Which Harvst smart grow system is right for me?

Which Harvst smart grow system is right for me?

Using our version of the ‘5 Ws and 1 H’ method to investigate your needs, we’ll hopefully help to steer you toward the answer of which Harvst grow system is best for you in this article.

Why might you want a smart grow system?

Grow systems typically help people grow more through functionality, automation and control.

In other words you might want to increase the amount you can grow, but perhaps lack the space, time or environment to do so. If this is the case, then you’re in the right place.

Where do you want to grow?

At Harvst we design and manufacture grow systems to cater for:

Indoors: H-Series range

Outdoors: S-Series range

Greenhouses or Polytunnels: S-Series or WaterMate range

You might not have indoor space but you have outdoor space, or vice versa, in which case you have your answer.

However, you might be lucky enough to have the choice, in which case the first thing to know is that both H and S-Series units are mains powered. Therefore you require an outdoor power socket for the S-Series, or you’re looking at the H-Series being most suited.

Should you have a greenhouse or polytunnel then the WaterMate might be for you – it’s available as mains or solar powered. Of course if you have an outdoor socket in your greenhouse or polytunnel, there’s nothing stopping you from using an S-Series in your enclosure. In fact a number of our customers including market gardeners use them as mega propagators to get ahead of the season and then after the season to continue growing year round.

When do you want to grow?

With the exception of our solar powered WaterMate models, all of our systems enable you to grow all year round to varying extents.

The mains powered WaterMate gives you some ability with the addition of accessories, such as heated seed tray, heater cables and grow lights to grow all year. This means you could create a modest area of your greenhouse or polytunnel dedicated to keeping mother plants alive through the winter for example.

The S-Series takes this a step further by providing a dedicated and more controllable growing environment. Check out Growing with an S-Series and Make every season a growing season for more information on this.

The H-Series gives you the ultimate flexibility to grow whenever you like – more information on this can be found here: Growing in an H-series indoor garden.

What do you want to grow?

Whilst our customers use our systems for a range of things from propagating trees to growing Orchids, most use them for growing their own food, so we’ll focus on this.

Looking at a crop / plant’s growing characteristics can be a good starting point:

  • If it grows underground e.g. carrots, potatoes, etc., you’ll be best looking at our WaterMate range. It is however possible to grow them in an S-Series with the shelving adjusted to take deep pots or containers.
  • If it grows above ground then you can probably use any of our systems. Some will be more suited than others e.g. with a max growing height of 1.3 metres in the S-Series it’s better suited for larger plants than the H-Series with its 30cms.
How do you want to grow?

The first fork in the road is do you want to grow in soil or hydroponically? Is worth a read of that linked article if you’re unsure.

  • If you want to grow hydroponically then the H-Series is the one for you, although you can also use it to grow in soil.
  • If you want to grow in soil then it’s either the S-Series or WaterMate.

It is worth doing a quick internet search to check if your desired crop grows with a tap root, or horizontal root system. Should the answer be a tap root, for example radishes, then you’ll be growing in soil and need to choose a deeper pot if you’re going with an S-Series.

Which smart Harvst grow system is right for you?

If you’re still unsure which is the right one for you, here are some of the key things our products have been designed to do:

WaterMate – provides peace of mind that when you’re away, or short on time the plants in your greenhouse or polytunnel get the right amount of water as well as extra when they need it most.

S-Series – if you don’t have the space, time, or environment and want the ability to grow outdoors all year round, then this automatic climate controlled unit gives you just that and more.

H-Series – enables you to grow meaningful amounts of your own produce indoors all year round from seed to harvest in one unit.