I’m learning so much!
But seriously, it’s quite rewarding to finish an arduino sketch, upload it to the board, and have it do what it’s supposed to.
Starting with the right water is absolutely essential to the success of your hydroponic system. If I had a Reverse Osmosis (RO) filter, I’d probably use that water.
I found these barrels on craigslist for $20. Most of the ones I found in my area were chemical barrels which I didn’t want to use. These were food-grade pickle barrels. They stunk until I washed them. Now they’re in place and ready to go!
I now have about all the parts and sensors I think I need for my arduino controller. Next I need to get a clear plan for the logic of my arduino sketch. This will be my first real arduino project, so I’m not positive this loop will be workable.
Every 15 Minutes around the clock:
Then, when the night flag is set:
Once Day has started:
Additionally, I need a couple triggers to occur if certain probe readings are out of range.
Now, to do some coding…
After building my a-frame, I was having trouble getting even water pressure and nutrient delivery all the way to the top. I found this 9-spot manifold at Lowes that is perfect!
After reading about the kinds of plants I’m hoping to grow, I decided I need a spot that gets full sun most of the day. I’ll put all my full-sun plants on one side of my NFT A-Frame, then the partial sun plants on the back where they can get some shade.
I love data! Here’s how I did my sun study:
My first APDuino build is ready!
My data is even live and accessible anywhere via the interwebs. See?
I think APDuino has a couple shortfalls:
I like where they’re headed. For someone not interested in coding anything themselves, it could be an option to check out.