Growduino smart garden I've been toying with so many ideas of things to automate, but with the long days and an approaching 2-week trip and two young plants at home, I started working in earnest on a garden control project last night. "Growduino" seemed like the obvious name... This is the simplest possible version-- just an automated watering system, with the nutrient solution pumped up from a reservoir in the tub with a submersible pump. Here's a shot on Flickr: from the description: Note: the "plans" are in (roughly) increasing level of complexity/desirability-- not sure about aiming or CO2 scrubbing (?!) Garduino Upgrade, Now with more Twitter! A couple months ago I came across two great instructables. The first was the Garduino, an arduino controlled garden to help you grow plants at home. The second was the Tweet-a-Watt, a project that teaches you how to monitor your home power usage using Xbees and Twitter. I read about both these projects here at Instructables and in Make Magazine, Vol 18. I thought it would be great to combine both these projects and build myself an indoor garden that I could monitor from work via Twitter. If you're ready then head to the next step and begin the process!
Make Your Own Natural Bug Repellent Using Essential Oils « Hilltown Families Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me!By Tony(a) Lemos, HF Contributing Writer Click here to subscribe to the Hilltown Families weekly eNewsletter! Have it delivered to your email in box once a week for free! It is easy to make your own non-toxic bug spray by using store bought essential oils. Essential oils are steam-distilled pure concentrates of the natural oils present in plants, flowers, roots, and trees and can be purchased at your local health food store. The high amounts of essential oils that are so often found in store bought natural bug sprays are unnecessary, and can be made at home using less.To make your own insect repellent, combine rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, vodka, or olive oil with one of the essential oils listed below. Create your own natural bug repellent! If you find that you need to apply repellents several times throughout the day, and you are doing this everyday, I recommend that you make several different repellents and use them in alternation. Eat less sugar and more garlic!
Blog » Blog Archive » GardenBot Is Monitoring Your Garden GardenBot Is Monitoring Your Garden Davide Gomba — October 21st, 2010 Very interesting bottom-up product (but it’s not really a product, it’s more of an experience of nature-lovers and DIYers) do look after your garden: GardenBot is a garden monitoring system. This means that you put sensors in your garden, and GardenBot will show you charts of the conditions in your garden — so you can see the world the way your plants see it. I did… er, I mean hi. amazing story. via [gardenbot] Hydroponic Drip Garden for Vegetables, Herbs or Flowers Here are the items you will need:1 - 27 gallon heavy duty plastic storage box with recessed plastic lid10' of 1/2" PVC pipe5 - 90 deg PVC elbows3 - PVC T connectors1 - 3/4" to 1/2" PVC reducer1 - 3/4" PCV pipe to 3/4" Male Thread connector4 - 1/2" PVC J-Hook Hangers1 - Male Quick Disconnect to male 3/4" hose thread1 - Female Quick Disconnect to female 3/4" hose thread1 - 1/2" hose barb to female 3/4" hose thread 1 - rubber washer with filter screen3' of 1/2" flexible rubber hose1 - Active Aqua PU160 water pump12' 1/4' O.D. drip line hose12 - Drip stakes or drip nozzles with tie down stakes12 - Square Plastic pots sized to fit 3 across top of tote lid1 - 24 Hr timer with 15 minute on/off timing intervals The first 11 items on the list were all purchased from Home Depot and can be picked up at most hardware stores. The remaining item were purchased from a local hydroponics store in Billerica MA [www.greenlifegardensupply.com].
open source garden automation project The Brain The brain is where all the other modules come together. Physically the brain is mostly a couple of little boards and a lot of wires. Structurally, the brain has two parts to it. There is the microcontroller, and there is the local circuit. The microcontroller we are using in this project is an Arduino board. The local circuit is actually the back end for each of the other modules. The main idea is that you have a board where you can put the "local circuit" part of each module. Supplies: (see the parts page)Arduino boardUSB cablejumper wires / lead wiresbread-board / proto-boardall parts for the local circuit for each of the modulesthe GardenBot software package The hardware side of the brain Creating the local circuit board Here you will be creating a circuit board where you can mount the local circuit portion of each of the other modules. Let's take a look at a potential setup with an Arduino board and a couple of breadboards. Isolated power supply option Moving to a proto-board
Home Built Hydroponics Unit for an 8th Grade Science Classroom - The Hydroshack Lives Again! My wife teaches 8th grade science. This project "The Hydroshack" is a rendition of one I built over 20 years ago in my college teaching methods class. It is designed specifically for performing experiments in a science class. Please keep in mind that this instructable is not the only way to do this. Features:Uses NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) - Nutrient solution flows along the bottom of the troughs and washes over the plants roots.Very dense plant arrangement to accommodate 150 students in a 5' x 2' footprintCounter top unit that breaks down to be stored above the cupboards in the classroomEasy access to replenish and clean the nutrient tanks.Flexible controls to allow for differing conditions: nutrient flow, nutrient solutions, lighting etc... in each trough. Educational conditions:The Hydroshack will be used to teach the students the "Scientific Method" (formal experimental procedures) and also be used in the genetics portion of the class. Also, I had to redesign the control panel.
Plantduino Greenhouse UPDATE 7/9/11: The AC power fed relay has been replaced with a DC battery fed relay system as shown in step 10. UPDATE: We have been selected as finalists in the microcontroller contest! Thank you for voting and rating. Thank you also for all the feedback on the safety of out relay system. We hope the new instructions are clear. We will be continually updating as we make progress on the new design. Hello Everyone! My name is Clover and I am in love with vascular plants and robots. This summer I wanted to combine my two loves of plant science and engineering. I have constructed an automated watering and temperature system. This is my first project using an Arduino so I am using wonderful articles from MAKE and Instructables as very helpful templates.