $5 plan is offered in which you also receive a $5 credit towards a future purchase of $50 or more.

How long will Personal Produce Gardens last?

We’ve sold hundreds of gardens since 2006. Our two original Incredible Raining Gardens are still in use today. We changed our design to the Personal Produce Garden in 2011 and have yet to receive a single complaint about their durability.

Hot dipped galvanized fasteners are expensive. Can I use a cheaper fastener?

The corrosive nature of treated wood weakens most fasteners. A hot dipped galvanized coating resists this deterioration. A garden is only as strong as the fasteners that hold it together.

Do pressure treated timbers contaminate the soil?

Prior to 2002 most wood preservatives were arsenic based and did contaminate the surrounding soil. After 2002 most preservatives became copper based. According to Osmose, Inc., a leading wood preservative manufacturer, timbers treated in this manner do not contaminate the surrounding soil. As an added precaution, in our gardens, the planting mix is inside our containers and does not come in contact with the treated timbers.

Isn’t it cheaper to just buy produce?

That depends on what and how much you grow. Our gardens can extend growing seasons. With the right plant, the right care, and a little luck, it’s possible that a single plant could return your investment the very first season; it’s happened before. And the only way to be guaranteed fresh, healthy and safe produce, is to grow it yourself.

What kind of plants can be grown in a Personal Produce Garden?

In addition to flowers, the large containers used in our gardens allow for growing a wide variety fruits and vegetables such as Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuces, Cucumbers, Squash, Water Melons, Cantaloupes, Egg Plant, Strawberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Greens, Spinach, Beans, Peas and more. Our gardens are designed to extend growing seasons.

How long does it take to assemble a Personal Produce Garden kit?

For most people assembly takes 2 to 4 hours.

What tools do I need for assembly?

Minimal required tools include a power drill, bit, ratchet w/socket, phillips head screwdriver, and hammer. A saw is required for cutting timbers; a miter saw is recommended but not required.

Why is the Incredible Raining Garden no longer for sale?

We loved the IRG. It put us on the map. Unfortunately, it’s design was not conducive to the development of a kit. Once we introduced our Personal Produce Garden kit it took over our market. We’re now able to provide our customers a similar, more efficient garden for almost third of the price and can ship this kit anywhere in the continental United States.

What is U. S. Victory Gardens return policy?

Personal Produce Garden kits and watering systems may be returned within 30 days of receipt for a full refund less twenty percent restocking fee. Customer pays all return shipping costs. All assembly plans and parts purchases are final.