GardenMon(itoring project)


[Ken_S] sent in his GardenMon (coral cache) project. It’s a set of light, humidity, moisture and temperature probes that monitor the surface and below ground conditions in his garden. He’s using several picaxe micro controllers to take readings with a variety of off the shelf and commercial sensors. Once he started collecting the data, he added a programmable servo controlled watering valve with a configuration that he tweaks accordingly.
The site is on geocities, so use the cache.

I had a few requests, and this fits, so I added a home hacks category.

Comments

  1. Alan Parekh says:

    This is a cool project, I have been thinking of doing something similar (but not as complex). I was thinking a few well placed moisture sensors could be used to activate some soaker hose solenoids.

  2. Andrew says:

    very handy, perticularly if you live in Australia (water restrictions and everything).
    If the lawns big enough several of these units and seperate sprinklers could ensure adequate watering where its needed.

    Good job.

  3. Juan says:

    Wow. Hack-a-Day is reading my mind. I had to water a bunch of plants this morning for some family that’s out of town. I was thinking of a set up very much like this on my drive to work. Although my idea was for wireless communication powered by solar panels ala beambots (not sure if it would realistically provide enough power though, but a guy can dream).

  4. Tim says:

    This is a really cool project, I work for a non-profit that deals with Peak Oil and energy use, we’ve deployed some weather stations from Davis Instruments to do this kind of stuff, it comes with a wireless console and all sorts of nifty sensors, but the damn things cost $1,000 a pop, this may be a cheap alternative to Davis’s juggernaut. Does anyone feel like getting paid to make a few of these for us?

  5. Taotaoba says:

    This is a really awesome job. I gonna make one similar soon. My idea is to hack some cheap solar garden lights to house the sensors and transfer the data wirelessly. It would be more convenient to deploy and rearrange the sensors.

  6. nick says:

    neither geocities nor the cache work. Could someone post the site somewhere? This looks very cool.

  7. Ken_S. says:

    I agree; wireless and solar powered would be cooler, but I just knocked it out with the KISS principle.

    Tim; how many of these would you need?

  8. roger8wilco says:

    Exactly what ive been looking for! Im doing the same for my lawn and garden, but adding a nutrient injector to switch between lawn and garden (different nutrients)…

    anyone been able to get the code file of the remote programming module? i cant seem to download it..

  9. 787B says:

    Ken,That thing is too cool to have it stuck on geocities. You pick up gardenmon.com/net/org ($7/year from Go Daddy) and I’ll host it for nothing for a year. (After that I might ask for a few bucks/year. Since you
    would own the domain, I can’t hold you hostage. :)

  10. Gern says:

    found a good url:
    http://www.geocities.com.nyud.net:8080/GardenMon/GardenMon.html
    guess it got truncated :\

  11. Tim says:

    I’m not sure how many we would need, I’d have to talk to my boss, but we have Energy Farms all over the globe that could use this kind of monitoring without the $1kUSD for a Davis weather station– would it be easy to add more sensors for more info and.. oh I dunno, an application that put the data online :P

  12. luis says:

    defenetly could be a very usefull tool. I have been working on same concept, but involving more basic “hardware”…
    link was broken, and i wonder… Is it working?
    kindly amazed,

    luis

  13. Ken_S. says:

    >link was broken, and i wonder… Is it working?

    No, the link is broken. GeoCities has some how declaired me in violation of their Terms of Service. I’ve bounced a few E-Mails back and forth trying to find out exactly what the violation is.

    >same concept, but involving more basic hardware

    PicAxe’s are pretty darn basic, what did you have in mind?

    Good Luck!
    Ken_S.

  14. Chance says:

    You probably got the “slashdot” effect and they pulled your site because it was sucking a lot of bandwidth after hackaday picked you out.

    I am highly interested in this project. Any chance you’ll get it back online soon?

  15. Ken_S. says:

    >they pulled your site because it was sucking a lot of bandwidth.

    Probably, but every time I E-Mail them I just get back the exact same form letter. I don’t think anybody reads the message, they copy & paste the form letter in the reply and go to the next message.

    >I am highly interested in this project.

    What do you want to know about it?

    Good Luck!
    Ken_S.

  16. chance says:

    I am interested in the whole project. More so the probes you used and the methodology in general, as I have experience and development tools for AVR.

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