What a fun project this has been! I’ve created an arduino-powered controller for my first hydroponic garden. You see, I know nothing about plants. But, I figured if I could control their environment enough, perhaps I could make something happen. This setup tracks eight different variables in my garden and alerts me with a text …
I think I’ll be using something like this design for my NFT system. This guy has somewhere around 168 basil plants on here!
Eric Maundu is recovering this land and creating aquaponic systems to grow food and employ people. I love his vision!
Eric demonstrates a raft system and flood/drain system which are all web-connected.
One of the first pre-made controllers I tried was from APDuino Project. They offer a software solution that is basically ready to flash on an arduino. I was able to connect a couple of my sensors to their system, but it’s limited in what it offers.
Here’s a video of their Cube-0 Lite in operation:
This was one of the first videos that gave me that “fever.”
I especially like the scalability of the herb towers. What a super way to grow herbs that could be re-sold at a farmer’s market locally!
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find most of the technology he uses. Xively, for example, has closed free developer accounts. For this reason, I’ll likely be uploading data to my own sql table where I can store and analyze it.
Automation with a microcontroller like the arduino is what makes systems like this actually able to scale.
Here’s a video I found of a great dutch bucket setup for tomatoes. It’ll explain how to create the buckets (diy), pump timing, nutrient solutions, and more. Just look at the results!