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This is just an update on the Arduino watering system, everything seems to be going well whilst I am away (I am away for ~a month, till the end of Blackhat / Defcon). In winter the plants don’t require nearly as much water and it seems that after 8 days the water level has dropped only 11.5cm in a reservoir ( read orange bucket ) that is about 60cm across.  The orange container is smaller at the bottom, probably around 45cm so an guestimated average of say 50cm for the diameter.

At this stage I was going to do the math to work out how much water had be consumed minus that of evaporation, but I’m too lazy right now.

At this rate that container should keep the 4 plants near it (tomato, chilli, orange, peppers) as well as the palm and the 2 trays as well as the random flower going for about 6 weeks!

 

Having a look at the stats everything seems pretty stable with the 4 plants :)

-AM

I’ve always been harping on about growing my own tomatoes and other veggies and earlier this year i attempted it for a while.Unfortunately with me going away for various conferences and generally being a forgetful lout i managed to kill many many plants!

What i wanted was:

What i wanted!

What I got was:

What I Got

So recently I was playing with my arduino and thinking about this, and got the idea to try and create an automated gardening system where my plants where automatically given water/light/etc without me having to worry about it. There are some fantastic resources online like http://www.instructables.com/id/Garduino-Gardening-Arduino/ and http://makeprojects.com/Project/Garduino-Geek-Gardening/62/1.

I began planning something i’d want, and ideally it would have to be this:

  • Moisture control for water
  • Water pump to water them
  • Light sensors for Lights and LEDs (red and blue for optimal growth)
  • Humidity to keep my plants cosy
  • Interface via LCD/Web to see how things are doing (if more water is needed etc)
  • Solar panel to allow the system to be completely stand alone

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